The late scientist Dr. Carl Sagan said, “You have to know the past to understand the present.” This is especially true when it comes to understanding tensions in the Middle East. Dr. Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of history at Missouri State, offers insights into the Middle East by studying the region’s history. He explores how Kurdish political activism developed within … [Read more...] about Using history to understand the present
During a family tree project in fifth grade, Emalee Flatness discovered her great-great-great grandfather was a Union soldier in the Civil War. His story inspired her to write a song. In 2019, that song, alongside five others, won the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. A musical theater native Flatness, a freshman history major at … [Read more...] about Student wins national contest with original song
Spreading across roughly 40,000-45,000 square miles, the Ozarks covers much of the southern half of Missouri and a large part of northern Arkansas. It also extends into northeast Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. There are many stereotypes about the Ozarks and Ozarkers. They range from frontiersmen to hillbillies and moonshiners. With his research on Ozarks history, Dr. Brooks … [Read more...] about How was life in the Ozarks during the Civil War?
Recently, President Donald Trump tried to minimize the U.S. partnership with the Kurds by saying, “they didn’t help us in the Second World War. They didn’t help us in Normandy.” Dr. Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, comments on this statement in The Washington Post. … [Read more...] about Did the Kurds help the U.S. during World War II?
The Little Review, an arts magazine, was first published 105 years ago this March from the 9th floor of the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, and ran until 1929. Margaret Anderson, a writer and pianist from a wealthy Indiana family, founded the magazine and together with her partner, artist Jane Heap, Anderson helped introduce modernism to the … [Read more...] about The Little Review and its cultural influence