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More on David Levy’s Delusions

My post yesterday joined a chorus of voices pointing out David Levy’s many delusions and errors. Here are a few of the interesting ones: Attacking Community Colleges by Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber The Last Enclosures> at Timothy Burke’s Easily Distracted More Accusations of Professor Laziness at NeuroDOJO In Which the Professor Expresses Her Frustration […]

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William Cronon on “Professional Boredom”

William Cronon, the current president of the AHA, knows a lot about how to make history accessible and interesting to non-historians. See his website for some of the ways he moves beyond the narrow sphere of academic history. So when he worries about how the profession defines itself, we should probably take his concerns seriously. […]

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Witchcraft and Digital Humanities

Digital humanities is a term that risks losing all useful meaning as scholars apply it to an ever increasing range of projects. Many of these projects are “digital” only insofar as they put material online, often without providing any tools that facilitate the study of that material. A collection of on-line texts, for example, is […]

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Haverford’s New Rare Book

As early as Monday Haverford’s Special Collection will have a new book: Claudius Ptolemy, Centum Ptolemaei sententiae ad Syrum fratrem à Pontano è graeco in latinum tralatae, atque expositae. Eiusdem Pontani libri XIIII (Aldine, 1519). For a number of reasons I am excited about this book. Perhaps obviously, my own research interests make this an […]

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e-books — teaching — outreach

iBooks Author, released last month, officially represents Apple’s move into textbooks and offers some really promising features. Apple attracted considerable criticism for iBooks Author’s strict EULA and for its lack of support for EPUB standards. I am not interested in those debates—they certainly have merit and raise issues that should be discussed—but rather interested in […]

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In Praise of Ephemeral Astrological Literature

The Economist recently printed an interesting article comparing today’s social media and the Arab Spring to the success of the Lutheran Reformation (Note, there is an interesting symmetry in their article: social media seems to be one the winning side in both cases, or at least the laudable side. In both cases revolutionaries opposing repressive […]

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Blogs as Intellectual Conversation

Blogs continue to occupy an increasingly important place in intellectual and academic life. One of the many roles blogs play is in creating extended conversations, allowing scholars affiliated with institutions as well as independent scholars to enter into meaningful discourse. Unlike the face-to-face conversations that occur at academic conferences, which are both fleeting and costly, […]