'What It Is That Makes Us Human'

I value the fact that inquiry for the sake of inquiry is honored in the profession. We never accept the conventional wisdom or current paradigm as an acceptable answer. To be a historian (and a practitioner in any other humanities field for that matter) is to grapple with the very core of what it is that makes us human. Our triumphs, our tragedies, our flaws, and our strengths are all laid bare by the scholarly study of history and without this kind of inquiry there is little hope for mankind I think.
— Ethan A. Schmidt

News services are reporting that Ethan Schmidt, a history professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, was murdered in his office today.