history, google maps Show more
A talented colleague of mine has been assembling a map of Lakota place names in North America and it's looking great!
You can see the map here:
You can also read about it on his blog, The First Scout:
environmental determinism joke Show more
I'm no proponent of environmental determinism but the environment seems determined to prevent me from attending a conference I was supposed to present at tomorrow. ❄️
history Show more
History is really wonderful. Not everything that happened, as that was all mostly bad, but the act of doing history, sequestered alone in an archive or in the stacks day after day and the feeling that comes with slowly starting to understand the barest outlines of the contours of the scope of the past in that process is so deeply rewarding to me.
Thesis Writing Show more
The first draft of my thesis is done! The problem is that I have over 150 placeholder footnotes I need to fill in because I was lazy in small increments over the past few months.
Russians Imperialism Thesis Writing Show more
Those tactics also MIGHT have something to do with why all of these highly connected, highly mobile communities in the north Pacific knew about the reputation of Russians fur traders for being awful kidnappers and murderers as soon as they arrived and responded accordingly.
Russians Imperialism Thesis Writing Show more
Russians in the Aleutian Islands in 1771: These people attacked our ships and killed us all for no reason.
Also Russians on their fur-extraction practices: "They beach their vessels and try to take hostages, children from the island or nearby islands. If they cannot do this peacefully, they will use force."
IDK how you "peacefully" kidnap a bunch of people but whatever I guess.
Debate Show more
I've used debates off and on in classrooms for years, and with the right framing I think they can help build oral and written historical reasoning skills such as proper use of evidence to support a thesis, but I've never gotten over a Jesuit colleague who told me he never used debate because it assumed the use of knowledge as a weapon and I vacillate on how correct that is.
"I am tired of fighting my friends. I am tired of trying to convince them that I matter as much as their romantic interests and partners. In many ways who we choose to love is also a decision of who we invest in, and who we distribute the resources necessary to keep one another alive—including care.
We can stop politicizing desire when we stop distributing our love and care based on it"
Romantic Love is Killing Us: Who Takes Care of Us When We Are Single? by Caleb Luna
citations Show more
Just LOVE IT when I follow up on a footnote and all it is is a broken link and some garbage too vague for me to find the source otherwise.
revolution, Robert Frost Show more
I'm starting teaching the French Revolution this morning and I always like to start the unit with this Robert Frost poem:
Also I spend a whole lecture on Marxism and Marxist concepts of revolution later in the year so don't @ me about Frost's problematic conception, I'm already aware. :)
Grad Student Unions Show more
Weird that the program with a graduate student union pays 1/3 more and provides health benefits and the one without a union doesn't. Super weird how that is. SUPER. WEIRD. NOBODY KNOWS WHY.
Accepted! Show more
I just accepted an offer to start a PhD at the University of Oregon! Anyone from the fediverse there? What's the dirt? What's are the good bits? I'm so excited!
"Criminal Justice" Show more
I'm uninformed on this, are all "Criminal Justice" departments at universities just a bunch of cop apologists training more cop wannabes?
imperialism Show more
Here's a euphemism used by imperial Russians to describe a people they couldn't conquer to assuage their egos: "The tax was paid on a voluntary basis, and it's payment was encouraged by presents." Yeah nope that's not a tax that's just trade.
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