University to Feature Online Classes, Physical Dorms May 12, 2013
A university planned for a 2015 opening will feature online instruction but have students living on campus. The Minerva Project will have dormitories around the world, shifting students to live in Paris, Beijing, Sao Paulo, and a few other countries during the traditional four-year university cycle. All the while, the students will be taking the classes online.
Sir Edmund Hillary Diaries Online May 10, 2013
The diaries of Sir Edmund Hillary, first atop Mount Everest, are now online. The diaries are in a blog from the Auckland (N.Z.) Museum, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Hillary's ascent by publishing each of Hillary's last 19 diary entries in the days leading up to the anniversary. He and Tenzing Norgay stood atop the world on May 29, 1953.
Remains of Revolutionary War Fort Found May 5, 2013
Archaeologists have found remains of a Revolutionary War fort in rural Georgia. Carr's Fort was a hastily erected structure that served as a base for Loyalist forces aiming to extend British supremacy in the southern United States during the latter years of the war, when American forces were in control of much of the north. British troops had captured Savannah in December 1778 and were in control of much of South Carolina as well. The following February, a shootout took place at the fort and the result was a dent in the British drive to recruit Loyalists in the area.
Saudi Girls Win Right to Play Sports May 5, 2013
Saudi Arabian girls attending private schools can now play sports, according to an announcement by the Saudi government. In the latest in a series of small changes to boost the rights of women in the kingdom, SPA, the official press agency, said that girls' playing sports would be in accordance with Islamic law as long as the athletes followed approved dress codes and female teachers supervised all sports activities.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Peloponnesian War The Peloponnesian War was a decades-long struggle for supremacy between primarily Athens and Sparta, the two major powers of Ancient Greece. In the end, the whole of Greece got involved.
Thucydides: Famed Greek Historian Thucydides is one of the most well-known names from ancient history, entirely because of his famous work History of the Peloponnesian War. He is considered one of the first historians, and some have termed him the father of "scientific history," based on his preference for practice of reporting facts and figures based on eyewitness accounts.
Herodotus: Greece's First Historian Herodotus is regarded by many to be the "Father of History," for his famous work The Histories, an account of the causes and particulars of the Greco-Persian Wars. However, his work also includes many fanciful tales, which has led others to term him the "Father of Lies." One thing is for sure: We know a lot more about the Greek world, the Persian world, and the world around both ancient civilizations from what Herodotus wrote down than we ever would have if he had not been compelled to scrawl on scrolls with an eye toward posterity.
Persian Wars: Greece's Finest
Get down to basics with this easy-to-read article describing
the Greeks' mighty struggles against the mighty Persians.
Includes maps and timeline, as well as interactive windows
describing each of the four important battles.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously announced an end to public segregation in schools in the famous Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case. It was, in a way, the end of an odyssey for Linda Brown, who suffered the indignities of a second-rate school because of the laws of the land. The decision was also, however, just the beginning of what would be a series of high-profile announcements from the Supreme Court and new laws from the Congress and the President.
He successfully convinced the Supreme Court to rule that segregation in education, then later served on the Court itself. Find out more about this famous lawyer.