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Welcome back! It's Drexel's 122nd year

This month marks the 122nd anniversary of the first classes at Drexel.  The Drexel Institute was dedicated in December 17, 1891, but classes didn't begin until January 1892.  In fact, "1892" appeared on the Drexel seal at first, until the Institute settled on the 1891 date that we use today.  If you walk through the Great Court today, imagine how many students before you have crossed that hall on their way to class in the last 122 years.

 

Homebrewing and video games?

Find out the connection this Thursday and take part in a conversation on gaming culture.

May 24, 4 to 5 PM

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Free access to online primary source collection to celebrate Women's History Month

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000, Scholar’s Edition

SUNY Binghamton's Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender and publisher Alexander Street Press are offering one month's free access to their extensive digital archive collection in honor of Women's History Month.  This free preview which lets you use the colection's, "91 document projects and archives with more than 3,600 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and more than 2,060

The Development of Precast Exposed Aggregate Concrete Cladding: The Legacy of John J. Earley and the Implications for Preservation Philosophy

Author: Jenna Cellini, University of Pennsylvania

This thesis seeks to explore the development of a building material with regards to its durability and production. It does so in the examination of the advances in material understanding and technique with regards to a unique twentieth century material – precast exposed aggregate concrete. Tested, refined and later patented by craftsman John J.

Vassiliev's Notebooks - Wilson Center Live Web Event Thurs. May 21st 10AM to 4:30PM

The Wilson Center is, right at this moment, running a live webcast of its panel discussion of KGB officer turned journalist Alexander Vassiliev's newly released notebooks.   Drawn from the KGB archives, these notebooks offer an unprecedented look into Soviet espionage activities in the US from 1930-1950.  Some topics discussed will be Alger Hiss, and I.F.

So, where did all these people come from?

As part of it's very interesting "Remade in America: The Newest Immigrants and their Impact" series, the New York Times has put up a fascinating interactive map that displays the country of origin for the foreign-born population by county.

Parsing Inaugural Words

The New York Times has an interesting web feature up right now that presents a timeline of all of the presidential Inaugural addresses from 1789 on.  While that is pretty useful in itself, this site is particularly interesting because it shows you a tag cloud of the frequently used words in each speech.  It's a great way to quickly survey the changing language and themes.

The page is available here: Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present.

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