Archive for August, 2018

“Poetry of America”

This ongoing series from the Library of Congress features “A collection of field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets. Each poet reads a singular American poem of his or her choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects, deepens, or re-imagines our sense of the nation.” Also available is From the Catbird Seat: Poetry from the Library of Congress that is an archive of poets reading and discussing their work at the Library.

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NJCU’s West Campus Expands

The opening of Rivet signals a further development of NJCU’s properties between West Side Avenue and Route 440. Built as a public-private partnership, this mixed-use residential building features social spaces and co-working opportunities along with advanced technological amenities Please come here for a photo-essay on this newest addition to NJCU’s portfolio.


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All the 2018 Hugo Winners and Nominees for Best Novelette and Best Short Story Are Online

If you want to read those stories that won the Hugo in the above categories as well as the nominees presented at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon 76), then this is the place for you. The significance of this year’s proceedings is delineated here.

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Here Are the 350 Newspaper Editorials Defending Freedom of the Press

In an unprecedented move, 350 newspapers have simultaneously published editorials decrying President Trump’s characterization of the press as “enemies of the people” and “fake news” while attacks against journalists in this country increase. This is borne out by research released by the Committee to Protect Journalists: “This is the deadliest year for journalists in the United States since CPJ began keeping records in 1992. At this point in 2018, the United States is the third deadliest country globally after Afghanistan and Syria.”

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New Jersey’s Future?

The New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup recently released its report Path to Progress that details certain changes to pensions, retiree health benefits, local governmental services, and business transactions which will, in theory, allow the state to resume fiscal solvency. To say some of these proposals are controversial is quite the understatement; please come here to read a summary of the recommendations and how they might impact you. NJ Spotlight also contains an excellent overview of the contents of this report; here is NJEA’s response to the plan. Contrast this report with Blueprint for Economic Justice and Shared Prosperity from New Jersey Policy Perspective.

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Online Primary Sources: British Treaties

What I present here is not totally comprehensive, but these tools do give access to the full-text of multiple treaties extending back centuries

The long-running British and Foreign States Papers is a veritable treasure trove of information that should interest anyone engaged in historical research. Some of the primary sources located therein include treaties, correspondence, speeches, papers, declarations, manifestos, and conferences; the writings are arranged chronologically by state. This listing I am using has an almost complete run from 1812 – 1922. It takes a little effort to tease out what you want, but the time is so worth it. For example, there are several multi-year indexes published that will assist you; here is the index for volumes 1-42, that includes the years 1373 – 1853.  There is a chronological listing of all documents that comprises the beginning pages of this tome; by scanning the list, one can pick out the treaties entered into agreement among Great Britain and other parties. For example, I picked out on page 2 of the index the peace/commerce treaty signed between Great Britain and Algeria. The reference was to volume 1, page 354, and I found the full text of the treaty there. It is a little awkward, but it does yield results. Another way of discovering pertinent sources is to search within the index volume by utilizing the “search in this text” box located on the upper right of the page. Using the text search results in over 400 hits for the word “peace” and numerous ones for “commerce” or “naval”.

A more direct approach is found through British Treaties Online that offers treaties enacted between 1835 and the present. It must be noted that this site does NOT present the full text of all the treaties, but enough are present to satisfy most researchers. And if the treaty is not here, you are directed to a paper source that does have it. There are multiple access points to allow for very specific searching.

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NJ Colleges With Lowest Student Debt (Think NJCU)

According to this article that is based on a third-party site, NJCU still ranks among NJ colleges with the least debt for graduating students.

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