Brad Pitt, Not So Hidden Racism and Sexism, and “World War Z” (2013)

World War Z is a poor movie that boosts Brad Pitt, racism, and sexism. For a fairly crowded theater, I have never seen it empty as quickly as it did yesterday.  Beware – spoilers follow. With a name like World War Z and the strong connotations associated with the words “world war,” I expected World War Z to be a warContinue reading “Brad Pitt, Not So Hidden Racism and Sexism, and “World War Z” (2013)”

15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Graduate School

While I have absolutely loved graduate school and encourage others to attend (if appropriate), there were many things no one told me about graduate school until I was there or discovered them on my own. The following are based on experience in a history doctoral program, so they may not apply in every case, especiallyContinue reading “15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Graduate School”

Historical Perspectives, Cultural Readings, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Last night I watched the 2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (hereafter, ALVH) for the second time. As a historian, I always unavoidably see movies with a somewhat different set of eyes. After all, everything has a history and involves history; therefore, movies, consciously or unconsciously, unavoidably touch on historical issues, and involve political agendas, and other concerns for the scholar. InContinue reading “Historical Perspectives, Cultural Readings, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)”

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) and Gender

The Lincoln Lawyer (which has nothing to do with President Lincoln or things he would stand for), by everyday standards, is basically a good movie. It received positive reviews from the public and critics. BUT, its portrayal of women and gender really stood out to me as problematic. Check out Wikipedia’s brief summary of the film here. Continue reading “The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) and Gender”

Some Perspectives on Memorial Day

This is the first blog entry of many that I anticipate will involve articulating many sensitive issues. The ideas discussed here have been on my mind for sometime and are not entirely original, but these were on my mind more than usual this past Monday. Memorial day tends to present special concerns for those keenlyContinue reading “Some Perspectives on Memorial Day”

My First Blog Posting

Welcome to my blog. With this posting, I am finally becoming a blogger I suppose. One of the more recent inspirations to start a blog came from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education called, “How Blogging Helped Me Write My Dissertation.” Now that I have finished my comprehensive examinations, I will be devotingContinue reading “My First Blog Posting”