GUEST BLOG: Digging for Magic

by Phillip Witteveen May 30, 2013

Our guest blogger is Andrew T. Wilburn, author of the recent book Materia Magica: The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus and Spain. Wilburn is an Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology at Oberlin College. He teaches courses on a variety of topics in ancient history, archaeology and art history, and Greek and Latin language and literature. Have you ever been in love, deeply in love, with someone who did not return your affection? Or maybe you’ve gotten into a little trouble with the law—a speeding ticket? Did you wish you could say “Abracadabra” and have the problem go away? For […]

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Was Jesus married? Roger Bagnall weighs in on newly-discovered papyrus

by Shaun Manning September 19, 2012

Karen L. King, a historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, is preparing to present a newly-discovered 4th-century papyrus containing the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’” The document, a tiny fragment of a larger piece that has since been lost, was delivered to King by an anonymous collector, who is considering donating the papyrus to Harvard. King said that, unlike the notoriously mistranslated Gospel of Judas, the Coptic word for “wife” is unambiguous and could not mean anything else; she cautioned that it does not mean the historical Jesus was married, but that some early Christian traditions […]

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Earthquake in Michigan, Toronto Earthquake, Rochester Earthquake, Cleveland Earthquake, Buffalo Earthquake, Ottawa Earthquake…All the Same Earthquake

by kris bishop June 23, 2010

As an earthquake rattled our bookshelves a few hours ago, we were reminded of a great interview with Michigan author Michael Brecher on his new release International Political Earthquakes, from McGill Reporter, on the principle of applying earthquake science to international studies: Click here for more book info. Professors: Click here to request a free exam copy BY DANIEL SPITZBERG | If there were a system for measuring the world’s political upheavals and their aftershocks, which would rank higher – the Cuban Missile Crisis or the stare down between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan over Kashmir? It’s the kind of question […]

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World Cup Spotlight: South Africa

by University of Michigan Press June 16, 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th and current FIFA World Cup, the premier international association football tournament. It is being held in South Africa, beginning on 11 June and scheduled to conclude on 11 July 2010, matching the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations. The final is forecast to be among the most-watched events ever, possibly behind only the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. This is also the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa defeated Morocco and Egypt in an all-African […]

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The Colbert Report | The Information Master

by kris bishop October 7, 2009

by David Bell, originally appeared in The New Republic on October 7th, 2009 The Information Master by Jacob Soll Soll is also the author of Publishing The Prince (2005) “That resonant piece of verbal shorthand, TMI–or Too Much Information–would make a fine epigraph for our age. Anyone with an Internet connection today has access to exponentially greater quantities of writing, images, sound, and video than anyone on earth could have imagined just twenty years ago. Small wonder that we have become obsessed with the idea of “information” as an abstract substance independent of its content–something that we accumulate, measure, and “process,” rather […]

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