Like many of you, I spent a long time watching yesterday’s terrible fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. I’m still sorting out the feelings, trying to understand why I felt as sad as I did — knowing that others took it far harder… First, it’s always painful to see the world get a … More The Church Is (Not Just) a Building: Some Thoughts on Notre Dame
Thanks to some computer issues on Friday night and Saturday, I’ll just offer a shortened, belated set of links from a busy, sad last seven days. Here… • I’ve been describing Bethel at War, the digital history project that debuted this week, as “sneaky big” — Fletcher Warren and I started off with the idea that we’d write an … More That Was The Week That Was
London has become my favorite city in the world, but Paris was the first outside of my native land where I spent any significant amount of time, and it retains a special hold on my imagination. The last time I was there was January — just a week after the Charlie Hebdo attacks… And now a day … More Paris
I’ve sometimes dreamed of having a holodeck-like classroom in which the walls were massive screens that could be changed to make it seem like we were suddenly sitting in the middle of the same physical environment we were discussing. To teach the French Revolution while sitting in the middle of Paris’ Place de la Concorde, … More What Did History Smell Like?
A series of posts taking you day-by-day through a proposed travel version of my course HIS230L World War I. Read the introduction to the series here, or the previous post here. Sunday, January 20, 2013 – Paris Today in real time happens to be my wedding anniversary; “today” in the course is scheduled as a … More A Day of Rest
A series of posts taking you day-by-day through a proposed travel version of my course HIS230L World War I. Read the introduction to the series here, or the previous post here. Saturday, January 19, 2013 – Paris Both the political capital of the first modern nation-state and the cultural capital, in several writers’ judgment, of … More Expats