The Roundup Top Ten for January 6, 2023


NY Mayor's Proposal to Lock Up Mentally Ill Has Long History

by Elliott Young

The impulse to heal the mentally ill has long battled the impulse to lock them up as a threat to the society. Eric Adams is trying to do the latter while claiming to do the former. 


Assessing the UC Grad Strike

by Laura J. Mitchell

Despite winning increases in wages and benefits, University of California graduate student workers still face the problem of working amid the rubble of a social contract uniting universities, students, and the public around the idea of the university as a public good. 



Mistakes Historians Make on TV

by Julian Zelizer

Presenting the complexity of history in a quick and accessible way is tough. But some tropes hurt more than they help. 



The Complex Legacy of Benedict XVI

by Massimo Faggioli

As Pope, Benedict led a movement to limit the reformist impulses from Vatican II and encouraged Catholic traditionalism, but took the first steps away from John Paul II's denial of sexual abuse by priests and introduced the concept of a papacy ending before a Pope's death. 



Immigration Policies like Title 42 Have Long Encouraged Abuse and Exploitation

by Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez

The militarization of the border increases the likelihood that undocumented migrants will be exploited and abused by smugglers, traffickers, and employers. 



Most of All, Hamline's Decision Offends Me as a Muslim

by Amna Khalid

Hamline University, in firing an art history instructor for showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad (with a content warning, in an optional exercise), has exemplified how bureaucrats use "inclusion" to dismiss faculty expertise, and also insulted Muslims by equating a diverse set of cultures with fundamentalist. 



Edifice Complex: "Burnout" Used to Refer to the Problems of the Urban Poor

by Bench Ansfield

The psychologization of stress and fatigue under the term "burnout" has blunted consideration of how and why modern society makes people stressed and fatigued. The term's history shows the critical turns not taken. 



Can Religious Zionists Reject the Religious Zionist Party?

by Gil Troy

Can religious Zionism survive being hijacked by a party of anti-democratic and anti-humanist zealots? One historian of Zionism says he's not on board with the Israeli far right.  



"Receptiogate" and the Bad Incentives in Academic Research

by Charlotte Gauthier

A case of academic theft that might otherwise be of interest to a handful of medievalists stands out because of the immense, bungling, cloak-and-dagger internet chicanery involved, but more importantly because it reveals the misbehavior incentivized by European research funding. 



I'm a History Professor with 139 Followers. Why Did Elon Ban Me From Twitter?

by Kenneth Osgood

(It was because I called him a "bologna face".)


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