Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Andrew Nicholl wins prestigious Waldbaum archaeology scholarship

UTSA Today Story

Andrew Nicholl
Andrew Nicholl

By Sherrie Voss Matthews
International Media and Marketing Coordinator, Office of International Programs
(May 31, 2011)--

Andrew Nicholl may have delayed his undergraduate work, but he never truly left it behind. His love of history and past cultures led him to return to work on his bachelor's degree after spending several years working in information technology.
His hard work and perseverance paid off: He was selected to receive the national Jane Waldbaum scholarship from the American Institute of Archeology. He is one of only seven winners.
A history and anthropology double major from San Antonio, Nicholl will be one of the students participating in a UTSA faculty-led study abroad program during summer 2011. He will participate in UTSA's Belize Archaeology Field School taught by Jason Yaeger, associate professor of anthropology, and M. Kathryn Brown, assistant professor of anthropology, coordinated by the Department of Anthropology and the Office of International Programs Education Abroad Services.
"The competition was very stiff, and Andrew's success speaks to the strength of his record and his preparation at UTSA," said Yaeger. "Andrew is a very smart student who, like many of our undergraduates, is pursuing an undergraduate career later than a traditional student after working for some years."
"His passion is archaeology, and his honors thesis is a cross-cultural study of the illegal sacking of archaeological sites for artifacts that can be smuggled and sold on the black market," Yaeger said. "His findings will be useful to archaeologists as we seek to find solutions to this ongoing tragedy."
Nicholl is looking forward to his first foray into fieldwork.
"I'm primarily learning not just how to be an archeologist, but also to see if some of the conclusions I reached in my thesis have any basis in reality," he said. "I've always been completely and utterly fascinated with history and seeing how we are all the same. I like the idea of remembering people who have been forgotten."
Nicholl graduated high school in 1995. He started and stopped his bachelor's degree several times over the years.
"I don't think I could have done this previously; I needed to mature," Nicholl explained. He plans to continue his studies after graduation, working toward a doctorate in archeology.
Established in honor of American Institute of Archeology past president Jane Waldbaum, the scholarship helps students planning to participate in archaeological fieldwork for the first time. Nicholl will receive $1,000 to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological fieldwork project.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Legal rebuttal: "vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuo"

Legal rebuttal: "vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuo"

Rakofsky has responded by suing everyone involved, from the Washington Post, who covered the story (in which they quote the judge in the case, remarking unfavorably on Rakofsky's legal prowess), to the American Bar Association, to the large number of lawbloggers who wrote about him.

Tukewitz is just one of the lawbloggers in question, but he's come up with a legal rebuttal to Rakofsky's suit, which he considers baseless: "vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuo," which, loosely translated, means "Go shit in a hat and pull it down over your ears" (lit., "go shit in a [knit] hat & let that same hat itself be pulled over your ears.").

Now that's the law at its finest!

What was Rakofsky thinking? That a bunch of lawyers that make their living in the well of the courtroom, accustomed to walking a high-wire without a net as we cross-examine hostile witnesses, would somehow cower in fear at an utterly frivolous lawsuit? Did he think that those of us that write blogs, for all to see, might not somehow have a basic grasp of the First Amendment? Didn't he know, well before he even went to law school, that people have a right to set forth their opinions? How could he survive law school and pass a bar exam without knowing constitutional fundamentals? Perhaps the better question, why wasn't he thinking of what would happen in response to such a suit? Was he a spoiled child that got everything he wanted simply by throwing a tantrum?

And those of us that are practicing lawyers are the small fries, compared with our co-defendants Washington Post, American Bar Association and Thompson Reuters. Like they are going to roll over and pull down their articles? Good grief.

Joseph Rakofsky -- I Have An Answer For You (via Lowering the Bar)

(Image: Joseph Rakofsky)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Teleconference Lecture Tomorrow: "Herodotus and the Invention of History"

"Herodotus and the Invention of History"
Tuesday, May 10 2011
1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT (90 minute lecture and Q&A) 
Editor of the Landmark HerodotusLandmark ThucydidesLandmark Xenophon and forthcoming editions on Ariane and others, Robert Strassler is widely acclaimed for making the work of these ancient Greek historians accessible to modern readers. In his lecture, he will talk about Herodotus, the first historian, and how in writing about the Persian Wars – incluiding the Battle of Marathon - Herodotus invented history.
Location: Teleconference/webinar from anywhere in the world
Free registration: http://marathon2500-7.eventbrite.com