Is Google Making Us Stupid? A Deep History and Future of the Internet

In a 2008 article in The Atlantic, Nick Carr famously asked “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and wondered specifically what deleterious effects the Internet is having on our brains. Carr argued that the Internet is making us incapable of sustaining the attention necessary to read long-form articles and books. He also points to evidence which suggests that using the Internet is rewiring our brains.

Is the Future of Revolution Feminist?

Presented by Prof. Valentine Moghadam, International Affairs and Sociology, Northeastern University at the Center for Historical Research in the Dept. of History at Ohio State University on Feb. 9, 2018.

Legacies of the Great War (a History Talk podcast)

December 2017 marked the 100-year anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. But, as the world commemorates the centennial of the war, U.S. events have been few and far between. Why is the war remembered so differently in Europe versus the United States, and what legacies might we be forgetting?

Magic and Witchcraft at the Dawn of Modernity: Why Then & What Now?

We may think of magic and witchcraft beliefs as relics of some bygone dark age. In this discussion we will learn that magical ideas flourished with particular success precisely at the dawn of modern times. We will also see that the European and American witch hunts did not occur in the middle ages but precisely during the scientific revolution. Why might that have been the case? And why should we still be paying close attention to occult mentalities in our own time?

Making the Cause Common: Race and Nation in the American Revolution

In this video Professor Rob Parkinson, SUNY-Binghamton, discusses how political and communication leaders in the American Revolution linked anti-British stances to colonial fears and prejudices regarding enslaved Africans and Indians, in “Making ‘the cause’ common: Race and Nation in the American Revolution.” This was a presentation of the Center for Historical Research in the Department of History at Ohio State University.

Malaria Redux: The History and Ethics of Malaria Eradication and Control Campaigns in Tropical Africa

During the 1950s, colonial malariologists, in conjunction with experts from the World Health Organization, set up malaria eradication pilot projects across tropical Africa. They deployed new synthetic insecticides such as DLD, HCH, and DDT, and new antimalarials, such as chloroquine and pyrimethamine, in an effort to establish protocols for eradication. These efforts 'protected' some fourteen million Africans. Yet by the early 1960s, the experts concluded that eradication was not feasible, and the pilot projects were disbanded.