Author: Melissa Byrnes

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The War on Knowledge

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On March 29, 2017
The Hungarian government is trying to close down Central European University (CEU), an American-accredited university in Budapest founded by George Soros in 1991 to support intellectual freedom and free speech. CEU’s response to the Hungarian Parliament asserts that the proposed acts are intentionally discriminatory: After careful legal study, CEU has concluded that these amendments would […]
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Party Like It’s 1939

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On February 13, 2017
Attempts to connect our current situation with the 1930s are coming out pretty regularly (and more will follow). But when two leading historians of fascism speak up, it’s worth listening. Timothy Snyder sat down with Süddeutsche Zeitung last week, while Richard Evans weighed in with Slate. Snyder certainly thinks we need to be learning from […]
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MLK en français

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On January 16, 2017
My to-do list today included tracking down eighteenth-century primary sources in French for some of my ambitious Francophone students. So, obviously, I decided to see what if anything French press had on Martin Luther King (fair warning: all links in this piece go to French language sites). Mostly, there were stories about Trump’s expertly timed […]
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