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OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last! Pati Jinich Mexican Table

Globalisation. humans migrate. globalisation has accelerated the rate of involuntary migration while at the same time connected more of us to one another via various information superhighways. so here is a particular dish tied to the seasonality of produce (a sense of about food and time and place very much being wiped out by globalisation ….), missed by those who migrated, appreciated by those not of these regions by virtue of their immigrant friends and neighbors and this globalisation information superhighway. add in memories, elders, ancestors, families, friends, neighborhoods, traditional markets …. ceremonies, rituals …. and you have in one brief essay, one dish, one food item, a perfect illustration of why we have organized our semester the way we have. Professor Liang

OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last! Pati Jinich Mexican Table

OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last!

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Historians Reveal Multiple Cradles Of Civilization Each Independently Developed Chicken Tender Basket: The Onion

Historiography and Globalisation. well, not quite what i had in mind based on our sessions this week, though i had a good chuckle this morning reading this article. bonus for the classic old school textbook illustrations of these ancient chicken tender baskets …. 🙂 in all seriousness though — for world historians the issue of whether certain things — written language, pottery, etc. — are independently developed (and if so, why ….) versus learned/borrowed are as controversial as the fundamental issues we have discussed (linear versus circular; individuals make history versus history making individuals ….) for Globalisation, these global food/foodways patterns — poor people food, dumplings, meat wrapped in some type of bread, sausages, noodles, soup — are the microcosms we use to access global and historical patterns and characteristics of globalisation. The Onion started at Madison Wisconsin when i was a student there, and they have had a long history of writers taking class material and turning them into articles. Professor Liang

Historians Reveal Multiple Cradles Of Civilization Each Independently Developed Chicken Tender Basket


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Apple’s streaming service is cheap, but how does it stack up against Amazon, Netflix and Disney? : Marketwatch

Poli Sci and Globalization. Imperialism, exclusive knowledge, power, resources. if we were to add up all of the billions available from this list of mostly north American/US companies, what percentage of the globe’s total annual “cultural production” budget would that be? the power to narrate — to include and exclude, to interpret and misinterpret — trumps every other form of power. as i often note in classes, not that one form of imperialism is better than another — physical-economic-political imperialism one can fight and resist and easily see when victory appears; cultural imperialism — much much more complicated and difficult to process and handle. Professor Liang

Apple’s streaming service is cheap, but how does it stack up against Amazon, Netflix and Disney?


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Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family and How Families Navigate the Growing Cost of College: New Yorker and Inside Higher Education

all classes. not news to any of you i am sure. again, broader historical and global contexts are these: globalisation of the economy has hollowed out the middle and lower middle classes around the globe — in globalisation, you are either amazingly wealthy, or poor/insecure. add on top of that systematic government divestment in public education — call it what you want, the famous GI Bill is basically a form of socialism — if we define socialism as simply society-wide burden sharing (and in that sense, your car insurance is socialism too ….) for decades has moved the cost of higher education from the society to our 18 and 19 year olds. add on top of that an employment landscape of extremes — study computer engineering, you will do great; study other things, not so much. and a final, cultural-social characteristic — somehow just as higher ed became far less affordable, we as a civilisation also talked ourselves into this idea that ONLY formal college credentials matter …. just as higher ed has become more expensive we have also purposely cut off other sensible routes for students to go after high school — how come apprenticeship isn’t available? work experience? internships? much as i love education, i also know that it is not for everyone, and i think as a society we are making a dreadful mistake not giving complex human beings the full range of reasonable options to pursue. Professor Liang

Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/09/student-debt-is-transforming-the-american-family

How Families Navigate the Growing Cost of College http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/04/author-talks-about-how-paying-college-defines-middle-class

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The Middle Ground Journal and The College of St. Scholastica



Snow at the Home Office of The Middle Ground Journal …. We celebrate the weekend with a photo of our host institution, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies is a scholarly, teaching journal housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association, an affiliate of the World History Association. We have successfully expanded our issues, publishing weekly from September to June — a significant increase in the workload of our all volunteer staff. Now we gear up for the next batch of books and documentaries for review — as well as requests for new books. We have now integrated undergraduate student interns into this process, giving them unprecedented insight into the publishing, reviewing, and scholarly process.

For more information on The Middle Ground Journal, please visit https://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal and http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm For a recent article on The Middle Ground’s undergraduate interns’ excellent work, published in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, see: http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm

Please address all inquiries to the journal’s chief editor Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@CSS.EDU

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