The articles in this edition of “What We’re Reading” ask a lot of questions: How many amendments does the Constitution have? Who was Chester Arthur? Where have copyright law and its enforcers gone wrong? And that just scrapes the surface. Check out the reading list below and decide for yourself which questions get answered, and which lead to even more questions.
- New Test Asks: What Does ‘American’ Mean?
This New York Times article discusses revisions to the test immigrants are required to take to become naturalized American citizens. The NYT has also posted a PDF of ten of the new questions, so you can quiz yourself. In a related post, Matt Raymond, Director of Communications at the Library of Congress, points to pages on the LOC web site that hold the answers to many of the new citizenship test’s questions.
- Marixa Lasso Granted Visa
Case Western Reserve University reports that Marixa Lasso, an assistant professor of history at the university, has finally been granted a visa allowing her to re-enter the U.S. This is a happy outcome to her story, and a follow-up to what we reported in last week’s “What We’re Reading”.
- Seven Presidents Nobody Remembers
Apparently this CNN contributor’s grasp of past presidents is limited to ones on “coins, stamps, or monuments.” In his article, “Seven Presidents Nobody Remembers,” he presents a suspect list of “forgotten” presidents. Maybe we’ll let him slide with Chester Arthur and Millard Fillmore, but Herbert Hoover? Really?
- Webcasts from Cornell University
Recent webcasts on this Cornell University site include two discussions of copyright: “Protecting the University from Copyright Bullies” and “Righting the Copyright Balance.” Also, Siva Vaidhyanathan presents a talk titled, “We are All Public Now: Surveillance, Technology, and the Sanctity of the Classroom.” All video events are kept in an online archive, but you’ll need RealPlayer (and certain system requirements) to watch them.
- The Uses of History
In interview by the Baltimore Sun, AHA president-elect Gabrielle Spiegel talks about her background, the AHA, and current issues in the history profession. But we recommend this article with some reservations. First of all, its format leads to vague differentiation between the questions and answers, and the National History Center is referred to incorrectly as the “National Historical Center.”
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Miriam Hauss, and Pillarisetti Sudhir