University of New Orleans has an excellent podcast on the Louisiana Purchase that covers the historical, military, diplomatic, and cultural aspects of Napoleon’s 1803 sale to Jefferson’s United States. It’s a great way to get a fresh perspective on American history, from the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of the inevitable push westwards from the Atlantic seaboard, it highlights the strong British, French, and Spanish presence in the center of the continent before the original thirteen colonies won their independence. It also highlights New Orleans’ role as the northernmost city of the Caribbean, often having much closer contact with Haiti, Cuba, and other Gulf countries than to areas to the north. The perspective here is somewhat like viewing European history from the point of view of the Byzantine empire. It’s eye-opening. Check it out.
Here’s the link to the podcast on iTunes U (need iTunes to load).
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Recent Temple PhD and now university press author Marie Dallam will speak at the Free Library on her book: Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and his House of Prayer on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 PM. “Marie Dallam | Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer (A) Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:00PM Central Library Cost: FREE No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341. Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace founded the United House of Prayer for All People in 1919. This charismatic church has been regarded as one of the most extreme Pentecostal sects in the country, and—long after Grace’s death in 1960—continues to thrive with membership in the tens of thousands. Author Marie Dallam, a religion instructor at Temple University, offers both a religious history of the House of Prayer as an institution and an intellectual history of its colorful and enigmatic founder.” ————————————————————————————————————– Subject Guides Classics // Islamic Studies // Jewish Studies // Philosophy // Religion ————————————————————————————————————–
Wed., Feb. 13, 2:30 pm Paley Library Lecture Hall “Freedom: A Conversation with Talal Asad” Please join Temple University Libraries, CHAT, and the General Education Program in welcoming Talal Asad. An anthropologist at the City University of New York, Prof. Asad has made important theoretical contributions to Post-Colonialism, Christianity, Islam, and Ritual Studies. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.