Archive for March, 2011

29
Mar
11

pratt street riots

DR. ANNE RUBIN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY

On April 19, 1861, Baltimore was the site of the Civil War’s pratt Street Riots. Here, Anne Rubin tells the story of the riots and the first casualties of the war.

Anne Rubin, associate professor of history, is the author of A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868, and, with Edward Ayers, the CD-ROM The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in The American Civil War Part I: The Eve of War, which won, among others, the E-Lincoln prize. She has authored articles and chapters in numerous Civil War books, magazines, and encyclopedias.

Rubin is now developing Sherman’s March and America, an interactive project that tells the story of the march through maps, photos, videos and voices, and writing a related book called Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and America, which will be published by UNC Press.

18
Mar
11

social media revolution

ZEYNEP TUFEKCI, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
What role has social media played in revolutionary movements sweeping through the Middle East? UMBC sociologist Zeynep Tufekci has addressed this question in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and on public radio and television. In this video, made in collaboration with UMBC’s student bloggers at USDemocrazy, Tufekci tackles this issue for the student audience, exploring how people in Egypt and Tunisia have used social media as tools for communication, mobilization and organization. She also addresses social media literacy and how students can move beyond TV to more effectively consume news today.

The UN Dispatch described Tufekci’s writing on Twitter and Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution as “the best, most balanced analysis of the role of social media in ousting Ben Ali.” Learn more about her work at technosociology.org.




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