I’ve Seen This Before: The Fallacy in Perceiving Historical Recurrences

By Jake Levine In understanding the complex relationship between past and present, Voltaire’s assertion that history is “nothing but a pack of lies we play upon the dead” is perhaps the most accurate. The manner in which we discuss and understand history is largely determined by our own perspectives and judgements, rather than those of the actual people involved. While this is understandable, considering that … Continue reading I’ve Seen This Before: The Fallacy in Perceiving Historical Recurrences

Drew Archivists and Collectors Talk about the Life of Daniel Drew

by Willy Nichter, Staff Writer At 4:00 on Wednesday, September 27, Drew University Archivist Matthew Beland and Professor Chris Taylor came together to discuss prominent university founder and historical figure Daniel Drew in their event, “Collecting Drew: Daniel and the University.” The event was organized as part of the continued collaboration between the University Library and the Methodist Archives, and serves as a further commemoration … Continue reading Drew Archivists and Collectors Talk about the Life of Daniel Drew

Drew Celebrates 150 Years with Eight Case Exhibit

by Wily Nichter, Staff Writer Throughout this past year, Drew University has been celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary, marking 150 years since its founding as a Methodist Seminary. The methods of celebration have been many and varied, but as we draw closer to the ending of the year, University Archivist Matthew Beland has taken it upon himself to mark the occasion with an eight-case exhibit documenting … Continue reading Drew Celebrates 150 Years with Eight Case Exhibit

Merging History and Pop Culture, And Making It Interesting Too

It’s not everyday that an eleven-year-old kid picks up and reads an 800-page book, let alone one about a historical figure. But this is exactly the case with Ron Chernow’s book “Hamilton”. Chernow, who came to speak at Drew on Wednesday night, mentioned that many young children have approached him claiming they have read his long and complicated biography. Plenty of these young readers had … Continue reading Merging History and Pop Culture, And Making It Interesting Too

Shining A Light on the Department of Veterans Affairs

By David Giacomini The Department of Veterans Affairs employs over 36,000 doctors and other medical staff, making it the largest healthcare system in the country. That being said, the VA is responsible for the medical care of more than 9,000,000 veterans annually, a truly daunting task. Many of the problems faced by the organization are long wait times for veterans to receive care and treatment. … Continue reading Shining A Light on the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Importance of History

By David Giacomini For most people, the library provides a place for studying, doing homework, or maybe the occasional nap. Unless you’re going to specifically look for a book, most students don’t delve that deep into the stacks. The dimly lit corridors and almost total quiet can be pretty creepy. However, they hold some incredibly interesting objects. Recently, one of The Acorn’s writers was looking … Continue reading The Importance of History