Leslie Anderson ’79 Receives NEH Grant for Democracy Research

Leslie Anderson ’79

Leslie Anderson ’79

Leslie Anderson, a University of Florida Research Foundation professor of political science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support her research of democratic enclaves in Nicaragua and the “politics of resistance.”

Her primary research focuses on the development of democracy—how and why it develops and why it fails or breaks down. She also studies electoral politics, left and right social movements, and democratic values.

The award is part of $16.3 million the NEH recently presented to support humanities research and programs. Included in this year’s grants were NEH awards to 34 organizations that provide cultural programming to underserved groups, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Massachusetts College of Art.

‘Bonds of War’: Historian David Thomson ’08 on Financing the Civil War

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Union Army Depot, Virginia. Date unknown. The cost of financing the war led to a huge expansion in the US banking system

The American Civil War cost the federal government more than $3 billion, and much of the money was raised from the sale of Union bonds. As well as relying on ordinary Americans to finance the war, a lot of investment came from overseas, as US securities became a global commodity during that era. Read more in Bowdoin News.

New Book by Historian Peter Hayes ’68 Answers Vexing Holocaust Questions (NYT)

A new book by Peter Hayes ’68, professor emeritus at Northwestern University and an expert on Nazi Germany, has a new book out on the Holocaust that The New York Times describes as “an intellectually searching and wide-ranging study.”

Hayes’ book, Why? Explaining the Holocaust, addresses questions such as, why the Jews and not another ethnic group? Why such a swift and murderous campaign? Why didn’t the Jews receive more help? Why didn’t more Jews fight back more often?

“Hayes’s answer to this last question is characteristically balanced and astute, as he sketches out the different courses set by four different ghetto leaderships,” the reviewer notes.

Shaun Leonardo ’01 Makes ‘Most Memorable Artworks’ List (Artnet News)

Shaun El C. Leonardo ’01

Shaun El C. Leonardo ’01

The critics at artnet say Shaun Leonardo’s I Can’t Breathe is one of 2016’s “most memorable artworks,” joining works by such artists as Christo,Vito Acconci, and Ai Weiwei.

Leonardo’s performance piece evokes the last minutes of Eric Garner, who died in Staten Island in 2014 after being put in a police chokehold. In the performance, Leonardo teaches participants how to use the blocks and evasive moves that Garner attempted to resist the police. “These techniques…qualify as resisting arrest,” and can unfortunately escalate a situation, according to Artnet. During the workshop, Leonardo repeats Garner’s final words, “I can’t breathe.” Read more.