Wednesday Jun 18th, 2014

A globalized history of “baron,” part 2

I will begin with a short summary of the previous post. In English texts, the noun baron surfaced in 1200, which means that it became current not much earlier than the end of the twelfth century. It has been traced to Semitic (a fanciful derivation), Celtic, Latin (a variety of proposals), and Germanic. The Old English words beorn “man; fighter, warrior” and bearn “child… read more »

Tuesday Jul 15th, 2014

Akbar Jehan and the dialectic of resistance and accommodation

Nyla Ali Khan on her maternal grandmother
Tuesday Jul 15th, 2014

Same-sex marriage now and then

How did people view same-sex marriage in the 19th century?
Monday Jul 14th, 2014

Tracking down a slow loris

The difficulties of conservation planning for rare and elusive primates
Thursday Jul 10th, 2014

Scenes from the Odyssey in Ancient Art

A slideshow of images from vases, kylikes, wine jugs, or mixing bowls
Monday
Jul 7th, 2014

Theodicy in dialogue

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Friday
Jul 4th, 2014

Killing me softly: rethinking lethal injection

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Wednesday
Jul 2nd, 2014

Mapping the American Revolution

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Wednesday
Jul 2nd, 2014

The danger of ideology

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Friday
Jun 27th, 2014

Oral history through Google Glass

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Monday
Jun 23rd, 2014

On Great Expectations

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Friday
Jun 20th, 2014

Making World Refugee Day count

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Thursday
Jun 19th, 2014

Political apparatus of rape in India

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Thursday
Jun 19th, 2014

A 2014 summer songs playlist

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