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Your Art, My Art
"The New York Times today came out with a list of "the 25 works of art made after 1970 that define the contemporary age, by anyone, anywhere." What struck me as most significant was how little any of the works meant to me. Most of them I had never heard of. All of them spoke of an experience or a way of experiencing the world that is alien to me. The list feels like a collection of paper cut-outs that proclaim themselves to be the definitive representation of the digital age. Now to be clear: I am neither an artist nor an art critic, and though I've spent my fair share of time in a museum, I could hardly be said to be educated about art. "
art  contemporary  2h20c  significance  museum 
july 2019 by tsuomela
"Graduate Archival Education in the United States" by Richard J. Cox
"From one vantage, those who started their careers decades ago, graduate archival education has made tremendous leaps forward; from another perspective, those in the early years of their careers, education in this field may look spotty, disjointed, and confusing. As I near the end of my career (although old archivists don’t fade away, they get preserved), I have increasingly felt like an archival source in ongoing professional dialogue. In this essay, I briefly consider the evolution of graduate education since the 1970s, the emergence of a new archival professorial corps, the maturing of our field’s professional and scholarly research, and the present characteristics of the archival academy. In this, I reflect as a transitional member of the academy, one who moved from practice to professing, and speculate about what the new generation of archival faculty – younger, less experienced, better educated, and research-driven, face in the next four decades. Examining current trends leads me to speculate about what graduate archival education will look like in 2050, and what I have to say is not what I am wishing for but what will likely occur. By 2050 I will be part of archival memory. What passes for archival education will be digital stewardship, delivered mostly via distance education with on-campus programs fewer in number and those that exist focused on doctoral studies and research, and masters programs mostly technical in nature and spread more broadly across the academy with a much more diverse group of students in terms of academic backgrounds and demographic characteristics."
archives  education  pedagogy  history  2h20c  memoir  libraries  information-science 
may 2015 by tsuomela
Styles for Him—and Her | Boston Review
"Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution Jo B. Paoletti Indiana University Press"
book  review  history  fashion  clothing  gender  2h20c  20c 
april 2015 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Review: Woodhouse on Turner's *The Promise of Wilderness*
"Review of James Morton Turner's, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964 (University of Washington Press, 2012)."
book  review  environment  history  intellectual  law  politics  movement  activism  nature  philosophy  2h20c 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Shift Happens - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"If you've seen that bumper sticker, you've seen what our culture has made of one of the central ideas in Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published 50 years and 1.4 million copies ago. For the marketers and boosters of personal transformation who casually talk about paradigm shifts, the phrase designates not just a gestalt switch that casts things in a new light, but a world so insubstantial that it can be thoroughly transformed by a single idea. Tomorrow there may be another paradigm shift, and another after that. There is thus no real progress, just a new bubble as good as the old bubble."
science  sts  philosophy  paradigm  history  2h20c 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks
This paper investigates the impact of changes in the level of taxation on economic activity. We use the narrative record -- presidential speeches, executive-branch documents, and Congressional reports -- to identify the size, timing, and principal motivation for all major postwar tax policy actions. This narrative analysis allows us to separate revenue changes resulting from legislation from changes occurring for other reasons.
tax-cuts  taxes  economics  econometrics  american  history  2h20c  paper  research 
july 2010 by tsuomela
NBER.org - Macroeconomic Effect of Tax Changes
In The Macroeconomic Effects of Tax Changes: Estimates Based on a New Measure of Fiscal Shocks (NBER Working Paper No. 13264), authors Christina Romer and David Romer observe that this difficulty is just one manifestation of a more general problem. Changes in taxes occur for many reasons. And, because the factors that give rise to tax changes often are correlated with other developments in the economy, disentangling the effects of the tax changes from the effects of these underlying factors is inherently difficult.
tax-cuts  taxes  economics  econometrics  american  history  2h20c 
july 2010 by tsuomela
FT.com / Columnists / Martin Wolf - Three years and new fault lines threaten
I think of it as the end of “the deal”. What was that deal? It was the post-second-world-war settlement: in the US, the deal centred on full employment and high individual consumption. In Europe, it centred on state-provided welfare.

In the US, soaring inequality and stagnant real incomes have long threatened this deal. Thus, Prof Rajan notes that “of every dollar of real income growth that was generated between 1976 and 2007, 58 cents went to the top 1 per cent of households”. This is surely stunning.
economics  income  income-distribution  money  wealth  history  2h20c  america  welfare 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Bunny Revolution | The New Republic
Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America
by Elizabeth Fraterrigo
book  review  america  culture  2h20c  sex  gender  media  class 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Rice University Webcasts: President's Lecture: Robert Irwin on Abstraction
Internationally renowned artist Robert Irwin, an environmental artist and sculptor who launched the light and space movement, speaks on abstraction, perception and reality. His lecture was the Dominique de Menil Lecture of the 1999-2000 President's Lecture Series.
lecture  art  modern-art  2h20c  by(RobertIrwin) 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Valve - A Literary Organ | “Toward a History of the ‘Big, Ambitious Novel,‘“ by Mark Greif
Mark Greif’s piece on the “big, ambitious novel” is a great article—ambitious, inventive, and important. Greif begins:

Criticism works by criteria it is willing to name and others it disowns. The “big, ambitious novel” is one of those categories used by nearly everyone to sift and sort new work. Yet it is not respectable. It is more common to conversation than to professional discourse…
america  literature  novel  history  2h20c 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Rest Stops, R.I.P. | GOOD
State governments are shutting down interstate rest-stops because of money woes and competition from KwikMats and McDonalds.
history  transportation  government  commons  money  2h20c  travel  america 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Dani Rodrik's weblog: Are the good times really over?
Note by contrast that the period of gung-ho globalization, which we may date from the early 1990s on, presented no improvement over the preceding post-war arrangements.
economics  econometrics  history  globalization  cold-war  2h20c 
april 2009 by tsuomela

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