Category: History

  • Don’t be evil? In ironic twist, Google steps all over its own motto

    Last summer, Google fired a software engineer named James Damore for posting a controversial memo on an in-house message board. This week, Damore and another former Google employee filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and “all Google employees discriminated against …  due to their perceived conservative political…

  • North Carolina has the makings of a luxury brand 

    Every few days, I see another story. They’re always the same.    They start with some headline about how a company has chosen North Carolina over another state. Occasionally it’s another country. Sometimes it’s a city. They read like this:  [Insert Company Name Here] chooses [North Carolina/City Name] over [other state/country] for latest expansion.  It’s not…

  • N.C. State’s Mell questions myth of medieval Jewish moneylenders

    You might have heard the story about Jews’ critical role in the medieval European economy — serving as moneylenders at a time when others avoided that important job. A new book from N.C. State University history professor Julie Mell shows how that story is largely based on myth. Mell shared…

  • About holidays, families, and country

    My oldest daughter is a single mom to three and a successful engineer in a top company. She understands the power of education and is fighting for the best opportunities for her children. My son and his wife, parents to my other two grandchildren, are conservationists, and we argue about the appropriate level of government intervention to…

  • Reformation’s political impact felt 500 years later 

    RALEIGH — Five hundred years after German monk Martin Luther launched what became the Protestant Reformation, his actions still exert a profound effect on the world. That effect includes a major impact on modern-day American political debates. Michael Gillespie, professor of political science and philosophy at Duke University, explained that…