The following is a spreadsheet I developed to track the requirements for my PhD in History at George Mason University and my completion of the courses. The spreadsheet automatically updates to provide a tally of completed and remaining credits at the bottom. You simple add courses in the slot that […]
A common question in digital humanities, particularly digital history, is whether or not to preserve as much as possible, and how to accomplish that preservation. The debate has strong arguments on both sides and applies equally to born-digital and analogue materials. During a recent trip to Harpers Ferry, however, I […]
I am a pretty disturbed by the media focus on the Middle East conflict, and unbalanced descriptions of the conflict. More importantly, I am mortified by the recent commitment from Western nations to conduct bombings and warfare in Iraq and Syria. Years ago, similar arguments were made about intervening with […]
Historians’ Spreadsheet Many scholars, even historians, use spreadsheets for tasks such as grading or accounting. Some might use programs such as Microsoft’s Excel Spreadsheets, while others use Google Spreadsheets or even Open Office. Regardless of which program we use, spreadsheets are powerful tools that allow us to collect and query […]
The year is 1959, and as a graduate student in history, I’m currently studying the approaches that are emerging from the Annales School in France. My doctoral supervisor is familiar with the topic and uses similar approaches in her own work. As we discuss the themes and recent publications, she […]
Imagine that you are standing on the edge of a field; to your left and right, the treeline extends beyond your sight. You have come to the field because you know that it contains information or a story or an experience that you desire, but no signpost directs you.
This summer, I travelled throughout the U.S. and Canada to attend conferences in Lincoln, Nebraska and Victoria, British Columbia. I saw a great many things that were new to me. The Rocky Mountains from high above, snow-capped peaks passing beneath a broken cover of clouds. Orca whales plying the bays […]