As students begin to contemplate which classes to take during the spring semester, many will ask themselves what’s the point of a liberal arts education? Why study history, literature, philosophy and “soft” sciences like sociology and psychology when science, technology, engineering and math seem to dominate our futures?
Over the summer, I spent two weeks in Venice participating in a digital history workshop organized by Duke University and Venice International University. The objective of the workshop was to introduce participants to a variety of digital tools for historical research and presentation.
The problem for censors, though, is that judging a writer’s tone is more subjective than simply looking for forbidden words or ideas. Authors like Heinrich Heine made a name for themselves by mocking the follies of authorities through sophisticated literary tactics. Moreover, censors—like modern day college administrators—were condemned for allowing their own personal judgments and prejudices to color their decision making.
by Julia Gossard Congratulations, you passed your comps! Now the reality sets in that in order to write your brilliant dissertation, you have to do some serious research. Here are a few things to remember in order to survive and even thrive during your research year. 1. Plan your stay around the archives’ hours and […]
Like Robert Olwell, Jacqueline Jones also assigned video essays in her US History survey this year. Her assignment asked the students to enact debates between real historical figures on opposite sides of controversial issues.
History Professors Emilio Zamora, University of Texas, and Andrés Tijerina, Austin Community College, are co-directing the one-year project to increase the number of entries on Mexican Americans in Texas history in the Texas Handbook Online, the well-known and respected encyclopedia of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA).
In November we wrote to everyone who received a PhD in History at UT Austin since 2000 to find out what they were doing. We are curious about our former students’ careers and adventures and we want to celebrate their achievements in whatever line of work they pursued. And we still do! We hope everyone […]
In 2009 I wrote: “It is hard not to feel that I have sold myself short by deciding not to be an academic.” It is remarkable how my perspective has changed over four years and how my satisfaction in my work exceeds anything I might have hoped for.
Below you will find two responses we received to my blog about the report of the National Association of Scholars on the teaching of US History at UT and TAMU.
This week the National Association of Scholars released a report critical of the ways US History is taught at the University of Texas at Austin and at Texas A & M.