Ubuntu: Towards a Socially Responsible Study Abroad Program

From EdSurge Independent: On my two-week summer intensive trip to South Africa, my professor reiterated the course mission statement: ubuntu. A philosophy used in southern Africa, ubuntu emphasizes a universal bond among humanity:“I am what I am because of who we all are.” Recognizing the humanness and kindness among individuals, ubuntu speaks to a level of interconnectedness. It asks us to … Continue reading Ubuntu: Towards a Socially Responsible Study Abroad Program

Notes on #ITMUMA

Mark Schlemmer came to UMass last night for a public lecture on the #ITweetMuseums initiative. Schlemmer was great and the entire audience was excited and receptive to hear more about his projects. I tweeted a little and I took a lot of notes (this one is my favorite): Here are some other thoughts: Twitter as … Continue reading Notes on #ITMUMA

5 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Semester

While I'm playing the waiting game with grad school applications, I'm extremely excited for everything else going on in Spring 2016. Here's what's happening: Events and (Un)Conferences: I'm currently scheduled to attend History Camp and Hacking Heritage in March. And Rebecca Onion is the Writer-in-Residence for UMass History this year, so I'm stoked! Thesis: I've been … Continue reading 5 Things I’m Looking Forward To This Semester

Ancient Material Worlds: “In Man’s Memory Lay A Form of Immortality”

From Ancient Material Worlds.  We’ve talked a lot in this class about how we remember Romans and Roman culture today, and we’ve talked about how Roman constructed their remembrance and image, and we’ve talked about how archaeologists contribute to the reconstruction of that memory. But we haven’t necessarily talked about these things in context of one … Continue reading Ancient Material Worlds: “In Man’s Memory Lay A Form of Immortality”

A Moral Voyage: Working Over Winter Break

From Honors Student Blog: See this stack of books? This is the pile that has been slowly accumulating on my desk over the course of the semester . Purchased on surprise trips to Amherst Books, the Odyssey Bookshop, or even the Campus Center Bookstore, these books have been taunting me throughout the semester as I’ve … Continue reading A Moral Voyage: Working Over Winter Break

On My 20th Listen to Hamilton: Broadway & Early American Republic

Okay, I lied. I haven’t listened to Hamilton 20 times. It’s probably much higher than that, considering for the first three weeks I was listening to it 2-3 times a day. And, for the first week, I listened to it for free on NPR, so let’s just go with at least 100 plays through the … Continue reading On My 20th Listen to Hamilton: Broadway & Early American Republic

A Moral Voyage: Proposal, Part 2 – The Syllabus

From Honors Student Blog: Last week, I talked about the proposal serving two purposes: the second of those two purposes being a syllabus for you, your committee, and the Honors College. I call it the syllabus section because it’s a lot easier to understand why CHC is asking some of these questions, and also how to structure … Continue reading A Moral Voyage: Proposal, Part 2 – The Syllabus

A Moral Voyage: The Proposal, Part I – The Literature Review

From Honors Student Blog: 20 trips to the library, 14 books, 6 articles, 5 (surviving) recyclable bags from the circulation desk, and countless hours later, I can officially say that I have written my spring proposal. Essentially, to enroll in the spring semester of my honors thesis, I have to fill out a proposal. I … Continue reading A Moral Voyage: The Proposal, Part I – The Literature Review