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Who Makes Meaning? What Does My New Book Do?
by Paula Backscheider, author of Women in Wartime: Theatrical Representations in the Long Eighteenth Century Last night UPS delivered a book including an essay of mine. The contributor’s list gave my title as Wartime Women: Intimate Conscripts on the British...
(Re)considering the “Alternatives”
Late in the last century, a long-form essay by Arnold Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, appeared in The New Republic (December 13, 1998). Titled “A Trip to Stonesville: Andrew Weil, the Boom in Alternative Medicine, and the...
G. Scott Waterman, Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology
Jill Bradbury on experiencing Shakespeare as a Deaf audience member
In the latest issue of Shakespeare Bulletin, Dr. Jill Marie Bradbury relays her experience as a Deaf spectator at several recent Shakespeare productions. How do the choices made by both the production team and the front of house of the theatres themselves...
Audience members view a stage production
Reproductive Rights and Healthcare : A Reading List
Last month’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization walked back longstanding legal precedents that affirm the constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion is now illegal in thirteen states that had what are known as...
The front facade of the US Supreme Court building, carved in stone are the words "Equal Justice Under Law"
Sustaining an Empire
I followed an unconventional path to Venezuelan history while a graduate student at the College of William and Mary, where I benefitted from a small PhD program linked to a rigorous community promoting scholarly innovation at the Omohundro Institute of Early...
Pompeian blog
What the Birds Taught Me About Environmental Change
The geese were back on the pond this morning, their honks heralding the changing season. I’ve always noted their springtime arrivals and autumn departures, but since writing my book, The Market in Birds: Commercial Hunting, Conservation, and the Origins of...
Smalley Blog Post
Revising the Traditional Interpretation of Rural Electrification
Even after decades of retelling, the story of rural electrification in the United States remains dramatic. As textbooks and popular histories inform us, farmers obtained electric service only because a compassionate federal government established the Rural...
Hirsh blog post
Why Rural Electrification has Policy Resonance Today
Rural electrification in the United States (and most industrialized countries) is now a historical fact. But it remains an important goal in several developing countries, where (in 2019) about 13 percent of the world’s population--940 million mostly rural...
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