Tenure Weakened in Wisconsin

The AAUP issued this statement today after the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents adopted a new policy weakening tenure protections. Tenure in Wisconsin It is now clear that the Univer… Source: Tenure Weakened in Wisconsin

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In the Black: A Memoir of Coal Mining

I discovered Gary Bentley's serialized memoir, In the Black, through the podcast of Inside Appalachia. It's a deeply moving, often shocking memoir of his work in a deep coal mine in Kentucky. There are few real-life accounts that offer this type of insight into the daily lives of miners. We can only hope that Bentley …

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The Latest & Greatest in Ethnography: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

From today's Book World in The Washington Post:  Thank you, Matthew Desmond. Thank you for writing about destitution in America with astonishing specificity yet without voyeurism or judgment. Thank you for showing it is possible to compose spare, beautiful prose about a complicated policy problem. Thank you for giving flesh and life to our squabbles …

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Arlington Community Gardens

Last weekend I began fieldwork for the Summer 2016 Field School. I'm back along the Columbia Pike, this time studying community gardens along Four Mile Run and Douglas Park. The project stretches me in new and exciting ways. I'm an avid "urban farmer"--I cleared the azaleas alongside my house to create three 8X10 garden beds. …

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The Field School 2016

Today I begin the first field visit to prepare for the 2016 Field School for Cultural Documentation. I'll be working with Community Gardens in Arlington County. I grew up on a farm, so the idea of a kitchen garden makes sense to me. I tore out landscaping around my house to exploit the only sunny …

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Historical photos – Then and now

This is such a cool use of historic photography. Love it.

Chris Dale Historical Gifs Project

Below are a number of animated images showing Morgantown as it was captured at some point in history compared to what it looks like today. Some of the images aren’t perfectly matched-up simply because the landscape has changed so much and buildings now stand where fields once graced the landscape. Also, trees have been planted in certain areas that would make shooting from the same location impossible. Of course, I also simply ‘missed’ on a few.

Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy the photos. I plan on doing a few hundred of these so if you see me around Morgantown, and more recently South Park, shooting please say, “hi”. I love history and am always amazed at how often I walk by, and even upon, the very ground where significant events happened so many years ago.

And to be clear, the historic images came from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection.  You can search…

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