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Measuring Quality of Life Among Ancient Roman Populations

Presented by Kim Bowes (University of Pennsylvania) on Dec. 2, 2011 at the Center for Historical Research, Ohio State. This talk will focus the problems of applying data from the ancient world to modern metrics for quality of life, and offer some solutions, looking particularly data on the rural poor. The Roman rural poor are typically assumed to have had very low quality of life by any number of indeces, particularly climatic and agricultural factors that lead to a precarious subsistence living, low life expectancy, and only very distant ties to a market economy which limited income.

Mental Health and American Society (a History Talk podcast)

Recent mass shootings have turned American attention to the nation’s mental health system, its perceived failings, and it's potential to stem the tide of mass violence. However, Americans have a long history of pointing to mental illness as a panacea for solving social problems and an equally lengthy history of criticizing the treatment of those considered mentally ill.

Migration (Global Mobility Project Podcasts)

This series of podcasts was created by the Global Mobility Project at Ohio State University. Global mobility is a defining issue for the 21st century. The project integrates the expertise of five Ohio State University faculty members - Vera Brunner-Sung, Jeffrey Cohen, Theodora Dragostinova, Yana Hashamova, and Robin Judd - working on global mobility from the perspectives of anthropology, history, literature, film/media studies, and filmmaking. Focusing on two main research questions, 'what does it mean to leave home' and 'how do communities accept newcomers,' we foster the exchange of ideas on campus, engage students in and outside the classroom, and forge connections with the wider community in Columbus and beyond.

Mini-conference on Health and Disease in Africa

"Gland-feelers, Researchers, and Elusive Patients: Perspectives on Sleeping Sickness Control in East Africa" presented by Mari Webel, Postdoctoral Fellow in African studies and Global Health, Emory Univeristy at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History, The Ohio State University on Feb. 1, 2013.

Mr. Civil Rights

Created by Katherine O'Harra. This video is a digital project completed as part of Professor Lilia Fernandez's History 4015: Research in Modern U.S. History course at Ohio State University in the spring of 2015. 

Native Sovereignty and the Dakota Access Pipeline (a History Talk podcast)

As the struggle between members of the Standing Rock Reservation and their allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline coninues, History Talk takes a look at the long-term patterns of Native American relations with the U.S. government. Hosts Jessica Blissit and Brenna Miller and guests David Nichols, Christine Ballengee Morris, and Daniel Rivers discuss the specific environmental and sovereignty concerns surrounding construction of the DAPL, as well as how this issue fits into the larger history of Native American treaties, resistance, and protests.

Neuroscience and the Dialectics of History

By all accounts, the emergence of global capitalism in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries marked a crucial transformation in the human relationship with consumer goods. Our relationship with goods, however, is far older. Goods were present at the making of humanity itself early in the Pleistocene, and over the ensuing millennia they became caught up in our cultures, our patterns of communication, and even our nervous systems.

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