Friday, December 21, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Children all around the world are busy doing the same things. They love to play games and enjoy going to school. They wish for peace. They think that adults should take good care of the Earth. How else do you think these children are like each other? How else do you think they are like you?
San Antonio, Texas, is a large community. It is home to more than one million people, and it is still growing. People in San Antonio care about their community and want to make it better. To make room for new roads and houses, many old trees must be cut down. People in different neighborhoods get together to fix this by planting.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Best dressed Christmas elves:
Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
- It’s just better to know a second language.
- It’s a job skill: employers recognize – and often reward – competence in a second language.
- Language study is good exercise for your memory.
- With a second language you will be able to converse with Dr. Paddags in a language other than English.
- It’s useful when travelling.
- An eminent scholar once told a class I was taking, “You can’t be a competent student of political philosophy unless you know Greek.”
- You will be able to read what was actually written in foreign books and historical sources, not something filtered by a translator.
- Language study can help you to separate ideas from the words in which they are expressed (which helps you think more clearly).
- Emulate the American Founders, many of whom knew French, Latin, and often Greek
- Learn that the pluperfect subjunctive passive is a real thing.
- Studying the grammar of a foreign language may improve your logic (which helps you think more clearly) and your English, both written and spoken.
- Foreign language study helps you understand the categories of your own thinking (which, again, helps you think more clearly).
Monday, November 26, 2012
I gained competency through independent reading, experience and observation. I appreciated that the breadth of knowledge and the depth of cognitive skill that my undergraduate courses in social science, political science, art and science prepared me for any field of professional pursuit. I was prepared for professional chance. I knew how to ask the right questions, how to gather information, how to make informed decisions, how to see connections among disparate areas of knowledge, how to see what others might miss, how to learn quickly the basics of a profession, how to discern pertinent information from that which is false or misleading, how to judge good, helpful people from those who wish you ill. All of this I gathered in a useful liberal education — in and out of the classroom — and in an intense residential life where experimentation with citizenship and social responsibility were guiding principles.
Read the rest of his article at insidehighered.com.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
This past summer Victorialyn (International Political Studies, 2014; she's in the middle) was one of nineteen international students who studied the European Union during a four-week program with ESSCA, a private university located in Angers, France. She took classes on European Politics, European Economics, and French Culture and Communication while also visiting related historical and cultural sites such as Normandy Beach and a vineyard. The class also visited the major institutions of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium and finished off our trip in Paris just in time for Bastille Day. "Studying in France and being surrounded by French culture," comments Victorialyn, "was not only a childhood dream fulfilled, but it has inspired me to write my Ashbrook Thesis on the European Union."
Here is the whole class:
Friday, September 28, 2012
At this point in the Presidential election it sometimes feels like public opinion polls will determine who the next chief executive will be. Want to be a player in that field? It's not a bad option for majors in History or Political Science.
Representatives from the University of Michigan's Program in Survey Methodology will be attending the 2012 Ashland University Graduate School Van-A-Fair on Thursday, October 4, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Upper Convo-Alumni Room.
The University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology offers programs of study at the doctoral, master's, and certificate levels. The PhD and MS programs prepare students for careers in private and academic survey research firms, government agencies, and corporations. The certificate program is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge in survey methodology to enhance skills in current positions and to expand career opportunities.
If you have questions, email Patsy Gregory, the student administrative assistant of the program, t firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Allendale County School District in South Carolina is looking for teachers in several areas, including Secondary Social Studies. The district's website can be seen here. You can also contact:
Kedra A. Rivers, Ed.S.
Director of Personnel
Allendale County School District
3249 Allendale-Fairfax Highway
P.O. Box 458
Allendale, S.C. 29810
(803) 584-4603 Ext. 1115
Fax: (803) 584-5303.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Megan says that she "worked as an elephant volunteer: I helped build fences around the park, cleaned the elephant pens (yes, shoveling elephant poop...), picked fruit in the forest, unloaded and washed large trucks of elephant food, chopped down 10-foot bamboo grass with machetes, planted trees with the hill tribe people, etc. ...We would only feed and bathe the elephants for about an hour each day. At the end of my first week though, I got the unique opportunity to work with a newborn (about eight hours old when it arrived) elephant", (which had been rejected by its mother).... "It was the first time the park had rescued a newborn." She says that "it was truly a blessing to be able to work with such a precious creature." Sadly, due to bad health (the baby didn't get it's mother's original milk and therefore had no immune system), inadequate medical care, and lack of the proper equipment, the baby died the week after Megan left.
"Overall," Megan says, "I would say that my experience in Thailand was extraordinary. It had its ups and downs ... but both Thailand and the elephants themselves were absolutely beautiful. I had the time of my life."
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
What I Saw in America: Against Great Books
Monday, July 2, 2012
The inscriptions read: "In memory of the glorious war 1870-1871 and the establishment of the German Empire." The backside reads: "Died a Hero's Death for the Fatherland" and then lists the local men who gave their lives. Note the attempts to scratch out the words "glorious war" and "German Empire".
This monument used to stand on "Hindenburgplatz", which another sign states has been changed to "Am Martiniturm" in 2010 due to "Hindenburg's basic anti-democratic position and active support of the Nazi's rise to power".
My children, however, cared for none of it and instead enjoyed the see-saw next to the monument.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Referring to "those of us who got some parental grief over our college choice," the author notes that the survey is interesting for "the apparent love being shown for liberal arts majors. Thirty percent of surveyed employers said they were recruiting liberal arts types, second only to the 34 percent who said they were going after engineering and computer information systems majors. Trailing were finance and accounting majors, as only 18 percent of employers said they were recruiting targets.
"The No. 1 skill that employers are looking for are communication skills and liberal arts students who take classes in writing and speaking," said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and an expert on Generation Y. "They need to become good communicators in order to graduate with a liberal arts degree. Companies are looking for soft skills over hard skills now because hard skills can be learned, while soft skills need to be developed."
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
"In preparation for a career in business, or for life generally, I can think of no more suitable academic major than history. History is the study of people, what they do, and why they do it: the perspective that's necessary for future success."
That's clear, simple, and to the point. In these ways, it reminds me of the statement by Edward Shils, distinguished service professor at the University of Chicago, that the task of the university is "the discovery and teaching of truths about serious and important things."
It is a real pleasure to be with you tonight at this wonderful event. What a great weekend for you students, and it’s wonderful to see so many of your family and friends. I’ve had a number of these students in class, and I always wonder where they got their crazy ideas – now I know.
This weekend is a time for joy when you will hear plenty of congratulations for your accomplishments; and you deserve them. But rather than praise you for what you have done and what you are gaining, I want to warn you about what you are in danger of losing. Then I want to offer a few thoughts about how you may endeavor not to lose it.
Our Scripture text this evening comes from the fourth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s "Letter to the Philippians." As many of you know, Paul writes this "Letter" from a prison in Rome to the church at Philippi, which had been particularly generous and faithful to his instruction. They cared about God’s truth and they wanted to live in its light. In other words, they had been good students. Even more, Paul says, they had become what he calls his "beloved… brethren" (Philippians 4:1).
First of all, Caitlin Dalton was the University's Salutatorian.
Nick Granitz won the Howard Rowe Award for best Honors thesis for writing "Heracles and the Foundings of Sparta and Rome."
Finally, and by no means least, four students won the Ashbrook Scholar program's Parton Statesmanship Award for excellent theses:
Becky Brown for "A History of the Anglo-American Special Relationship"
Alyssa Bornhorst for "Noise Pollution: The Effects of Rock Music on a Liberal Education"
James Velasquez for "Boundless Vision: A Reading of Plato's Symposium"
Dantan Wernecke for "The Happy Empire: Aristotle, Publius, and the American Regime"
You can see these and the Parton Award winners from past years here.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Match Corps: Merrimack Valley is a full-time, 10.5-month urban education math tutoring fellowship in two high schools in the Merrimack Valley. We are hiring 50 smart, idealistic, relentless people to work during the 2012-2013 school year. Each Fellow works during the school day with two students at a time for five periods a day, and will have a personal caseload of 12 students all year long. Fellows not only will drive student achievement by providing individualized instruction, but will also build personal and meaningful relationships with urban students and their families during this pioneer year of service.
This opportunity is for math teachers, but Match Corps prepares students in all fields. See their website: Match Education. This looks like a good organization. Has anyone else heard of them?
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Legal Aid) seeks an intern for its Development & Communications Department to work up to 40 hours per week in its downtown Cleveland office this summer. The internship will begin in early June 2012 and last for approximately 12 (or more) weeks. Applications are due by May 4, 2012.
The Development & Communications Department focuses on fundraising from individuals, law firms, corporations and foundations; handles public relations; and conducts media outreach. The development intern will primarily support the Director of Development & Communications. We’d appreciate you circulating this job posting to any of your students who demonstrate interest in both a legal and nonprofit/government career.
Feel free to contact Amy with any questions or for more details.
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
1223 West Sixth StreetCleveland, OH 44113
(216) 687-1900 main (216) 861-5023 direct
Check out Legal Aid’s website at http://www.lasclev.org/
Monday, April 16, 2012
Please note that Dantan will be defending his Ashbrook thesis on Thursday (the 19th) at 3pm in the Ashbrook Center. His topic: "The Happy Empire: Publius, Aristotle, and the American Regime." The defense is free and open to the public. Next year, Dantan will be pursing his Master's degree in political science at Hillsdale College.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
"None of the nine general campuses in the UC system requires students to study the history and institutions of the United States. None requires students to study Western civilization, and on seven of the nine UC Campuses, including Berkeley, a survey course in Western civilization is not even offered... In many political science departments majors need not take a course in American politics."
Is that a problem?
"I wanted to send you (Dr. Moser) a brief note to let you know how much I enjoyed the PAT conference held at Ashland University this past Saturday. The professionalism and collegiality that you and your students (as well as all of the presenters and participants that I met) made this regional a truly remarkable event. It was a pleasure to present my research at this conference!"
And special congratulations to Dantan Wernecke, who won a prize on Saturday for his paper, "The Philosophic Executive: John Adams and the Early Crisis with France."
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Forum- Book Reviews Written and Edited by Undergraduate Students - We Were There: Vietnam - Hal Buell, Ed. - Reviewed by Luke Rogers
We Were There: Vietnam. Edited by Hal Buell, New York: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2007.
We Were There: Vietnam is a valuable text for anyone seriously interested in the Vietnam era. In this text, several journalists including Hal Buell, Malcolm W. Browne, and Tim O’Brien combine their testimonies with poignant photographs to help readers reach their own conclusions about warfare, war in the 20th century, and causes for war.
The narrators of We Were There were embedded among American or allied soldiers during the Vietnam War and as a result, their testimonies are excellent evidence of what life was like for the soldiers fighting in Vietnam. For example, Browne recalls an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) attack on a small South Vietnamese village. The ARVN commander leading the attack assured Browne the village he and his men were decimating with automatic assault rifles was situated in sections of the countryside that “[H]ave been Vietcong strongholds for years.” After reading this passage, readers are forced to reflect on the nature of war and specifically, guerilla warfare. Maybe that South Vietnamese hut was actually a Vietcong information center. On the other hand, maybe that ARVN leader needed to report some sort of activity to his superior officers. Maybe those South Vietnamese peasants voluntarily allowed the Vietcong to cache weapons in their hut. However, perhaps the peasants only complied because the Vietcong would kill them if they refused. Browne’s essay does a tremendous job of demonstrating that there are no easy answers. In summation, Browne’s account guides readers into examining the positive and negative consequences of war and considering the specific difficulties associated with guerilla and counter-insurgency tactics.
Buell’s contribution, “The Napalm Girl” discusses the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of Kim Phuc, and makes readers wonder about the marriage between technology and warfare in the 20th century. This text touches on the historically accurate fear that atomic war could erupt at any moment. We Were There also examines the devastating human and environmental effects of napalm. These discussions help examine the maturation of weapons of mass destruction and humankind’s response to that maturation. The illumination of the past helps leads future generations.
Finally, an excerpt from Tim O’Brien’s “If I Die in a Combat Zone” raises questions about the causes of conflict in Southeast Asia. The United States went to war with Japan because Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. However, the question of why the United States went to war in Southeast Asia has divided the scholarly and secular world for decades. Did America go to war to make the world safe for democracy? Did the United States intervene in Southeast Asia in order to preserve “its production of materials that the world needs”  as President Eisenhower alleged in a 1954 press conference? The irresolute nature of the Vietnam era is perhaps best surmised by O’Brien. O’Brien asked an experienced soldier in his company of soldiers how many soldiers had been killed or wounded in the company before O’Brien arrived. While his comrade would not have access to exact numbers, he would have been able to estimate effectively. Instead, O’Brien’s mentor answered, “It was best not to worry”  and assured O’Brien everything would be fine.
While I would recommend this book, I would recommend it only to mature readers with serious interest in the Vietnam War and warfare in the 20th century. I use the word mature because the graphic photographs of Buddhist monks’ self-immolation in protest of Diem’s repressive religious reforms, the execution style shooting of soldiers and civilians, wounded soldiers during battle, and the searing effects of napalm are not appropriate for children and might disturb casual readers.
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Peters, Gerhard. “The President’s News Conference April 7, 1954.” The American Presidency Project. 1999-2011. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=10202#axzz1ev9B3AAz
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FORUM - A Book Review by and for Undergraduate StudentsThe Vietnam War: A Concise International History - Reviewed by Luke Rogers
The Vietnam War: A Concise International History. Mark Atwood Lawrence, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN #978-0-19-975393
Reviewed by Luke Rogers
The Vietnam War: A Concise International History, attempts to explain the causes, examine the course, and reflect on the consequences of international warfare in Vietnam.
Lawrence introduces his work with several questions, but then gives the text direction by narrowing his thesis to four major questions. For example, “First, what were the basic motives of the Vietnamese who fought against the United States?”  Perhaps more importantly, the author establishes positive rapport with readers by affording them intellectual independence. Lawrence concludes the introduction with, “If the book brings greater awareness to ongoing debates over the Vietnam War, its mission will be accomplished. If it sparks interest in further reading about the war and its meaning, so much the better” .
Lawrence begins his investigation with a brief summary of foreign intervention in Vietnam. A constant theme is the maturation of Vietnamese nationalism. For example, there was widespread resentment against the Chinese among the different factions of Vietnamese society. That resentment transitioned from the Chinese to the French and eventually to the American presence. Throughout the rest of the text, Lawrence simultaneously analyzes the American, South Vietnamese, Chinese, North Vietnamese, Viet Cong, and Russian rationales for independent and interdependent decisions in warfare and politics. For example, Lawrence explains how American President Lyndon Johnson believed the United States could achieve victory by escalating bombing in North Vietnam and increasing American ground troops in South Vietnam. On the other hand, the North Vietnamese believed they could force an American withdraw by absorbing American fire power and waging successful guerilla campaigns. Lawrence uses this compelling combination to examine all the major events from initial European interloping into Southeast Asia to the fall of Saigon. Lawrence also analyzes the effects of foreign policy and conflict on American domestic culture.
The author is one of America’s leading Vietnam scholars and as a result, the evidence he presents in support of his thesis is reliable and accurate. Lawrence makes his thesis even more compelling by varying the type of evidence he uses to support it. For example, Lawrence utilizes primary sources, secondary sources, photographs, political cartons, and time-specific maps to examine all aspects of the wars in Vietnam. Finally, Lawrence encourages the reader to further verify his thesis by providing extensive footnotes and a continued reading list.
I would recommend this book to any adult interested in the Vietnam era. Lawrence effectively communicates relevant information without burdening the reader with unnecessarily detailed tangents. For example, Lawrence explains necessary military abbreviations such as ARVN, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, LZ, landing zone, and NLF, National Liberation Front, without bombarding the reader with an endless stream of military jargon. Finally, I would recommend this book to any student enrolled in a modern American history and or political science class. In an interesting addendum, Lawrence compares and contrasts the socio-political and military circumstances of yesterday’s Cold War and today’s War on Terror.
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