In March 2020, the Spanish far right party Vox made an appearance in New York. After having met with a number of prominent right-wing politicians in the Washington area, they had planned to come and speak in Astoria, Queens, the most diverse borough in New York; this fact seemed jarring, and I quietly protested.
Towards the end of April, the cruelest month of the spring pandemic, I was able to invite my former Hofstra colleague Prof Silvia Federici to come and speak with students, in a class on the history of witch hunting.
Earlier this month, I was able to interview the leading Galician writer María Reimóndez, for the news site El Salto (which we chose because it is willing and able to publish in the Galician language).
This winter, I'm personally grateful to those who vigorously resisted proposed federal budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Delighted to be part of the board overseeing a new book series for ARC Humanities Press, "Gender and Power in the Premodern World".
Informal questions and answers with a widely varied group of readers of The Wise King, for Deciphering Secrets, Prof Roger Martínez's excellent MOOC on medieval Spain.
Q&A with Prof Monica Green In February 2020, Prof Monica Green kindly invited students in my “Black Death” special topics class at Hofstra University to raise questions relating to recent scientific work on historical plague pandemics, and its relationship with current international public health concerns including coronavirus….
The man in the poetry bookshop told us: “Kilpeck is so difficult to find, they missed it when they were writing Domesday Book”.
It is August, but the road ahead is covered with mist and rain; we are driving to Noia, on the coast of Galicia.
Earlier this week, I walked through the heart of post-Brexit, pro-Remain, cosmopolitan London to the Sicily: culture and conquest exhibit at the British Museum.