Much of the information presented here comes from John Reader’s book, Africa: A Biography of the Continent and The Henry Louis Gates video series, The Wonders of Africa. It is intended for Mrs. Herlihy’s AP World students . Thanks for inviting me to your class Mrs. Herlihy. Best of luck to the students taking the AP exam.

For similar points about the Middle East, see the Open Gates series called Beyond “Us” and “Them”: Debunking Stereotypes of the Middle East from 2008-2009 (click here). For a video of a musical idea I’ve been working on, see my recording of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” on tenor saxophone (click here).

Here are some noteworthy samples of student work from my classes this year:



Scranton Pub Photo ARoy Scranton‘s essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Bookforum, Contemporary Literature, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He served in the US Army from 2002 to 2006, and spent fourteen months in Iraq. He earned an MA at the New School for Social Research, and is currently working on a PhD in English at Princeton. He is working on two books at the moment: The Lost War: World War II in American Literature, 1945-1975, a work of literary and historical criticism investigating the dominance of traumatic narratives in the canonical literature of World War II; and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, a philosophical essay on the meaning of human life in the midst of global climate crisis.

Technology to Help Us Save Our Oceans

ShahSelbe We have made great strides in establishing marine reserves to allow the health of our oceans to rebound. However, these reserves risk being ineffective without smarter ways to protect them. The methods currently used tend to be expensive and rely almost entirely on the use of military resources (which tends to put it at a low priority). Shah Selbe is an engineer and National Geographic Explorer who works in identifying innovative approaches and technologies that can help. This includes the development of hardware (low-cost conservation drones, acoustic sensors, etc.) and data management solutions (smartphone apps, online databases, satellite imagery, etc.). He created MPA Guardian, a website and smartphone app to allow crowdsourced protection of California’s marine protected area network. He is now working through a grant from National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions to create low-cost drones to monitor Marine Protected Areas. Join Selbe to hear about some of the most promising technologies and his work in the Caribbean on the Waitt Institute’s Barbuda Blue Halo initiative.

Wednesday, April 2, 7 PM. We will leave WA at 4 PM. Eat at Legal Sea Foods at Rowes Wharf before attending the lecture.

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