Ch-Ch-Changes: Men, women, and college degrees

Source: Flikr Creative Commons Economists, demographers, and social scientists of all stripes get excited when the data from Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS) start arriving from the Census Bureau.  (Yes, we’re data nerds.)  The recent release on educational attainment is chock full of cool stuff. Let’s start with this picture: Educational … [Read more...]

Seward’s Folly

Source: Library of Congress According to the Library of Congress, “On March 30, 1867, the United States reached an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia for a price of $7.2 million. The Treaty with Russia was negotiated and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl. Critics of the deal to purchase Alaska called it ‘Seward’s Folly’ … [Read more...]

Gene McCarthy’s 100th birthday

  Gene McCarthy was born 100 years ago today. He spent most of the first 30 years of his life in central Minnesota, growing up in Watkins and then attending and teaching at St. John’s University.  For a time he was a member of St. John's Abbey as a novice. Al Eisele noted, "McCarthy spent nine months as a novice before deciding he didn’t have a religious calling and left the monastery, … [Read more...]