About this Project

Objects can tell the history of the world.  Objects are involved in politics, diplomacy, war, rebellion, and colonialism.  They also reflect intimate and personal concerns like community, gender, and religious practices.  We can’t go through a day without interacting with consumer objects, and yet we rarely consider how they affect our world.  By drinking coffee, wearing a cotton t-shirt, and smoking a cigarette we are perpetuating the long history of these commodities.  Our hope is that looking into the historical background of objects will help create a firmer understanding of their place in today’s society.

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About Us

The 12 Objects site is conceptualized and created by undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse as part of Dr. Ariel Beaujot’s class “12 Objects that Changed the World.” The site is managed and administered by Dr. Beaujot and all the information on it is generated by General Education students. This is an ongoing organic project that will present new objects every April and November.

For more information please contact Ariel Beaujot at abeaujot@uwlax.edu

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The human desire for new commodities has driven us to change the world.