In this week’s readings, I was upset by the many different memories that came to mind as I read. I have had many different animals in my life from dogs, cats, hamsters, horses, cows, goats, pigs, bulls, chickens, and even a hermit crab, each of who had a great impact on my life. I find […]
Posts by Kevin Dawson:
Thoughts on Pre-History
I too, completely overlooked the posting/blogging for the readings, since I was so engrossed in the research aspect of my historiography, so I too, must beg forgiveness for the delay in my blog this week. I apologize for this oversight on my part. I have often wondered when I cam e across the term pre-history exactly what […]
Onions Anyone? There’s Red, White, Yellow, and MY Personal Favorite, Vidalia…
When I first decided to pursue my MA in History, I was under the impression that I would just focus and learn more about my interests in history, U.S. military history to be exact.. I thought that I would delve into more specific studies of military history and become a “go to guy” when it […]
Edgy and Pushing the Envelop – What Influenced Eley?
Iggers, Foucault, now Eley, what? I mean, I am really getting bogged down with all of the dense readings. I find myself agreeing with Kate in wondering “why” are we reading this, then I begin to realize that this is part of learning to be an historian. We need to read about the thought process […]
On Foucault – This Week’s “Glob”, Uhh…I mean Blog
In this week’s glob, and yes I did say glob, not blog, I was very befuddled by Foucault’s writing. Therefore this week’s blog will be my understanding (or lack thereof) of the enormous glob of information that was strewn across the articles this week. Needless to say, there are probably many fans of Foucault and […]
Thoughts From My Soap Box Pulpit…
I have always viewed myself as somewhat of a material cultures kind of historian with a bit of oral history, public historian thrown in for good measure. I started amassing military items and collectibles from the age of four and began seriously talking to/interviewing veterans from the “Great War” through Vietnam since I was old […]
Who Wants to Help Me Make a Patchwork Quilt?
When I began reading Geoff Eley’s book, A Crooked Line, I was really struck by his comparison of historians and “professional guardians.” This made me think back to our discussion in regard to being “gatekeepers.” Last week, Claire’s viewpoint was incredibly accurate due to the fact that we, as up and coming historians, are no […]
Understanding Being a Digital Age Immigrant
When I was sitting in our GTA workshop class the week before actual classes started, I was introduced to a term which I had never heard before. This moniker was “digital age immigrant.” You see, that explains what I feel that I am right now. I grew up in an age when there were no computers in […]
Is there TOO much information out there? And if so, HOW do we gain knowledge from it?
On page 1 of David Weinberger’s book, “Too Big to Know;” he includes a couple very thought prevoking lines; “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” I mean change is often meant to be good or at least is thought to be better than […]
What Do We “KNOW” About History?
One of my favorite quotes in history is: “I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know” – Marcus Tullius Cicero I think Cicero hit the nail right on the head. History can often be right in front of us, however, as historians, if we do not research, […]