Teaching

If You Don’t Stop, You’ll Go Blind

Update: Looks like Williams has uncovered more evidence in support of the popularity and pervasiveness of A People’s History in college classrooms.  What evidence?  It turns out his publisher says…

The Best Jobs in the U.S.

I don’t need to be told by some independent source that I have an awesome job.  Still, it doesn’t hurt to have it confirmed. 1. Mathematician 2. Actuary 3. Statistician…

When Did the Civil War Start?

Dimitri Rotov seems to be perplexed over what is being billed as the first major event of Virginia’s Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration.  Since I am on the advisory board for…

Discovering Reconstruction

I am doing quite a bit of reading over this holiday break. One of the books I am making my way through is Capitol Men by Philip Dray. The book…

A Conservative Threat on Campus?

How often do we hear from certain quarters about the overwhelming bias among so-called liberal academics who stifle free-thinking and use their classrooms as bully pulpits? Most of these claims…

Being Civil War Memory

It finally hit me early yesterday morning why I felt just a little uncomfortable about giving the commemorative talk on the Fredericksburg battlefield.  I am used to addressing audiences –…