Monthly Archives: March 2013

Restoration Work at the château de Versailles

Louis XIV expanded the château de Versailles in the 1680s, creating a grand palace complex that became the effective administrative capital of France. Louis XIV’s royal state promoted Bourbon dynastic interests and managed the French military from Versailles during the … Continue reading

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Digital Humanities Postdocs

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is sponsoring several postdoctoral fellowships on digital humanities projects in medieval studies. The announcement reads: Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies Information for Applicants NOTE: All postdoctoral fellowship positions are contingent … Continue reading

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Renaissance Cartography and the Naming of America

The history of the naming of America is already well-established. The famous Martin Waldseemüller map of 1507 is the first known cartographical project to utilize the term America to designate the lands reported by Amerigo Vespucci. The map was collected … Continue reading

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Why Professors Shouldn’t be Armed

Lucinda Roy, a Virginia Tech professor who met with Seung-Hui Cho prior to his shooting rampage in 2007, argues that university professors should not be armed. Roy asserts that “College professors and K-12 teachers are not law enforcement officers. It’s … Continue reading

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Early Modern Religious Orders

The Newberry Library in Chicago hosted a conference on Early Modern Religious: Comparative Contexts this weekend. The conference offered comparative perspectives on monks, friars, nuns, and lay people who were involved in Catholic religious orders in early modern European, Mediterranean, … Continue reading

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Sexual Violence in the U.S. Armed Forces

Sexual violence in the United States Armed Forces has become a major problem. Numerous studies and public scandals have highlighted incidents of rape and sexual harassment, which have often gone unpunished. Women who report sexual harassment and rape claim that … Continue reading

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Massive Spending Cuts on Higher Education

State governments across the U.S. have made massive spending cuts on higher education since the financial crisis of 2008. The spending cuts by states are one of the key reasons for increasing tuition rates at  American public universities. Other factors … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War (2003-2011). The BBC has published a special report on “Iraq: 10 Years On.”  Le Monde offers a video documentary on the … Continue reading

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Jane Goodall Plagiarism Accusations

World-famous primatologist Jane Goodall has been accused of committing plagiarism in her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants. Goodall’s book apparently uses passages from various internet sites, including Wikipedia, without quotations or attribution. … Continue reading

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Women Already in Combat

American women are already serving in combat. Although news analysts and commentators continue to debate the merits of placing women in combat roles, many women soldiers and veterans have been dealing with the realities of combat duty for quite some … Continue reading

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