In this week’s “What We’re Reading” you’ll find news from Capitol Hill, including the new “National Veterans History Project Week,” and the National Coalition for History’s coverage of bills, NARA, and more. Also in this issue, historian Patty Limerick looks at the resurgence of Westerns at the movie theater; former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham starts a new history magazine; and author Christine L. Borgman talks about her book Scholarship in the Digital Age.
- House Passes Bipartisan Resolution to Establish "National Veterans History Project Week"
From Library of Congress, a press release that details House Resolution 770, “a bipartisan resolution designating the week of November 11 through November 17, 2007 as ‘National Veterans History Project Week.’” Check out the press release for more information on the Veterans History Project, and what this resolution calls the public to do.
- Cowgirl Blues
Historian Patty Limerick raps about the place of the revival of the western movie in American culture during wartime with NYT interviewer Deborah Solomon.
- Lapham’s Quarterly
HNN reports that Lewis Lapham, the former editor of Harper’s magazine, has started up a good old-fashioned history magazine, "hoping to place current political events within the context of their historical antecedents."
- “Scholarship in the Digital Age”
Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik talks to author Christine L. Borgman about her new book Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure and the Internet. Borgman shares her concerns about “policy issues” and also mentions her favorite digital tools and technologies.
- Washington Update
Catch up with all the news from the National Coalition for History. Recent articles include a report on President Bush’s veto of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill, which would have provided $120 million for the Teaching of Traditional American History program at the Department of Education. Also on the covered by NCH: “Archives IG Criticizes Presidential Libraries Artifacts Preservation,” “National Archives Electronic Records Advisory Committee,” and “Senator Clinton Criticized For Delays in Release Of First Lady Papers.”
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Robert Townsend