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June 29, 2017

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Professionalizing History 4: Howard Zinn and the War Against American History

I’d like to thank anyone who gave me their thoughts and opinions (in person or through email) about the first three installments of this Professionalizing History series. In the last installment, Part 3, I discussed the differences between empathizing and sympathizing with history, referring to an incredible conversation overheard in the hallway one morning. If you

The Historian Collection

Professionalizing History 2: What Does it Mean to be a Historian?

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, I talked about the importance of discussing history and put down the foundation of this entire series. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. Unlike many other careers, history doesn’t really have an elitist corporation dictating what’s important

Burkini Ban

My Thoughts on The Burkini Ban

With Islamophobia on the rise, “religious freedom” is consistently getting confused for radicalism and extremism. France, the victim of multiple attacks in recent months, has entered a serious stage of paranoia through the ban of the burkini, an extremely conservative “swimsuit” which allows Muslim women to enjoy the beach alongside Westerners.

Single Life or Married Life?

Is Being Single Better Than Marriage?

For centuries, marriage has been considered a necessary factor in society. One that creates a family unit to work in society while “training” the next generation – the married couples’ kids. We’ve seen multiple changes in social roles – especially in the so-called typical family unit – in the last few decades; thus, we’re seeing the social value of family change before our very eyes. Is being single psychologically better than being married?

Approaches to History

Approaches to History by Ken Lohatepanont

What is the best way to approach the study of history? This question is one that has grappled many great minds over the centuries. Most history enthusiasts such as ourselves who are not involved in the professional discipline tend to be more inclined to read about the history itself; after all, that’s the content that we’re most interested in! However, I think that it’s worth taking a little time to ponder methods of historiography. What is the best way to tell the story of history?

Now? Later.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

If you think about it from an evolutionary standpoint, procrastination seems like a pretty terrible trait. Consider the nomadic tribes of primitive humans: Those early men and women who had to survive without WiFi and grocery stores. Imagine what would have happened to those early tribes if several well-endowed, good hunters decided “eh, we’ll chase the food down tomorrow morning.” They wouldn’t have survived. Humanity might have been delayed, even.

Augustus

Quick History: The Month of August

If you’re like me, you just realized that 2016 is already well over halfway finished. We’ve entered the eighth month of the year 2016, yet I still feel like it’s 2012. For the next thirty-one days (counting today), the Gregorian calendar will be flipped to the month of August. The month of peridot and sardonyx, of gladiolus and poppy, and of Leo and Virgo.

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