‘This shows how the responsibility to record history is not left solely in the hands of journalists. With the mass amounts of information circulating the web, each of us has the responsibility to be mindful individuals by using these readily available tools. With this, every individual has the power to decipher all the circular muddled conversation and use their own voice to impact global affairs.
‘One crowdfunding project I’ve been extremely proud to be a part of is citizen journalist Brown Moses’ site, Bellingcat. The site is a supreme example of how a small, dedicated group of individuals can change the history books. In the first two weeks of operation since the Kickstarter campaign, the site already went on to pinpoint the location of a Buk launcher in the procession of pro-Russian rebels, locate a training camp for Islamic militants, and source the true perpetrators of the Sarin attacks in Damascus last year…’
Bill Gates’ “Big History” as a course in high schools all across America
Do you approve it?
‘Professor David Christian emailed to say that he thought it was a pretty good idea. The two men began tinkering, adapting Christian’s college course into a high-school curriculum, with modules flexible enough to teach to freshmen and seniors alike. Gates, who insisted that the course include a strong digital component, hired a team of engineers and designers to develop a website that would serve as an electronic textbook, brimming with interactive graphics and videos. Gates was particularly insistent on the idea of digital timelines, which may have been vestige of an earlier passion project, Microsoft Encarta, the electronic encyclopedia that was eventually overtaken by the growth of Wikipedia. Now he wanted to offer a multifaceted historical account of any given subject through a friendly user interface. The site, which is open to the public, would also feature a password-protected forum for teachers to trade notes and update and, in some cases, rewrite lesson plans based on their experiences in the classroom…’
How reliable is “history” and who is benefiting from it?
Speaker: COL (Ret) David M. Glantz, Editor, Journal of Slavic Military Studies: “The Soviet-German War, 1941-1945: Myths and Realities”
‘This content of this talk raises so many issues:
1. How could an event so massive, so recent, and so historically important be so inaccurately reported and underappreciated?
2. How often are plain historical facts distorted for political – and even personal – reasons?
3. What would have happened if instead of attacking the Soviet Union and declaring it an enemy after World War II we made some small effort to understand the trauma that they – our allies in World War II – suffered during the war?…’