Monthly Archives: March 2011

Legendary Drummer Seeks Royalties

The legendary drummer Clyde Stubblefield is seeking royalties for his much-sampled beats, which have been re-used by thousands of musicians.  Stubblefield’s influential drumming style is considered a crucial aspect of the music history of modern rock, funk, rap, and hip-hop. … Continue reading

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Expanding Use of FOIA Requests on Faculty Members

Now that the news of an open records request on University of Wisconsin Professor William Cronon has gone viral, other faculty at public universities are already being targeted by politicized FOIA requests, as a story in the New York Times … Continue reading

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Anthony Grafton Comments on the Cronon Affair

Anthony Grafton, an early modern European historian and current President of the American Historical Association, has published a comment on the political attacks on William Cronon in the New Yorker. Grafton provides contextualization and commentary, referring to this growing controversy … Continue reading

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American Historical Association Supports Cronon

The American Historical Association has issued a statement supporting Professor William Cronon against Wisconsin politicians who are seeking access to his e-mails.  For those readers not familiar with this case, see my previous postings about this abuse of freedom-of-information laws.  … Continue reading

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Of Pirates, Empire, and Terror

An interview with Lauren Benton and Dan Edelstein, authors of two new books on piracy, imperialism, and violence appears in a recent issue of the academic journal Humanity. Lauren Benton’s book, A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European … Continue reading

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Napoleonic War Finance in the Media

Princeton economist Paul Krugman discusses war finance during the Napoleonic Wars in his New York Times blog. This short piece is based on an academic journal article published in the Journal of Economic History in 1991.  The article by professors … Continue reading

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Neapolitan Music and the Camorra

A new musical movement in Naples appears to be intimately linked with the Camorra (Neapolitan mafia). WBEZ’s Worldview offers a story on the “neomelodics.”

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