Arts/Humanities Website: February 2007 Archives

ESL Blog

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There are a lot of great applications for language learning with new technologies coming out these days, and this instructor is determined to explore them all.

From Second Life to YouTube, you will fun something fun to do on this "English as a Second Language" Blog.

http://esl-secondlife.blogspot.com/

Birth Blog

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Sometimes the Penn State faculty are ahead of us. Here's an interesting blog from Natalie Jolly on media perception of birth issues.

http://www.nataliejolly.com/Blog/

Between TomKitten, Brangelina, and Brittney, she has no shortage of stories to comment on.

12 Byzantine Rulers Podcast

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This is a 12-part podcast about Byzantine history from Lars Brownworth as structured through the lives of 12 Byzantine rulers.

I've only listened to part one, but I liked the discussion of the historiography of Byzantine studies and how it developed in the West. One important insight was that "Constantinopolitan Empire" was too much of a mouthful, so the older city name "Byzantine" was used instead. Such is the stuff historiography is made of sometimes.

This is also a great example of a niche topic being able to get a larger audience through the Internet.