Tag Archives: history

Tearing down Confederate statues leaves structural racism intact

Tearing down Confederate statues leaves structural racism intact

When protesters tore down the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on Aug. 20, it wasn’t just destruction of state property – a crime for which the protesters are now being investigated. Rather, the protesters knocked a powerful symbol of white supremacy from its pedestal – both literally and figuratively. Silent Sam, after […] … learn more→

Lessons in Chinese history as America shuts off from the world

Lessons in Chinese history as America shuts off from the world

Those who have studied history understand the importance of being engaged in the global economy. Two thousand years ago, China represented nearly 25 per cent of the global economy. In 1600, it was 30 per cent, and a third in 1820. The country was a global powerhouse, to say the least. There is a famous story […] … learn more→

When erudition is not enough, activism is a must

When erudition is not enough, activism is a must

Ron Chernow probably did not foresee his biography of American founding father Alexander Hamilton inspiring a Broadway musical. Six nights a week, however, the protagonist of his 2004 work can be found in New York – and now London – declaiming his political philosophy over a hip-hop beat, to rapt audiences and rave reviews. And […] … learn more→

South Africa wants to make history compulsory at school. But can it?

South Africa wants to make history compulsory at school. But can it?

South Africa’s minister of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has released a report from a ministerial task team that recommends a major overhaul of the history curriculum at schools. Most of the debate around the report has focused on its main recommendation – to make history compulsory in the final three years of high school from 2023. […] … learn more→

Why we still need to teach young people about the Holocaust

Why we still need to teach young people about the Holocaust

It has been more than 70 years since the Nazi-occupied Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. Auschwitz was the most notorious of all the concentration camps – where it is believed that more than a million people were systematically exterminated via state systems of execution and torture. Concentration camps were central to the Nazi ideology and victims were mostly Jews, Gypsies, black […] … learn more→

Confronting slavery: turning Brown’s difficult past into future opportunities

Confronting slavery: turning Brown’s difficult past into future opportunities

How should a university engage with the consequences of its own history? How can difficult and controversial pasts add to the quality and effectiveness of a university’s work in the present? Ten years ago,Slavery and Justice report; reflections and recommendations following from revelations about its early benefactors’ involvement in the Rhode Island slave trade. Today, […] … learn more→

Student explains why College graduates are so stupid

Student explains why College graduates are so stupid

After a good four plus years in college, I’ve had enough time to evaluate the whole professor-student dynamic. And after all this time, I’d have to say that I’m walking away with the most sympathy for my instructors, and not my classmates. A lot of people say that U.S. college students are really, really dumb. […] … learn more→

Why removing the Jefferson Davis statue is a big mistake

The removal of Jefferson Davis’s statue from its prominent location on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin this week may appear to end the university’s difficult struggle to shake off its historical embrace of racist values and practices. It does not. Removing the statue is a serious moral and ethical mistake. Remembering […] … learn more→