Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Is your syllabus too long?

What is liberalism?

Political converts

What happened to New Atheism?

The descendants of Georgetown University slaves

The evolution of the State of the Union address

A writer finds her students

Jackson Lears reviews two books on American empire

Paul Harvey on civil rights activist and intellectual Howard Thurman

Ned Blackhawk reviews David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

J.L. Bell on “American History’s Biggest Fibs”

Should the state do the church’s work?

Trump’s shutdown was an attack on American intellectual life

Sara Georgini on Jeremy Belknap and John Adams

A Jewish synagogue studies the Declaration of Independence and Federalist 10

Liberal education vs. liberal arts education