Monthly Archives: August 2013

Increasing Sectarian Attacks in Iraq

Originally posted on Center for the Study of Religious Violence:
Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militant groups is increasing once again in Iraq. According to the New York Times, “Across the country, the sectarianism that almost tore Iraq apart…

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Area 51 Acknowledged

Recently released Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents acknowledge the existence of the Area 51 military base, which has developed experimental aircraft since the 1950s. The U2 spy plane was developed and tested at Area 51, but the base has since … Continue reading

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Cost of a College Education

As the Fall 2013 semester fast approaches, Illinois students and their parents are expressing concerns about the cost of a college education. Yet, news reports on the costs of higher education are often filled with erroneous data and exaggerated figures … Continue reading

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Defending the Humanities and the Idea of America

Carol Geary Schneider (President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities) and David Townsend (Senior Advisor for Seminars of the Aspen Institute, and Director of Wye Seminars on Citizenship in the American and Global Polity) have proposed a new … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells and the History of Wargames

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of H.G. Wells’s Little Wars, which created modern wargaming. Long before shooter and strategic video games, model lead soldiers were used to simulate battles in miniature wargames. In 1913, just before … Continue reading

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Debate on Dissertation Embargos

Debate continues on dissertation ’embargos’ following the recent statement by the American Historical Association (AHA). A previous post on this website discussed the AHA statement and criticisms of its policy recommendations. The Chronicle of Higher Education explores the issue through … Continue reading

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