June 14, 2012 |
IN RECENT MONTHS I've suggested in a new book that we may have become a "nation of wusses. " The reference comes, of course, from my criticism of a decision by the National Football League to cancel an Eagles game in 2010 because of the threat of some heavy snow. In its larger ramification, the criticism applies to us and to what our lack of courage has done to us as a nation — and the dangers we will face because of it. Fortunately, we will soon have a place in Philadelphia where we can easily draw inspiration from a time when that criticism could not have been further from the truth.
May 7, 2011 |
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - President Obama on Friday privately thanked some of the special military operators who killed Osama bin Laden. "Job well done," he said of their daring raid. In a series of closed-door meetings, Obama and Vice President Biden met with some of the special-operations forces who went on Monday's early-morning raid in Pakistan and with members of the broader assault force that supported the mission. "I came here for a simple reason: to say thank you on behalf of America," Obama told soldiers at Fort Campbell, the home of the 101st Airborne Division, after his private meetings.
May 11, 2010 |
Mattei Ion Radu, 28, of Radnor, a legal scholar, died of complications from asthma and heart disease Friday, May 7, in New York City after dining with friends. Mr. Radu was to receive a master's degree in law from New York University later this month. He earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Villanova University and a master's degree in international history from the London School of Economics. From 2007 to 2009, he taught history and jurisprudence at Villanova.
May 11, 2010 |
Mattei Ion Radu, 28, of Radnor, a legal scholar, died of complications from asthma and heart disease Friday, May 7, in New York City after dining with friends. Mr. Radu was to receive a master's degree in law from New York University later this month. He earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from Villanova University and a master's degree in international history from the London School of Economics. From 2007 to 2009, he taught history and jurisprudence at Villanova. He wrote articles on topics including the Soviet Union, the Cold War, and post-World War II German constitutional law, and they were published in the Villanova Law Review, the Southern University Law Review, the Campbell Law Review, and the University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy.
April 4, 2010 |
I have long valued the rich tales of American history I have heard throughout my life. From my childhood, when my father would drive hundreds of miles out of the way on family trips to see famed historic sites, to my time studying history in graduate school at Villanova University, it is the remarkable stories that have always drawn me to connect with the events in America's past. Now that I am a father, I have sought to pass along that same love of history to my children. One tale in particular that I have always enjoyed sharing with them is told in the poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
March 30, 2007
DAN ROONEY'S letter on a slavery museum was on point. As an African-American man, I see no need of one. It's a spectacle that will bring more discord than harmony. What we do need is a movement to correct the wrongs of slavery. Open discussion about the biggest atrocity in American history (possibly world history) that has never been rectified. Slavery did take place all over the world in many countries, but I live in America. American slavery is what has and does affect my people, so that's what I am interested in. The state of black folk in America today is tied to slavery and is perpetuated by America's continued denial of this problem.
September 22, 2005 |
Time was, the study of world history was essentially the study of war. Kings and the men they led were always marching somewhere or other in armor. Historians never seemed to get that an army moves on its stomach; the quest to capture and cook food was largely ignored. "For mainstream historians, the focus always seemed to be on history through war and kings, " says Amy Bentley, a professor of food history at New York University. "No one was too concerned about something as domestic as cooking.
June 22, 2005 |
Philadelphia's decision to require an African American history course for graduation has unleashed a debate among historians and again highlighted how controversial it is for schools to decide what to teach about the past and how to teach it. Some support the move - a national first - and say the long-neglected subject is integral to understanding U.S. and world history. And, they say, it's a subject important to emphasize in a school system in which two-thirds of the students are African American.
June 21, 2005
African history will benefit student majority Kudos to the School Reform Commission for its mandate requiring high school students to study African and African American history in order to graduate ("Phila. school mandate: African history," June 9). This is a very positive and progressive step that will be very beneficial to the students, the schools, and the community as a whole. Since the district's student body is two-thirds African American, it is obvious that learning the history of their people will be a positive thing for these kids.
September 22, 2004 |
Here's the deal. You've gone to Act II Playhouse in Ambler to see a show called The Big Bang, but find that you are in a swank New York apartment attending a backers audition for a proposed Broadway musical that, surprise, has the same title as the show you've come to see. And what an ambitious musical it is! It aims to cover the history of the world from the origins of the universe until almost yesterday; will cost $83.5 million; will have a cast of 318. But since the two guys who hope to put on the show don't have money to hire actors to preview it for potential backers, they announce that they, with only the help of a piano player, are going to perform a sampling of numbers themselves.