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    • Is education a(n) (implied) constitutional right?

    • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (U.S.); Constitutional law - United States; Education
    • The Founders had a lot to say on the importance of education and book learning to the survival of the early republic. The Constitution, however -- a document just as important for what it doesn't say as what it says -- never mentions education or...
    • 2013-09-19
    • From toon town trolleys to freeways: So Cal transportation myths and reality, past, present and...

    • Transportation; Local transit; Automobiles; Firestone Tire and Rubber Company; General Motors Corporation; Pacific Electric Railway Company; Standard Oil Company;
    • In the popular mind, Southern California, with Los Angeles as its epicenter, is the region of the U.S. most associated with the automobile, both its joys and its discontents. From the Beach Boys paean to "fun, fun, fun until her daddy takes the...
    • 2007-04-05
    • Ripping the veil, weaving meaning: the textures of African American expressive culture

    • Sacred texts; Social psychology; Bible; Bible - Criticism, interpretation, etc.; African Americans; Christianity; Consciousness
    • How do groups of people engage themselves with a "central and center-ing" text? What does this engagement tell us about how the people express themselves? How do dominant groups interpret this engagement? Seen in the refracting mirror of...
    • 2005-03-09
    • Sabbatical in my garage: building a relpica of an 18th century printing press

    • Printing presses; Isaiah Thomas & Co. (Walpole, N.H.); American Antiquarian Society
    • During his sabbatical in 2011-12, Professor of Literature and HMC Dean of Faculty Jeff Groves studied a rare wooden printing press, built in 1747, as a Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. To obtain a practical knowledge of...
    • 2013-02-28
    • Cues for snacks and soft drinks: a study of adolescent eating behaviors

    • Diet; Behaviour and health; Teenagers;
    • Memory can be said to deeply connected to our tastes in food -- what we've liked or disliked in the past creates associations that help trigger our current eating behaviors. In what might be seen as a scientific version of the beginning of...
    • 2013-04-10
    • Screening the rural: the American countryside in silent film

    • Culture; Country life; Homesickness; Rural-urban relations; Silent films; United States - Social life and customs;
    • The rise of motion pictures during the 1910s and 1920s was a critical component of an emerging consumer culture in the United States that coincided with its broader transformation from a rural to an urban society. Because of this conjuncture,...
    • 2006-09-28
    • An informed citizenry access: the Constitution and government documents

    • Depository libraries; Electronic government information; Government publications; United States. National Archives and Records Administration; Madison, James, 1751-1836; Freedom of information
    • In 1822, James Madison asserted that "a popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be...
    • 2005-10-26
    • Through the glass closet: the homosexual origins of the American right

    • Chambers, Whittaker; Homosexuality - Political aspects - United States; Cold War; Communism - United States - History - 20th century; Right and left (Political science); Gay men - Political activity; Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972; Hiss,...
    • Whittaker Chambers was a major figure in the intellectual development of the American right in the post-war period. During his tenure at Time Magazine during the Cold War, he championed a fervent anti-communist viewpoint, identifying an existential...
    • 2008-02-21
    • Coercion, compliance and resistance in wartime Japan, 1942-45

    • World War, 1939-1945; Japanese - Correspondence; Japanese - Social conditions
    • If we look at the history of history, we can trace an evolution as it shifted, over a period of centuries, from the chronicles of wars and kings to look more realistically at other players and eventually toward all levels and members of society,...
    • 2009-10-07
    • Federalism, constitutional structure and the securing of liberty

    • Federal government; Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (U.S.); United States. Constitution; Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859
    • Why did the framers reject the Anti-Federalists reliance on religion and civic virtue, instead of creating a government built very much, architectonically as it were, on structure as a way of perpetuating and protecting federalism? In this...
    • 2005-09-21
    • Bridging worlds:  Zulu poet Mazisi Kunene, from epic authenticity to modern science

    • Kunene, Mazisi; Africa; South Africa; Zulu poetry; Literature and science;
    • Mazisi Kunene, the revolutionary colleague of Nelson Mandela, was a major academic voice about the literature of Africa. A professor at UCLA, he was Poet Laureate of both South Africa and Africa and perhaps that continent's greatest poet. He...
    • 2012-04-11
    • How American Bandstand created the American teenager

    • American Bandstand (Television program); Teenagers; Race discrimination;
    • From a small studio in 1950's Philadelphia, American Bandstand became the first national television program directed at teenagers. The show brought rock and roll into American living rooms, shaped the way a generation danced and dressed, and...
    • 2012-11-08
    • Speaking through walls: political murals in Northern Ireland

    • Belfast (Northern Ireland); Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland - Symbolic representation; Street art; Mural painting and decoration; Sinn Féin;
    • From the start of The Troubles in 1969 to the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, Northern Ireland was the site of a violent conflict fought out between the British State, the Irish Republican Movement, and Loyalist Paramilitary Forces....
    • 2006-10-26
    • Material melody, immaterial writing: music and stenography in mid-19th century Germany

    • Music; Musical notation; Shorthand; Shorthand - Gabelsberger; Language, Universal; Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883; Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856; Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869; Hoffmann, E. T. A. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus), 1776-1822; Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,...
    • Innovative stenography systems of the 1830s used the variable thickness of line that was so important in the cursive handwriting of the time to signify differences in phonemes. These systems and their descendants became the dominant shorthand...
    • 2006-03-01

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