We Need History About Roma

NPR has the right idea. This week we need to be reminded of the history of the Roma people instead of just focusing on fear and stereotypes. In their story “New Stories Dredge Up Old Stereotypes of Europe’s Roma” Dr. Jennifer G. Illuzzi, assistant professor of history at Providence College in Rhode Island, talks briefly…

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Must Watch Alert: PBS “Many Rivers to Cross”

Talk about history we need: Professor Henry Louis Gates and PBS have put together a six part mini-series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” that starts with the black man who accompanied Ponce de Leon as they first stepped foot on Florida and ends with President Barack Obama.* The description from their website reads:…

The History of Cool (Dance Moves)

Has anyone else noticed the concept of “cool” seems to have cycled around again and is being examined and pondered and mused upon? Or maybe it’s one of those topics that’s always floating around and I just noticed. Either way, this is a fun examination of the history of dance as a representation of “cool”…

Kathleen Flenniken’s Shell Game

What an amazing mixture of poetry, memory, and historical reflection. Your personal experiences are your reality until they are the past. Historical perspective and context can change the meaning of your experiences. What better way to wrestle with conflicting emotions than through the arts. The combination of poetry and film here makes a powerful statement…

History Makes Economics More Interesting!

This is a wonderful blend of history and economics. It effortlessly integrates some major historical practices and concepts (oral histories, searching out the answers to a historical rumor, finding documentation and ultimately revealing some of the complexities that exist between memory and history) as a way to illustrate some economic principles for listeners. The Cost…