The Poisoned Well of Public Discourse: Anita Sarkeesian, #GamerGate, and the Value of Humanities Education

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Summary: At the University of Massachusetts in 1975, Chinua Achebe delivered a lecture criticizing Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness for perpetuating colonial stereotypes of Africans. more…

Oceans: The World's Dump Site

Date: Monday, July 9, 2012
Summary: An accidentally discarded plastic water bottle or shopping bag may seem like the type of litter typically found along an urban roadside but when these items are found adrift, off the coast of Antarctica, it seems startlingly out-of-place to most people. Since the majority of our planet is covered by oceans, they seem vast, pure and limitless. more…

Wind Energy in Florida

Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Summary: Clean, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly more important in the state of Florida. With home electricity consumption rates among the highest in the country, there is a need for renewable energy sources in Florida, but the state only generates 1.1% of renewable power in the United States. more…

The Tragedy of the Knowledge Commons

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Category: Perspectives
Summary: Several years ago, my seven-year-old and I were out walking when we met a young man who had recently returned from military service in Afghanistan. In response to my son’s obvious fixation on the titanium rod protruding from his shorts, the man volunteered that he had been injured in a skirmish with Taliban fighters near the Pakistan border. Once out of ear-shot, my son peppered me with questions he would not dare pose to a stranger, and I found myself reconstructing the possible circumstances of the veteran’s injury, the reasons for war, and the probable course of treatment he had received after his wound. After a thoughtful pause, my son remarked: “Well, at least he got to keep his foot.” more…

Memory Craft, Domestic Technology, and Memory Archive

Date: Monday, February 3, 2014
Category: Perspectives
Summary: Vacuuming, washing dishes, dusting, and other examples of housework are all common forms of domestic technology. This “home” work falls under the same category of domestic science defined in the nineteenth-century by women such as Harriet Beecher Stowe (in her book The American Woman’s Home) and Lydia Child (in The American Frugal Housewife). more…