What We’re Reading: March 3, 2011 Edition

Frank BucklesThis week we remember Frank Buckles, the last living American veteran of World War I until he passed away less than a week ago. While a government shutdown isn’t news yet, the Washington Post looks back to shutdowns in the past in preparation. Next, we link to two articles this week that advocate for more history education for the public. Then, read about the historical accuracy of recent Oscar films, and consider putting together your own film for a National Library of Medicine contest. Finally, catch up on two history carnivals, look back at William Steinway’s diary and W.E.B. DuBois’ students’ infographics, play an academic guessing game, and check out a new citation app.

News

Insights

  • On Scholarship and Public Life
    Michael Roth, president at Wesleyan University, recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post considering humanities teaching and how it can connect to public life. Within his piece he notes AHA President Anthony Grafton’s recent articles on engaging with the public.
  • American History Lessons
    Melissa Harris-Perry at The Nation advocates for more general American history education, as well as education on “histories of marginal people: black Americans, non-white immigrants, women of all races, workers, and gay Americans.”

Movies

Carnivals

From the Archives

More

  • Stuff Academics Like
    One of these paper titles is not like the others, it’s fake. Can you guess which one is the imposter? That’s the goal of “The Guessing Game” at the blog “Stuff Academics Like,” profiled earlier this week at Insider Higher Ed
  • Barcode-to-Bibliography App Makes College Ridiculously Easy
    A new iPhone and Android app called Quick Cite allows students or researchers the ease of scanning a barcode to create a citation for a book, though some commenters on this post think Zotero works better.

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend

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