Refugee History in 20th Century Europe: A Brief Primer

A lot of smart people are discussing the current refugee crisis stemming from the Syrian Civil War.  Much of this commentary is critical of European states and asserts that Europe should look to a kinder gentler past when refugees were treated with dignity.  One of these commentators is Emily Bazelon of the New York Times.Continue reading “Refugee History in 20th Century Europe: A Brief Primer”

Why I think the Digital Humanities are Important

Two weeks ago, I attended my second THATCamp.  Unlike the THATCamp I went to last summer at George Mason, which had many of the Digital Humanities heavy hitters in attendance, the THATCamp held at my home institution was comparably smaller, but no less enthusiastic about digital humanities.  The English department hosted my university’s THATCamp asContinue reading “Why I think the Digital Humanities are Important”

Stuck in the Middle: International Voluntary Services and the Humanitarian Experience in Vietnam, 1957 – 1971

On September 19, 1967, forty-nine members of the volunteer humanitarian group International Voluntary Services (IVS) resigned from their positions in a letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson stating that “to stay in Vietnam and remain silent is to fail to respond to the first need of the Vietnamese people – peace.”[1]  In this letter, theContinue reading “Stuck in the Middle: International Voluntary Services and the Humanitarian Experience in Vietnam, 1957 – 1971”