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Noted and Quoted, summer 2017

Posted 1 week 5 hours ago
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Algal blooms, Waffle House eclipse-viewing, food insecurity, Planet of the Apes, work-life conflicts and many more stories, Franklin College faculty kept a full schedule in media across the globe this summer. Here's a sampling:

Assistant professor of geography Jerry Shannon creates map of Waffle House restaurants to watch the solar eclipse from – AJC, R&B, WSB, Q & A in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Science says: Trump team garbles climate science (Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd) – WTOP

Trump’s tax plan a reminder of...

Iroquois: Population Dispersal and Signaling Networks

Posted 1 week 4 days ago
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Anthropology professor Jennifer Birch co-authored a new paper in Science Advances that focuses on Northern Iroquoia to illuminate the effects of population dispersal on regional signaling networks:

What happens to regional social interaction networks when an important group leaves the network? The dispersal of Iroquoian groups from the St. Lawrence River valley during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries A.D. has been a source of archaeological inquiry for decades. Social network analysis presented here indicates that sites from Jefferson County, New York at the head of the St....

The history of summer vacation

Posted 1 month 5 days ago
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Professor Stephen Mihm shares a history of how summer vacation took hold on the pages of Bloomberg:

By the early 20th century, the idea that parents and children alike needed to rest their brains and commune with the great outdoors had become an article of faith among the middle class.  While summer vacation never grew to the outsized proportions found in many European countries, it has nonetheless persisted as an American ritual, with July and August the peak months for family sojourns.

In recent years, though, this once-solid institution has eroded.  Many school districts,...

Happy Juneteenth

Posted 2 months 3 days ago
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Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States:

in 1979 Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. (Ironically, the bill was passed on June 7, the anniversary of Homer Plessy’s arrest on the East Louisiana line, as covered in Plessy v Ferguson: Who Was Plessy.) Leading the charge was Rep. Al Edwards of Houston,...

Summer Program in Public History in Washington, DC

Posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Public history is the work that historians do outside of the university to bring history to a wider audience. This can take place in many different settings but includes historic sites, museums, archives, libraries, parks, and monuments.

UGA's Summer Program in Public History consists of a two-course sequence (6 credits).

During Maymester students take HIST 4026, Public History in Washington, DC, which offers an introduction to public history in the nation's capital. Class meetings are held at cultural institutions on the Washington Mall. During these site visits, students...

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