History Professor Nancy F. Cott testified on Tuesday in a federal case against California's Proposition 8—which currently restricts same-sex marriage within state borders—to provide an overview of the various marriage restrictions in American history.
Ihor Ševčenko once said that some historians, in their compulsion to ponder the same questions repeatedly, were like mindless dogs who urinated on the same tree in a forest—leaving other trees unexplored for no specific reason. But according to one colleague, this metaphor—called Ševčenko's law—did not apply to Ševčenko himself, who never sought to follow just one trail, both as a historian and a man.
Jonathan Lear, professor at the University of Chicago, speaks about how “becoming human is not that easy” yesterday in Lowell Lecture Hall as part of this year’s Tanner Lecture series. The event attracted a wide range of audience members, including University President Drew G. Faust.