stencils:

I like the real you more than the instagram you

todaysdocument:

Thomas Jefferson’s Account of the Storming of the Bastille, 225 Years ago:

“…in that instant a discharge from the Bastille killed 4 people of those nearest to the deputies. The deputies retired, the people rushed against the place, and almost in an instant were in possession of a fortification, defended by 100 men, of infinite strength, which in other times had stood several regular sieges & had never been taken.”

Letter from Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Minister to France, to John Jay, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, July 19, 1789, reporting on the events in Paris, (page 538)

From the file unit:  Letters from Thomas Jefferson, 1785 - 1789

Appointed U.S. Minister to France in 1785, Thomas Jefferson was in Paris in July 1789 when the French people rose up against their rulers and the first blood was shed in the opening days of the French Revolution. In his letter to Secretary of Foreign Affairs John Jay, Jefferson recounts how a mob stormed the Bastille, took the stash of arms, freed the prisoners, and seized the “Governor” of the Bastille who was then killed and beheaded in the city streets on July 14, 1789.

via Eyewitness: Thomas Jefferson - Onset of the French Revolution, 1789

utaustin:

UT’s turtles take a summer vacation

Around 140 turtles were moved from the Turtle Pond north of The University of Texas at Austin Tower Monday morning for a quick summer vacation.

The turtles, ranging in size from about a foot in length to about the size of a half-dollar, were transported to a secure pond at the university’s Brackenridge Field Lab on Lake Austin Boulevard while the largest pool is drained and cleaned over the next few days.

About 15 student volunteers from the Texas Natural History Collection, the College of Natural Sciences, Professors David Hillis and Travis J. LaDuc, worked together to capture turtles in the lower pond, load them into tubs or wading pools and transport them into two trucks.

The turtles and their vegetation will return from their summer vacation in about two weeks after
University work crews drain the lower pond and remove sediment from the bottom of the pond. Crews will also provide maintenance to the pumps and remove algae and mud from the pump manifold. They also will position rocks and logs within the lower pond to provide more basking sites for the turtles.

The Turtle Ponds, which were built over the period 1934 – 1939, provide an aesthetic value to the campus, but they also are an observational research site for students of the biological sciences.

Under The Volcano

anthonybourdain:

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@snoopdogg has a few words for Donald Sterling

The Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The website isn’t updated yet, but I saw this call for applicants and wanted to share.

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The Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at the University of
Houston invites applications for a POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in Women’s Studies, to begin in the Fall Semester 2014. Applicants may be working in any discipline, on a topic concerning women and/or gender. The recipient will teach one course per term, assist with some programming, and devote the rest of the time to research. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. Salary will be $43,000 with full benefits. This may become a tenure-track position.

The applicant must hold a PhD degree at the time of the appointment.
A letter of application, together with CV, writing sample and three letters
of recommendation should be submitted on or before April 28, 2014,
to Postdoc Search Committee, WGSS Program, University of Houston,
Houston, TX 77204-3005.

The University of Houston is a Tier One research institution, with more than 40,000 students enrolled this year. Located in the center of Houston in a 550-acre park, the university provides an excellent environment for teaching and research, within a dynamic city.
The University of Houston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. www.friendsofwomen.org

disciplesofmalcolm:

“Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes.”
—  James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979.

disciplesofmalcolm:

Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes.

—  James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979.

(Source: c-span.org)