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Being the Same and Different

This time last year, I’d just returned from three months at the University of Vienna being the Käthe Leichter visiting professor in Gender Studies and Women’s Studies. This position, much like Iris Andraschek’s installation Der Muse Reicht’s, which dominates the inner courtyard of the main campus there, indicates the strides that gender studies has made… Read more →

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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news The first American cookbook. Who was the real Uncle Sam? The Great Moon Hoax of 1835. The revolution has been digitized. The history of the American diner. A brief history of “Boston marriages.” When America’s librarians went to war. Grandfather of modern cheerleading dies… Read more →

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Heritage is Not History: Historians, Charleston, and the Confederate Flag

It’s hard to be a historian these days without constantly hearing about the supposed irrelevance of your work. After all, it must seem to many observers like we exist in our own academic echo chambers, engaging in ivory tower intellectualism that has little bearing on “real life.” And then, as a nation, we have a week… Read more →

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Female Presidential Candidates Aren’t the Answer: Republicans and the Reframing of the War on Women in 2016

There seems to be some confusion about what the controversial term “the Republican war on women” actually means. Most became familiar with the concept during the 2011 midterm elections when Republicans swept the majority of seats. Left-leaning media outlets began wringing their hands over the kind of restrictive anti-abortion legislation they feared would pass, and… Read more →

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Police Brutality, Mental Illness, and Race in the Age of Mass Incarceration

On November 9, 2014, two Ann Arbor police officers shot and killed Aura Rosser, a 40-year-old black woman, after responding to a domestic violence call. In the 911 call, Rosser’s partner, 54-year-old Victor Stephens, claimed Rosser had attacked him with a kitchen knife. According to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s report, Officers Mark Raab and David… Read more →

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Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news A history of the ice pick lobotomy. The story of New York’s last slave. The path to Griswold v. Connecticut. A Jewish family in 19th-century Santa Fe. The really interesting history of “the sneeze.” When National Parks had segregated facilities. The deadly history of… Read more →