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About Duncan

Arma virumque cano... Duncan is a history major and a member of the class of 2015 at Trinity College. His interests other than history and military history include hiking, biking, golf, and sailing. On Trinity's campus he is an active member of the Trap & Skeet Club, WRTC Hartford Radio, The Outdoors Club, and the Italian Club. He also dabbles now and then in the Trinity Tripod. "We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!" - Chesty Puller

LECTURE: Beirut – The Port That Became an Educational Capital

By Duncan Grimm ’15

Thursday, February 14, at the Smith House, Trinity alumna Betty Anderson ’87, Associate Professor of History at Boston University delivered a well-attended lecture on Beirut, Lebanon’s capital city. Presented by the History Department, the International Studies Program, and the Co-Curricular Initiative on Cities, Anderson described how a minor city on the Mediterranean shore became a major trading hub and hotbed of learning throughout the latter half of the nineteenth, and majority of the twentieth centuries, reinvigorated recently in the decades following the Lebanese Civil War.

Today, Beirut is Lebanon’s largest port, responsible for much of the goods that pass in and out of the country.  The role of education in this extraordinary urban growth is not lost on Professor Anderson, and is addressed in her 2011 book The American University of Beirut: Arab Nationalism and Liberal Education.  Initially seeking to uncover how students of AUB became politicized, Anderson soon discovered that the story of the University lay in Protestant missionary tradition and international intrigue between European nations and the Ottoman Empire.

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Mussolini’s Battle For The Roman Past: The Ancient Redesigned

Il Duce Parading Down the Via dei Fori Imperiali

By Duncan F. Grimm (History major, class of 2015)

Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City of many layers and rich history.  Despite ages of construction and destruction the city today appears ingeniously planned.  A lesser known, or discouraged fact, is that Mussolini and his vision for Rome created this city we experience today. On Thursday, November 1, Professor Borden W. Painter, Jr. (Trinity College ’58) enlightened an audience at the Center for Urban and Global Studies of Mussolini’s Rome, and how the self-proclaimed Marshal of Empire changed the city’s urban landscape.   In the 1920s and 1930s his dream of creating a new Imperial Rome completely redesigned the city that we enjoy today. “Mussolini fought many battles,” Painter said, and “he identified chiefly with Augustus.” From 1922 to 1943 Italy was a fascist state; understandably, immediately after the Second World War there was an immediate backlash against all things fascist.  In the 1970s and 1980s however, individuals began to adopt a more eclectic view of Il Duce’s Rome–it may be possible to have some good come out of a bad regime.
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“Some Dark Age!” Thursday Common Hour Lecture: Kings, Knights, Poets, and Bankers by Richard W. Kaeuper

William Marshall unhorses Baldwin de Guisnes

By Duncan F. Grimm (History major, class of 2015)

Thursday, 18 October, 2012 – Professor Richard W. Kaeuper of the University of Rochester discussed the Middle Ages with the Trinity community, asking the leading question that at one time or another all historians must face: Why is it important to study the past? While this question seems to plague (no Medieval pun intended) many academics, Kaeuper embraces the challenge.  By the end of his lecture, he had fully illuminated the supposed Dark Ages, painting a picture of a pivotal society that had experienced a renaissance before the Renaissance. One of the most intriguing qualities of the Middle Ages, Kaeuper argued, was that comparative to our time, events seem to take place in slow motion, spanning years if not decades before a conclusion is reached.  For historians, this pace of change offers a  window often not found in an era so critical to the development of Western civilization and the character of the individual.
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