What We’re Reading: August 25, 2011 Edition

In the news this week, the East Coast earthquake hits the AHA and historic buildings in D.C., Rolling Stone investigates the Securities and Exchange Commission’s document destruction, Footnote.com rebrands itself, and the Organization of American Historians posts articles on the Civil War. Also, read Eric Foner’s review of American Crucible, learn about the design process for the new Martin Luther King, Jr.  Memorial, and find advice for chairing a department from Tina Fey. Finally, learn about stolen Lincoln documents that have been returned, help the Smithsonian chose Spanish language works to be digitized, and discover the records of Old Bailey.

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    King Memorial
  • Designing the King Memorial
    Clayborne Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Research and Education Institute and Professor of History at Stanford University, attended the 1963 March on Washington. Decades later he was asked to offer insight to the designers of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., which opened to the public this past Monday.
  • Inhuman Bondage: On Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights
    Eric Foner, the Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University (and a former president of the AHA), reviews Robin Blackburn’s new book on the history of slavery, The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights, in his article "Inhuman Bondage: On Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights," from the Nation of August 29-September 5, 2011. Pointing out that one of the book’s virtues was "its demonstration that slavery must be at the center of any account of Western ascendancy," Foner contends that it is "one of the finest one-volume histories of the rise and fall of modern slavery."
  • Lessons From Bossypants: Women and Leadership
    When Janine Utell was elected as chair of her department she found helpful advice in the Women in Higher Education newsletter, a Profhacker post by Jeffrey McClurken, and in Tina Fey’s book Bossypants. Hat tip.

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Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Pillarisetti Sudhir

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