I\’m Too Sexy for My Master\’s Thesis

super sexy wednesday 11

Posted in history,scholarship by Rae on 19 July 2006

Okay, so this is a history blog, but sometimes non-history stuff is too juicy not to mention. So…

The craziest-statement-of-the-day award goes to Georgia’s Republican Representative, Phil Gingrey, quoted in a New York Times article as saying: [S]upport for traditional marriage ‘is perhaps the best message we can give to the Middle East and all the trouble they’re having over there right now.'”

I suggest you read it twice for the full impact.

Alumnus creates fund for American Jewish studies at Princeton:

A history major as an undergraduate — as were his children, Gail Lapidus Dubosh ’84, Janet Lapidus Nova ’88 and Roy Lapidus ’93 — Lapidus is president of the American Jewish Historical Society, a member of the advisory council of Princeton’s Department of History, and he sits with the Judaic Studies advisory council. He is also a book collector, with a particular interest in books and pamphlets relating to the American Revolution, the slave trade and Judaica. His gifts to Princeton have included rare books pertaining to American Jews in the 18th and 19th centuries and endowment of the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professorship in the American Revolutionary Era.

(via Rare Book News)


Check out History Carnival XXXV at air pollution. And Frog in a Well has the Carnival of Bad History #6 (which I think must be way more fun to put together).


TEDTalks usually have a steep pricetag if you want to attend in person, but now you can download for free. I’ve just downloaded the talk of Sir Ken Robinson, the author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. There are other neat ones, too.


Scott McLemee on Public Access:

For someone whose best waking hours are devoted to the printed page, it can be difficult to think of digital media as anything but a distraction, at best — if not, in fact, a violation of the proper use of the eyeballs and brain. People who have made careers in print and ink often have a vested interest in thinking this way. The very word “blog” seems to elicit an almost Pavlovian reaction in editors, writers, and academics over a certain age –- not drooling in hunger, but snarling in self-defense.


The New Yorker surprised me with an intriguing essay on Disraeli. Did you know he liked to dress in full pirate regalia, complete with pistols and daggers? (via Nextbook)



In coordination with the state PIRGs’ affordable textbook campaign, this project aims to produce a free CD showcasing some of the best free textbooks that are currently available. The idea is to use the CD as a publicity tool to reach college professors who wouldn’t have otherwise thought of the possibility of adopting a free textbook, in much the same way that software CDs such as TheOpenCD have served to evangelize for open-source computer software.

(via Open Access News)


France remembers Alfred Dreyfus.


Louis Jacobs Is Dead at 85; British Rabbi and Scholar:

The Jewish Chronicle, a London-based weekly, often called Rabbi Jacobs “the greatest chief rabbi we never had.” In a survey conducted by the paper last year, readers selected Rabbi Jacobs as the “greatest British Jew of all time,” beating out all the chief rabbis as well as two formidable 19th-century figures, Benjamin Disraeli and Moses Montefiore.


Jaap Penraat Dies at 88; Saved Hundreds in Holocaust:

Mr. Penraat and his friends devised a plan to disguise Jews as construction workers for the wall that Hitler was building along France’s Atlantic Coast. He forged travel documents, using a real construction company’s letterhead.

He took the Jews to Lille, France, where he presented them to the French underground for transport to neutral Spain. He made about 20 trips, accompanying about 20 Jews each time.


Anatole Shub, 78, a Researcher and Reporter on Russian Topics, Dies:

In 1964, The Washington Post hired him to open a bureau in Bonn to cover Germany and Eastern Europe. Mr. Shub was next assigned to The Posts Moscow bureau, where his aggressive reporting on dissidents, the political role of the army and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, among other topics, caused him to be expelled in 1969. That year he published a well-reviewed book, “The New Russian Tragedy,” based on his 10-part series on the Soviet Union in The Post.


Vern Leroy Bullough, 77, Noted Medical Historian, Dies:

In the middle of his historical accounts, Dr. Bullough endeared himself to his audience by earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University in 1981. At the top of his résumé, he listed a nursing license number and his R.N. credential, although he never practiced.


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