What We’re Reading: November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we give thanks for professors of the year, a Wikipedia initiative, librarians and archivists, and much more. Read on for links to articles on these topics and more. And if you missed it, be sure to check out our profile of Teachinghistory.org’s Thanksgiving website from earlier in the week.



    ASA Wikipedia Initiative

  • A Call to Duty: ASA and the Wikipedia Initiative
    The American Sociological Association has announced its upcoming Wikipedia Initiative encouraging sociologists to add to and improve entries in Wikipedia and to incorporate Wikipedia-writing assignments in the classroom.
  • Sociology and Wikipedia
    Inside Higher Ed takes a closer look at ASA’s call for sociologists to improve Wikipedia (see link above).



  • History LessonsHistory Lessons: How They’ve Changed
    BBC News magazine has posted a short video of people reflecting on what they learned, and didn’t learn, in their history classes growing up—the consensus being that a good teacher can teach anything. This feature is related to historian Sir David Cannadine’s new book The Right Kind of History.
  • In Praise of Librarians and Archivists
    Mark Cheathem, associate professor of history at Cumberland University, expresses his appreciation for librarians and archivists, “colleagues who make professors’ jobs easier,” and notes the challenges they face.

Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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