Category Archives: Human Rights

The Post-Democratic Age and the French Revolution

We live in a “post-democratic age” according to numerous historians, political theorists, and political scientists. Sophie Wahnich recently published an article in Libération, affirming that European society is characterized by a post-democratic political system. Wahnich argues that: “Nous vivons, en … Continue reading

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Suffragettes: Women, Politics, and Violence

Physical violence is often assumed to be a properly—or even exclusively—masculine domain. Yet, women have at times played very active roles in exercising physical violence. In the early twentieth century, some Suffragette activists carried out violent attacks in England as … Continue reading

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Masters in Social Sciences

The University of Chicago’s M.A. Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) is seeking applicants. Note that the University of Chicago includes History in its Social Sciences division, so this announcement may interest History majors and minors at Northern Illinois University. … Continue reading

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On Brutality and Executions

Lynchings of African-Americans have been in the news over the past week, since President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast (see my previous post) produced a sustained media discussion of brutality and executions. Now, the New York Times reports … Continue reading

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Fear and Racism in Film

Racism seems to feed on intense fears, portraying ethnic groups as representing an exaggerated threat to social order, employment, and family life. For over a hundred years, films have played an important role in the construction of racial stereotypes, the … Continue reading

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Beyond the Binary: Trans* History in Early America

Beyond the Binaries: On Gender History

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Northern Star Report on Charlie Hebdo Attacks

The Northern Star, the student-run newspaper of Northern Illinois University, has published several reports on the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The latest piece, “NIU professor to take lessons from Paris’ Charlie Hebdo marches to history class,” featured an interview I did … Continue reading

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