…about whether Harry Truman was a Christian Zionist:
In about two weeks I’ll be giving the April “Just Lunch” talk with the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at OU. Come check it out!
Last year, Kate and I went to Spain for our belated honeymoon. Palm Sunday (our last day in Spain) found us in Seville, which is known for its Holy Week festivities. Before hopping on a train to catch a plane in Madrid, we were able to see the inaugural Semana Santa procession, put on by La Hermandad de la Paz (The Brotherhood of Peace).
As you’ll see in the photos, it really is a stunning event. It’s particularly striking for Americans, since the garb of the marching nazarenos served as the inspiration for the outfits of the Ku Klux Klan.
For those who are interested, I’m teaching an undergraduate course called “How the Holy Land Became Holy.” I taught it two years ago as an intersession class but this is the first time I’ve done it for a regular semester. Anyway, I’ll be keeping a site for the class at holyland.oucreate.com if anyone wants to peek in during the semester!
Archival research is often tedious. Every so often, though, something unusual pops out at you. While trying to clean up some of my dissertation’s footnotes on materials from the Truman Library’s online holdings, I came across a bizarre little ditty that Truman had written out on a scrap of paper. He doodled on the other side.
Last week I kicked off a new OLLI course in OKC, “Americans in the Holy Land.” This Thursday, I’m starting “The U.S. and Israel” in Norman. As with “History of Jerusalem,” I’m trying to put more materials for these courses online. This time around, though, I’ve created dedicated web sites for each one (they’ll be updated as we go along). Click on the banners below to check them out!