What We’re Reading: September 9, 2010 Edition

NASA in The Commons at FlickrIn the news this week, two historians have won Balzan Prizes for 2010, and the National History Center’s weekly seminars begin again for Fall 2010. Read articles on the humanities this week: the death of the humanities, education in the digital humanities, and digital humanities start-up grants. We also include two e-book related links this week. First, read the results of a survey from ACLS Humanities E-Book, and second get an e-book for free from the University of Chicago Press. Then, check out NASA images on Flickr, the National Museum of Natural History’s centennial resources, EDsitement’s Constitution Day links, Sean Wilentz’s take on Bob Dylan, and a talk and slideshow on the world’s oldest living organisms.



  • Latest Solution to Humanities Crisis: Surrender
    Ph.D. Octopus offers a sensible (and historically based) argument about why recent talk about the imminent death of the humanities seem vastly overstated.
  • Opening Up Digital Humanities Education
    Lisa Spiro at Digital Scholarship in the Humanities suggests the Digital Humanities community “experiment with a distributed, mostly online, open certificate program” that could “provide a focused way for the DH community to re-imagine how professional education is conceived, structured and delivered.”
  • Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007 – 2010) (PDF)
    The National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities summarizes the results of their start-up grants over the past four years. History garnered the largest number of grants, even though one historian in the report notes that “real challenge confronting academic historians who do digital history is the fact that there is no tangible professional recognition for this work.”



Contributors: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend

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