Hooded penitents take part in Holy Week processions in Spain – Telegraph.
These images (from the Telegraph) will not translate well for an American audience. The appearance of the hooded penitents will conjure a direct association to the KKK for most of us. It is, however, an inaccurate association, despite how readily we will all make it.
The photographs are a perfect illustration of how much we depend on history in making sense of what we see in foreign encounters, cultures and texts. How difficult is it to make sense of things that are foreign to us? Do we immediately jump to snap judgments or do we look for sources and background on what we are seeing? History teaches us the skill.
A knowledge of history will also provide a logical intervention preventing snap errors in our judgment.
"Digging into Maryland's Past" by Erika Franz
I am pleased to announce that the April issue of Chesapeake Family Magazine is out! In it is my article “Digging into Maryland’s Past,” featuring opportunities in Maryland to get families into history by getting their hands dirty. There are multiple programs in the area for kids and families to give archaeology a try and get to know a little bit more about the local and regional history. (Talk about experiential learning!)
Check it out! The magazines are located at numerous sites where families typically go: libraries, ice rinks, youth centers, waiting rooms, grocery stores, etc. Lots of great family stuff inside–including my article! (Archived issues are available on the website in .PDF format. Visit http://www.chesapeakefamily.com/.)