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LIVE DISCUSSION: IS THE MASADA STORY A MYTH?
Nachman Ben-Yehuda, the author of a new book that alleges
professional misconduct by the archaeologists who excavated
Masada, will respond to questions and comments today at noon,
U.S. Eastern time. Questions may be posted in advance.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/colloquylive/2002/12/masada/
ALSO ON THE CHRONICLE'S WORLD WIDE WEB SITE
NEW GRANT COMPETITIONS: Fellowships for research on immigrant
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/12/2002120501g.htm
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK'S CHRONICLE
THE NEW SIEGE OF MASADA: In a controversial book, Nachman
Ben-Yehuda, an Israeli sociologist, questions the archaeological
evidence behind key aspects of the 2,000-year-old tale of Jewish
heroism and sacrifice.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i15/15a01601.htm
BEFORE JANE GOODALL: Nadia Kohts was a pioneer in the study of
animal cognition. So why haven't we heard of her? asks Frans
B.M. de Waal, a professor of psychology and director of the
Living Links Center at Emory University.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i15/15b01101.htm
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the autumn issue of "The Virginia Quarterly Review":
Globalism and the American South
James L. Peacock, a professor of anthropology and comparative
literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
writes that globalism and the American South are intertwined,
largely because of the South's "oppositional character. ... That
is, the South famously sees itself as opposed to the rest of the
So as bits of the South have been integrated worldwide -- "via
Delta, CNN, Bank of America, blues, and bluegrass," Mr. Peacock
offers -- globalism poses both "an opportunity and a danger for
Southern identity. It is an opportunity for the South to
transcend its negative oppositional identity ... because the
South's traditional opposition is within a national, not a
global frame." The danger, at least as some would view it, is
that losing that rebellious character would mean a loss of
So what does the South offer the rest of the world? "A history
of defeat, suffering, and moral loss that resonates with other
regions that have gone through (or are in the midst of) similar
historical transitions," Mr. Peacock writes. It also offers
examples of "repositioning within a nation, economic gain, and
global resurgence," and of "joining national and global
processes without loss of regional distinctiveness."
Finally, "owing to its somewhat marginalized ... history within
the United States, the South can and in some ways does provide a
link to the rest of the world that the nation as a whole, and
specifically the triumphalist North, cannot." In sum, Mr.
Peacock concludes, "place matters." The South "helps keep alive
placeness as a contestant in the game of defining identity."
The essay is not available online, but information about the
journal may be found at http://www.virginia.edu/vqr/
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