Friday, November 4, 2016

The Decline and Fall of History

Niall Ferguson, the Harvard Historian, gave a terrific (short) speech recently on the problem of history teaching at America's most prestigious universities.  Referring to Lin Manuel Miranda's hit musical, "Hamilton," Ferguson said that "even as history smashes the box office, it slumps where it should be best protected and promoted, at our universities."  He follows with a good discussion of what exactly passes for history today (hint: it's not what we do at AU) and why it is such a serious problem. View the speech here.

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