Primary Sources: History, Ethics, and Commodities

Several aspects of the historian’s general treatment of traditional historical documents has occupied significant mental energy lately. Items such as letters are generally not meant to be read by audiences en masse (or sold). Anne Frank’s diary was also not intended to be read by audiences (or sold by publishers) around the world (and was certainlyContinue reading “Primary Sources: History, Ethics, and Commodities”

“You Guys” and the Rhetoric of Implied Inclusion? – Hidden Power of Words Series, #16

A couple of days ago I had a conversation with a Facebook friend and colleague, Professor Eric Anthony Grollman (check out his webpage and his collaborative blog, Conditionally Accepted). He had a post suggesting that we all needed to stop using “you guys” when speaking to a group of Men and Women because “you guys” was exclusionary.Continue reading ““You Guys” and the Rhetoric of Implied Inclusion? – Hidden Power of Words Series, #16″

“Women” and “Men,” Part I – Hidden Power of Words Series, #15

Have you ever stopped to consider how much information is embodied and compacted into the words “Women” and “Men” and their synonyms? Not just information per se but powerful stereotypes and assumptions that embody a whole dictionary of meaning, even though it is probably inaccurate to a large degree. Upon hearing “male” or “female orContinue reading ““Women” and “Men,” Part I – Hidden Power of Words Series, #15″

Memorization Without Meaning Is Counterproductive: A Case Study Looking at “What is Texas History?”

This semester I am thrilled to be teaching Texas History again. Yesterday in class we spent a little over half of the period really analyzing the question, “What is Texas History?” I decided to do this as the second lesson (the first lesson is “What is History?” that reviews some basic terminology and course expectationsContinue reading “Memorization Without Meaning Is Counterproductive: A Case Study Looking at “What is Texas History?””

(Some) Joys of Art, and My Restaurant Obsession

During my time as an undergraduate student, I took four art classes–Art Appreciation, Contemporary Studies in Art, Art History I, and Art History II. Out of classes I took at the community college level, I learned more in my art classes than in any other classes. These classes transformed how I saw and interacted withContinue reading “(Some) Joys of Art, and My Restaurant Obsession”

Recognizing Beauty: Why I Am Critical and Have High Expectations

For an hour yesterday I was laying on my stomach with my arms stretched out and holding perfectly still inside a 3 million dollar MRI machine at M.D. Anderson located in a multi-billion (trillion?) dollar complex in the Medical Center located in Houston, Texas, in the United States, on this pale blue dot. I’ll be in this same machineContinue reading “Recognizing Beauty: Why I Am Critical and Have High Expectations”

To My Muslim Friends

To My Muslim Friends.   To My Muslim Friends, I understand that you are not evil, that you are not an extremist, and not a radical either. To My Muslim Friends, you are not a bad person, your God is good, the Quran is good, and your family is good, too. To My Muslim Friends,Continue reading “To My Muslim Friends”

100,000 Plus Hits: Thank you and a Look Inside the Blog

Moments ago I reached my 100,000th hit. My adventures in blogging began in May 2013 and continue. Many thanks to everyone who has visited my blog, especially regularly readers and subscribers. Blogging continues to be stimulating and rewarding in a variety of ways. I am continually surprised at how many ideas are generated on thisContinue reading “100,000 Plus Hits: Thank you and a Look Inside the Blog”