Given Audrey’s post on the Texas textbook controversy several weeks ago, I was excited to see the issue pop up again, this time framed in an interesting context and with some connection to this week’s discussion. “Studies in Crap” is a weekly blog written by Alan Scherstuhl for The Pitch (a Kansas City news/entertainment/events website). […]Read more "Texas Textbooks Revisited"
The Huffington Post is a favorite blog of mine, so when in the course of my surfing I ran across Jeffrey Kaye’s February 25th article, “Short Memories: Jews and Immigration,” I thought it was a really timely post given last week’s discussion. Kaye’s thesis is simple but hardly without controversy, “that the Jewish immigration experience […]Read more "A Call for Empathy"
For those outside the class who are interested in joining the conversation online, this week we are reading: Anzia Yezierska’s 1925 novel, Bread Givers, which tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, a Jewish immigrant girl struggling to make her way in the world. Two articles from The Public Historian. — Ruth J. Abram, “Kitchen Conversations: […]Read more "This week 2/17"
In the South Park episode “Goobacks” (4.28.2004), the town is infiltrated by people from the year 3045 who have entered the nation through a time portal and are looking for work. The future is dismal; the economy is failing and jobs are very hard to find. The people of the future do not look like […]Read more "South Park Addresses Immigration"