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“Waffels” for dinner, rum for breakfast: eating and boozing in Iceland in 1809!

So instead of environmental disaster or creepy deaths, this morning in the archives I found something that you can file in the “epic awesome” category. Today I was browsing travelogues, … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

From the archives: trapped under ice…for real!

Another tidbit from the archives! I found this one in a book called The Climate of London by Luke Howard, one of the world’s first meteorologists, published in 1818. In addition … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

From the archives: the curious humor of 19th century almanacs.

My adventure in the archives of the Huntington Library continues! I’ve been looking at all kinds of old books this week, but one of the category of sources I’m looking … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

From the archives: an account of the catastrophic Tambora eruption of 1815.

So, as many of you know, I’m now on my research fellowship at the Huntington Library. In a previous post I promised to share with you some cool stuff I … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Once more…into the archives!

I am traveling this weekend. I’ve left the comforts of hearth and home and set out for the big, bad city–the Los Angeles area, to be certain–to accept a research … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

An archival journey…and some changes ahead for this blog.

Hello everyone. I’m taking this opportunity to let you, the readers of this blog, know about a wonderful opportunity that I’ve been offered in my professional and academic career. This … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Eunuchs in Theoderic’s Italy

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
Hic requiescit in pace vir s[u]bl[imis] Seda ignucus et cubicularius regis Theoderici..” ? The image above is taken from the Sarcophagus of Seda the Eunuch from Capella…

May 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

End the excuses: an academic’s views on campus rape.

I study, work and teach on a campus with a rape problem. This week on the campus where I’m a Ph.D. student and GTF (Graduate Teaching Fellow), a scandal erupted … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

How and Why Printed Books Will Survive

Originally posted on The Bully Pulpit:
“I am more optimistic, both about reading and about books… I have no Luddite prejudice against new technology; it’s just that books look as…

May 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The literal past: a college student’s view of history.

I’ve been teaching history at the college level for almost 4 years now. I love it and teaching is clearly the job I was born to do, but, like every … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 6 Comments
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