History

June 06, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

At the University of Oregon (U of O), just south of the administration building, amidst the beautiful green scenery of the campus, is a bronze statue, “The Pioneer Mother.” On the front panel of the statue’s pedestal is the Latin word “PAX” (“Peace”).

May 28, 2015
By:
Kurt Luger

Former Congressman Ernest Istook, says that the “New Indian Wars are Fought at the Casino,” [Washington Times May 21, 2015].

Why would Istook try to start new “Indian Wars?” After 200 years of genocide by the United States, enough is enough!

May 26, 2015
By:
Steve Russell

Op-ed writer’s note: The source for the content of communications between Justice Robert H. Jackson and President Harry S. Truman is Professor John Q. Barrett of St.

May 25, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

In the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh, Chief Justice Marshall made a statement on behalf of a unanimous court that the United States is still applying to our original nations and peoples one hundred and ninety two years later.

May 23, 2015
By:
Peter d'Errico

Galileo's telescopic observations converted him to the sun-centered view of the planetary system, and thereby made him a target for the Roman Inquisition. The Church was committed to an earth-centered view of the celestial realms.

May 16, 2015
By:
Steve Russell

Regular readers know that I write as much about colonial politics as I write about tribal politics.

May 04, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

In Hal Ashby’s movie Being There, starring Peter Sellers, at the end of the film there is a pyramid with an “all seeing eye,” and the slogan “Life is A State of Mind.” In The Universe and Dr.

May 03, 2015
By:
David MacKinnon & Sandra J.T.M. Evers

Can the European discovery and acquisition of land in America, either in intent or execution, be properly characterized as a project to pursue the “holy and praiseworthy” work of encouraging the rise and spread of the Catholic faith?

April 28, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

On May 2, the archdiocese of Los Angeles will host a daylong celebration at the main U.S. seminary in Rome.

April 25, 2015
By:
Peter d'Errico

Pope Francis recently trumped political correctness on yet another sensitive topic: the Turkish massacre of Armenian people 100 years ago.

April 17, 2015
By:
Steve Russell

When I first started university teaching, I was many times the bearer of shocking news to some young woman that her grandmother was not allowed to vote.

April 11, 2015
By:
Steve Russell

There’s a word, sophomoric, that describes one of the few downsides of the professoring trade. If you teach college students, it describes your very own personal Groundhog Day.

March 28, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

Editor’s Note: Reprints of advance reviews of Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney are currently circulating on online, and a recent post from Newpower was cited as the lead-in to the columnist Steve Newcomb’s dissection of the dehumanizing effects of anth

March 25, 2015
By:
Steven Newcomb

A little-noticed definition of “civilization” is this: “the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to whom it is foreign.” The key word is “forcing,” which implies some agency that engages in the process of forcing a particular cultural pattern on a population or nation.

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