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Compte Rendu De _Worlds Without End_, Thibault Meyer Sep 2015

Compte Rendu De _Worlds Without End_, Thibault Meyer

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

No abstract provided.


Review: Worlds Without End: The Many Lives Of The Multiverse, Patrick Blanchfield Oct 2014

Review: Worlds Without End: The Many Lives Of The Multiverse, Patrick Blanchfield

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

No abstract provided.


The Multiverse In A Flat Circle: Review Of Worlds Without End, Jared Keller May 2014

The Multiverse In A Flat Circle: Review Of Worlds Without End, Jared Keller

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

No abstract provided.


Railroads Of West Chester: 1831 To The Present, James Jones Mar 2014

Railroads Of West Chester: 1831 To The Present, James Jones

James Jones

No abstract provided.


Women, The Novel, And Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727, Karen Gevirtz Mar 2014

Women, The Novel, And Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727, Karen Gevirtz

Karen Bloom Gevirtz

Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727 shows how early women novelists drew on debates about the self generated by the 'scientific' revolution to establish the novel as a genre and literary omniscience as a point of view. These writers such as Aphra Behn, Jane Barker, Eliza Haywood, and Mary Davys used, tested, explored, accepted, and rejected ideas about the self in their works to represent the act of knowing and what it means to be a knowing self. Karen Bloom Gevirtz agues that as they did so, they developed structures for representing authoritative knowing that contributed to the development ...


Malaria Control In The Tennessee Valley Authority: Health, Ecology, And Metanarratives Of Development, Eric Carter Dec 2013

Malaria Control In The Tennessee Valley Authority: Health, Ecology, And Metanarratives Of Development, Eric Carter

Eric D. Carter

Starting in the 1930s, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) created a globally influential model of regional development through centralized planning of massive public works to re-engineer social and natural systems in impoverished areas. TVA invested heavily in malaria control, since its own reservoirs created perfect breeding grounds for malaria-carrying anopheles mosquitoes. Eventually, both the TVA and malaria control would become key elements in an influential metanarrative in which an American ideology of 'technological modernism' dominated international development in the post-World War II era, until modern environmentalism and other social movements undermined the assumptions and goals of this ideology. This paper ...


Fashion, Cars And Advertising, Blaire Gagnon Aug 2013

Fashion, Cars And Advertising, Blaire Gagnon

Blaire Gagnon

In her memoir of the the first-ever all-female transcontinental automobile adventure, Alice Ramsey recalled one of her most important concerns--what to wear!


Disability History Month: John Goodricke The Deaf Astronomer, Linda French Aug 2013

Disability History Month: John Goodricke The Deaf Astronomer, Linda French

Linda French

No abstract provided.


Review Of "Reading Jane Austen" By Mona Scheuermann, "Why Jane Austen?" By Rachel Brownstein, Karen Gevirtz Apr 2013

Review Of "Reading Jane Austen" By Mona Scheuermann, "Why Jane Austen?" By Rachel Brownstein, Karen Gevirtz

Karen Bloom Gevirtz

No abstract provided.


Lorenzo L. Langstroth, Brianna Plaxe, Charles Hardy Mar 2013

Lorenzo L. Langstroth, Brianna Plaxe, Charles Hardy

Charles Hardy

No abstract provided.


Secular Damnation: Thomas Jefferson And The Imperative Of Race, Robert Forbes Dec 2012

Secular Damnation: Thomas Jefferson And The Imperative Of Race, Robert Forbes

Robert P Forbes

Race, we are told, is a “social construction.” If this is so, Thomas Jefferson was its principal architect. Jefferson consciously framed his only published book, Notes on the State of Virginia, to check the rising status of Africans and to combat growing critiques of slavery from America’s European friends. Jefferson did this by importing the slaveholder’s sense of slaves as chattel into an Enlightenment world view, providing a metaphysical foundation for prejudice by transmuting the traditional Christian concept of the saved vs. the damned into material and aesthetic terms. Recasting in quasi-scientific language the ancient doctrine of the ...


Early Continental Philosophy Of Science, Babette Babich Nov 2012

Early Continental Philosophy Of Science, Babette Babich

Babette Babich

No abstract provided.


A Healthy Mania For The Macabre, Stephen Asma Aug 2012

A Healthy Mania For The Macabre, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

The article discusses the fascination with death in art in response to several exhibits which display preserved human bodies, such as the "Body Worlds" traveling exhibit which features human bodies preserved with silicon after an acetone bath, a technique discovered by medical scientist Gunther von Hagens. The author looks at human curiosity with morbidity and artists such as Damien Hirst that use it as the focus of their work. Topics include comments by Richard Harris, creator of "Morbid Curiosity" exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, art historian Paul Koudounaris, and the beauty of death and morbidity according to New York artist and ...


Review Of Asbestos And Fire: Technological Tradeoffs And The Body At Risk., Mark Tebeau Jul 2012

Review Of Asbestos And Fire: Technological Tradeoffs And The Body At Risk., Mark Tebeau

Mark Tebeau

Book review of Asbestos and Fire: Technological Tradeoffs and the Body at Risk by Rachel Maines.


Paul Revere's Last Ride: The Road To Rolling Copper, Robert Martello Mar 2012

Paul Revere's Last Ride: The Road To Rolling Copper, Robert Martello

Robert Martello

An immigrant's son, a heroic revolutionary rider, and an eminent silversmith, Paul Revere seems to epitomize the American Dream. He has been justifiably lauded as a hardworking, practical, and ambitious patriot-citizen, yet this portrait is incomplete. Paul Revere's greatest ride, truly earning him his place in history, was his successful quest to become the first American to master the technique of rolling copper.


Enemy In The Blood: Malaria, Environment, And Development In Argentina, Eric Carter Dec 2011

Enemy In The Blood: Malaria, Environment, And Development In Argentina, Eric Carter

Eric D. Carter

Winner of the 2013 Elinor Melville Prize for the best book on Latin American environmental history, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History.


Drainage On The Grand Prairie: The Birth Of A Hydraulic Society On The Midwestern Frontier, S. Imlay, Eric Carter Dec 2011

Drainage On The Grand Prairie: The Birth Of A Hydraulic Society On The Midwestern Frontier, S. Imlay, Eric Carter

Eric D. Carter

The Grand Prairie of east central Illinois was notorious for a marshy environment that prevented dense agricultural settlement until late in the nineteenth century. While recent historical–geographical scholarship has focused on innovations in drainage technology, drainage-related laws and institutions, and the ecological impacts of wetland reclamation, it has largely failed to account for the persistence of agrarian structure, and its key component, land tenure, on the Grand Prairie. Late-nineteenth-century reclamation efforts were not quite so transformative as previously believed. The same landed elite that dominated in the pre-drainage era quickly emerged atop a system of public drainage that held ...


Review Of "Isaac's Eye," By Lucas Hnath, Ensemble Studio Theater, Karen Gevirtz Dec 2011

Review Of "Isaac's Eye," By Lucas Hnath, Ensemble Studio Theater, Karen Gevirtz

Karen Bloom Gevirtz

No abstract provided.


Coerced Confessional, Miracle Exoneration: The Case Of Ex-Monster Jerry Hobbs, Stephen Asma Jan 2011

Coerced Confessional, Miracle Exoneration: The Case Of Ex-Monster Jerry Hobbs, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

No abstract provided.


Welcome And Introduction, Richard Clement, Raymond Coward Jun 2010

Welcome And Introduction, Richard Clement, Raymond Coward

Richard W. Clement

No abstract provided.


Darwinian Controversies: An Historiographical Recounting, David Depew Dec 2009

Darwinian Controversies: An Historiographical Recounting, David Depew

David J Depew

This essay reviews key controversies in the history of the Darwinian research tradition: the Wilberforce-Huxley debate in 1860, early twentieth-century debates about the heritability of acquired characteristics and the consistency of Mendelian genetics with natural selection; the 1925 Scopes trial about teaching evolution; tensions about race, culture, and eugenics at the 1959 centenary celebration Darwin’s Origin of Species; adaptationism and its critics in the Sociobiology debate of 1970s and, more recently, Evolutionary Psychology; and current disputes about Intelligent Design. These controversies, I argue, are etched into public memory because they occur at the emotionally charged boundaries between public-political, technical-scientific ...


Happy Serf Liberation Day: China And Tibet, Stephen Asma May 2009

Happy Serf Liberation Day: China And Tibet, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

No abstract provided.


Book Review: The Great Warming: Climate Change And The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations, James Fleming Feb 2009

Book Review: The Great Warming: Climate Change And The Rise And Fall Of Civilizations, James Fleming

James R. Fleming

No abstract provided.


Looking Up From The Gutter: Pop-Culture And Philosophy, Stephen Asma Oct 2007

Looking Up From The Gutter: Pop-Culture And Philosophy, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

No abstract provided.


Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, The Untold Story Of An American Legend (Book Review), Linda Niemann Jun 2007

Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, The Untold Story Of An American Legend (Book Review), Linda Niemann

Linda G. Niemann

Review of the book "Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend", by Scott Reynolds Nelson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.


Dialogue Television: The Climate Engineers, James Fleming Apr 2007

Dialogue Television: The Climate Engineers, James Fleming

James R. Fleming

The problem of global warming is getting massive public attention. This comes forty years after the first major government report outlining the problem. But there is considerable disagreement over what steps should be taken to mitigate the problem and some scientist fear that politicians are not displaying sufficient urgency. James Fleming describes the technological quick fixes proposed by some scientists and the problems they might create.


Holy Toyland, Stephen Asma Dec 2006

Holy Toyland, Stephen Asma

Stephen T Asma

No abstract provided.


The Climate Engineers: Playing God To Save The Planet, James Fleming Dec 2006

The Climate Engineers: Playing God To Save The Planet, James Fleming

James R. Fleming

As alarm over global warming spreads, a radical idea is gaining momentum. Forget cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions, some scientists argue. Find a technological fix. Bounce sunlight back into space by pumping reflective nanoparticles into the atmosphere. Launch mirrors into orbit around the earth. Create a “planetary thermostat.” But what sounds like science fiction is actually an old story. For more than a century, scientists, soldiers, and charlatans have hatched schemes to manipulate the weather and climate. Like them, today’s aspiring climate engineers wildly exaggerate what is possible, and they scarcely consider political, military, and ethical implications of attempting to ...


Why I Quit The Railroad, Linda Niemann Sep 2006

Why I Quit The Railroad, Linda Niemann

Linda G. Niemann

The article presents the author's reasons for leaving her job in the railroad industry. She wasn't thrilled to be force-assigned to the foreman's spot on Union Pacific's Lawrence switcher. Being the junior switchman on the California coast for years, she was used to jobs that weren't so plum. What made it tough were a difficult yardmaster and her help, a switchman who outranked her but didn't want the responsibility of the foreman's spot.


The Lord Of The Night, Linda Niemann Aug 2006

The Lord Of The Night, Linda Niemann

Linda G. Niemann

The article presents the author's reflection on the management of Southern Pacific after it was acquired by Union Pacific (UP). The year preceding the UP merger, 1995, everyone tried to earn the maximum they could in preparation for whatever union-negotiated guarantee would come down the pike. Downsizing hit this system hard. The union contract did away with the system seniority that provided trainmen the freedom to work anywhere on the railroad.