We should speak of it as an attack on history, which it was. This was the church founded by Denmark Vesey, who planned a slave revolt in 1822. Vesey was convicted in a secret trial in which many of the witnesses testified after being tortured. After they hung him, a mob burned down the church he built. His sons rebuilt it. On Wednesday night, someone turned it into a slaughter pen.
We should speak of it as an assault on the idea of a political commonwealth, which is what it was. And we should speak of it as one more example of all of these, another link in a bloody chain of events that reaches all the way back to African wharves and Southern docks. It is not an isolated incident, not if you consider history as something alive that can live and breathe and bleed.
Roger Casement a British consul official to the Congo used the following terms to criticize his superiors in 1903.
- “a gang of stupidities”
- “an abject piffler”
- “wretched set of incompetent noodles”
I’m very curious about what exactly would make a noodle incompetent.
Source: Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost (1999).by
The A.V. Club examines a song that went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts to get to the heart of what it means to be popular in pop music and why The Rembrandts’ hated it.
This is the story of the secretary of the Manhattan Project who was born in Kansas City and graduated from Smith College. She was living in Santa Fe when approached to become a secretary for ‘Project Y’.by
I have never been a big fan of House Music but you can’t doubt its influence of popular music. Below is the track that seemingly started it all.
You can see the final footage of the Amelia Earhart before she went missing during her attempt to fly around the world.by
Interesting story and documentary about what it was like working for Columbia House in the 1990s. One of the most interesting points is how the music industry helped create the digital ‘sharing’ of music through their marked-up CD sales.
A Dartmouth faculty member has produced an APP that monitors student behavior – study time, partying, sleeping, exercise, etc. – to determine what a student’s GPA will be at the end of the semester. As far as I can tell, the APP has not been released to the public, but some of the take away points is that high performing students tend to limit conversations at the end of the semester and spend more time studying than partying.
Source: StudentLife Studyby
Interesting story about how the idea of authenticity in modern country music makes it difficult for women to be successful in the genre. Compares current stars to some of country’s past artists.
Interesting story on how the educational accountability movement began in the progressive era and why teachers have not been able to resist or stand up to it. The author, however, suggests that higher education has been able to resist the accountability movement, but anyone involved in reaccreditation at a college or university knows that isn’t true anymore.
Spotify is going to begin hosting streaming videos and podcasts alongside music. I’m not sure I like this change in focus. Hopefully it doesn’t mess up how they provide music.
Interesting story from Inside Higher Education about a way of teaching research skills in the Humanities. The inquiry approach is something I could see using in Historiography, not sure about team-based research though.by
Great Chronicle of Higher Education piece about how technology can not address inequalities in education, because it does not have the power to inspire the motivation that students require to succeed. Moreover, technology without a trained and dedicated instructor also fails to achieve highest of outcomes.
Very interesting story about the grade level of the lyrics in popular music. Country comes out looking pretty good and so does Nickelback (?!?!). It’s hard to argue with the data – although I would really like to.
“Takeoff: The Oral History of Nirvana’s Crossover Moment,” is an interesting group of quotes from underground bands of the 1990s about Nirvana and the Nevermind Album.by
This interesting story, “How We Discovered Three Revolutions of American Pop,” marks 1964, 1983, and 1991 as the most important turning points in rock music.by
Here is another story about how streaming music is changing the basic economics of the music business. Kelsey McKinney’s “If you want to use music, you’ve got to pay for it: Music’s crisis, and how to fix it,” provides some new insight in the music and technology.by