Anthropology and Ethnography
Affective Dimensions of an Online Fandom Community
It is no secret that many people, especially young people, spend lots of time on social media, but what are they actually doing while they’re scrolling through their phones or staring for hours at a computer screen? Tom Boellstorff stipulates that many of these individuals are taking part in what h
Mother, May I? Analyzing Social Structure within American Food Culture
Exploring gendered notions of domestic foodwork through the mid-20th century to the present. What does the value placed on proper place settings and meal presentation say about American dominant social cues?
Kinfolk: Our Items Make You More Valuable
Exploring the community of Kinfolk magazine.
The Story of American China
Detailing the history of the Syracuse China Corporation and the emergence and evolution of American china.
Regarding Struggles for Latin American Independence
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Latin and Central American colonies under Spanish and Portuguese rule subsequently declared and fought for independence. From 1808 to 1825 individual colonies succeeded in winning their struggles for independence as their own nations and republics. Of part
The Lost Colony of Roanoke: An Example of Historiographical Reform
An evaluation of the historical writing on the lost colony of Roanoke over the last forty years.
The Roles of Historic Preservation and Urban Revitalization
Historic preservation gained momentum after the conclusion of World War II, when many mainstream families fled to the suburbs, leaving cities full of immigrants, the impoverished, and racial minorities that were falling down around them. Andrew Hurley defines historic preservation as it being “bett
American Indian Activism: Taking A Look At Discourse in Sociopolitical Conflict
A discussion regarding the nature of the Red Power Movement, starting with the occupation of Alcatraz from 1969 to 1971 and through the standoff at Wounded Knee in 1974.
Toward A Balanced Public History
History cannot be only absolute or only relative, but must maintain a balance of each. Absolute aspects of history are the actual people and events that took place. These are statistics that cannot be changed. Relative history is how these same aspects are interpreted as a whole. Relativity is w
Popular Memory in Public History: A Discussion
Recently, representation in museums has become part of a larger debate over whether or not popular public memory should influence the writing of history and the construction of museum exhibitions. While it is important to note that history is not the same as collective memory, it is also important
A Discussion of the French Revolution
How the transition into the reign of King Louis XVI led to the outbreak of violent revolutionary tactics in 18th century France.
Comparing the American and French Revolutions
For over 200 years historians have compared and contrasted the American and French Revolutions, outlining the causes of each and how Western civilization was changed by their occurrences. While some of the causes of the revolutions were similar in nature, the initial sparks for each were quite diff
The Story of Haiti
On January 1st, 1804 the inhabitants of Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, declared independence from France. The declaration came after decades of dissension between the whites and blacks of the colony, which resulted in violence of the most extreme natures. In Avengers of the New World, Laurent Dubois s
Enlightened Post-Secular Democracy
The 18th century European Enlightenment set the stage for the rise of modernity and the birth of secularism. Over 200 years later, are we seeing the birth of a new modernity altogether that is "post-secular?"
Modern Challenges for Public History
February 18, 2018
English and Creative Writing
John Keats' Negative Capability
Exploring the famed poet's concept of Negative Capability.
Lucy Gray: An Adaptation
A short work of fiction inspired by William Wordsworth's Lucy Gray poems.
Piety as an Affect of the Interior State
With the introduction of slave narratives, therefore, came the strategy of try to touch the hearts of white readers. In turn, the most obvious tactic to abolitionists and authors of many slave narratives was to use religion, particularly Christianity, in a way that puts the African American slave o
Rent: Is Anyone In The Mainstream?
Exploring the meaning of social discourse in the script of the original RENT musical with that of the movie adaptation. How does the deletion of certain scenes from the movie affect the message portrayed by the characters? Does the dynamic of the context change, or is it unaffected?
Best Friends Forever? Or Never?
Candy Apple Red
I'm Sorry That I Miss You