In the final episode of our series on the Black Death, Professor Mark Bailey and Dr Claire Kennan discuss the medieval pandemic’s dramatic social, political and economic impact. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, they use England as a case study to explore how it restructured society, with effects that were feltContinue Reading

Disclaimer: please note that this article is from a podcast transcript, which has been lightly edited for clarity By any measure, Oskar Schindler was a remarkable and complex man. His saving of some 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust, places him in rarefied company, and has seen him rightly lauded asContinue Reading

Amid the Cold War, a temporary solution to organize Germany into four occupation zones led to a divided nation. When the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8, 1945, the British military commander Bernard Law Montgomery cautioned his troops, “We have won the German war. Let usContinue Reading

Over the past two years, K–12 schools have implemented a range of steps aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, including plexiglass barriers. Over the past two years, K–12 schools have implemented a range of steps aimed at slowing the spread of Covid-19, including mask requirements, testing for both asymptomaticContinue Reading

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona watches as President Joe Biden speaks to students in a classroom during a visit to Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 11, 2022. Applying for a federal grant to support the creation of new charter schools is about to get a lot harder.Continue Reading

Vaccinations prevent severe illness and save lives, with an almost tenfold reduction in deaths. For more than two years, school administrators and staff have strived to meet the needs of students and families in the face of enormous challenges wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, with nearly all K–12 schoolsContinue Reading

Covid-19 spreads via human contact, and social distancing can help prevent transmission. When the Omicron variant of the coronavirus cropped up in the United States in the waning weeks of 2021, public officials warned that it was the most infectious variant they had seen to date. By early January 2022,Continue Reading

Masks may not be needed for children in communities with high vaccination and low case rates. The rapidly receding Omicron wave of Covid-19 presents a moment to pause and reflect on our pandemic strategy and make needed and, in some cases, long overdue adjustments. This is also the time toContinue Reading