At their brightest moments, civilizations and mankind as individuals have looked to their past -- shared triumph, despair, and culture -- to inform their present and future. Many of our shared and oldest tales still ring the most true (albeit perhaps with odd dialects, or clothing, or mannerisms). For this reason, from the very earliest . . .
Russia is enormous, both geographically and in terms of population and economy. Russia is politically influential, both historically and currently. The Russian language has historically had a massive role in the classical literature of the Western world, and today makes up a massive part of the world wide web. Russia is complex, with a political . . .
"The question of modernization is central to disturbances in the Middle East and in Africa. Everyone is after modernization, no matter where they come from. But you have to be careful about it, and more importantly, you have to have sense about it." - Youssou N'Dour The Middle East and Africa have been intertwined with . . .
The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice, and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind - Moza bint Nasser East . . .
Ancient Pagan Europe. Years when Christian monasteries existed isolated from the rest of the continent. Viking raids. Druids, English invaders, and some of the first castles in Europe. Origins of many modern forms of music and folk beliefs including tiny leprechauns. Above is a sampling of just why many have been so enamored of the . . .
There are over 6,500 languages spoken in the world today. And while 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers each, each gives us clues to our collective past, access to customs and knowledge of the presence, and a unique lens through which to view the world. Even dealing with just the most popular . . .
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them - James Baldwin History in academics is the study of primary and secondary sources about past events. In a world that prizes instant gratification and comfort, historians work to understand the patterns that led us to our current society, power structures, and predicaments. Through . . .
What is America? It's a nation like so many others, sure, but it's one with such a complicated and unique history, culture, and personality that you could truly spend a lifetime trying to define and understand it. As a matter of fact, some people do! American Studies is an entire academic discipline devoted to deeply . . .
A curator (from Latin: cura, meaning, "to take care") is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution (e.g., gallery, museum, library, or archive) is a content specialist charged with an institution's collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material. There are different types of curators. Depending on where you work as a curator, this will influence the degree. Here are the two most common . . .