It’s not a new railroad being built; it’s all that remains of an old one. And it leads to something very strange. Down the line there’s a prairie preserve growing over an abandoned ammunitions plant, contaminated soil, and the bones of farm families from before World War II.
Honored as one of Prof. William Cronon’s exemplary place papers and published in the 2013 ARCHIVE, UW – Madison’s undergraduate history journal. Continue reading →
It’s creativity at its best. George Harrison made a new style with the influence of Ravi Shankar’s sitar. Biggie Smalls repurposed the spoken word of The Last Poets (where the lyric “party and bullshit” came from). Vampire Weekend takes lyrics from Biggie and Metallica.
“I don’t think I’m going to vote, I don’t know enough,” Jessie said. I lowered my clipboard. We were standing on East Campus Mall on a Monday afternoon in October. It was sunny but cold and windy. People weren’t stopping to fill out voter registrations; they just walked by while I asked anyway. But Jessie stopped for a full conversation.
Honorable mention in the 2013 UW System Liberal Arts Essay Competition. A piece on liberal education, and convincing one girl to register to vote. Continue reading →
This is a story about a secret society, German politics, and the Holocaust, but it’s moral is as much about modern America and every other industrial society: be careful where you point your assumptions. From the early nineteenth century, suspicion surrounding Freemasonry mixed with antisemitism in the growing confusion of Modernity to bond Jews and Freemasons in the eyes of German people. Continue reading →
A diverse world of miners, prostitutes, dance halls, and gambling houses gave way, by the end of the 1850s, to a racialized, class-stratified, American culture. In a funny way, the crisis wasn’t yet resolved, and still isn’t today. Roaring Camp isn’t just about the transformation of Gold Rush California; it’s about how the Southern Mines continue to be misrepresented in American cultural memory. Continue reading →
Prof. Guri Sohi, instructor of my Intro to Computer Engineering course, recommended this book during a tense Monday morning lecture. My classmates and I had just spent the weekend whining on Piazza, our class’s online help forum, about the previous … Continue reading →
When you think of “wilderness” you probably think of something like the Grand Canyon. It’s somewhere you go to marvel at nature and to have fun. But to early western settlers, places like the Grand Canyon and the surrounding desert … Continue reading →
In sailboat racing, “losing may be deliberate,” says Stuart H. Walker. Sailing is about managing your luck. You have to play the wind shifts and the moves of your opponents. If you’re losing, you’ll probably try to catch up by … Continue reading →