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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 09:26 PM
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27. Well, they were freshman classes, so the bar was set with a shovel
None at all had heard of him, or didn't show it if they had. I liked dropping fairly esoteric names like Gavrilo Princip or Smedley Butler or Stanislav Petrov. It was also a crappy time slot so half of my students were in a coma at the time, but there were quite a few looks of "!" from the survivors, especially at the latter two. I didn't have time to go into much detail on any of them given the material to be covered in the lecture, but getting the names and what they did out is still doing just that.

I'm not especially surprised that all three were obscure to my students, between the timeframe and the fact that it was at a Canadian university to boot, but it was definitely an eye opener to some of them, which was exactly what I wanted. Of course, we had our runins with that ourselves; the eugenics movement in North America really had its start in my hometown.
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