What We’re Reading: March 15, 2012

In the news this week, $47 million in historic preservation grants are being awarded to states, the New York Times publishes an obit for Peter Novick, and the Cliopatria blog announces it’s shutting down. Also learn about the new e-book versions of the Foreign Relations of the United States, Google’s decreasing efforts to scan books, a new TED-Ed YouTube channel, an argument for the humanities, and more.

News

Digital Media

Insights

  • STEM discussionWhy STEM is not enough (and we still need the humanities)
    National Council on the Humanities council members Cathy N. Davidson, Paula Barker Duffy, and Martha Wagner Weinberg explain why educators shouldn’t leave the humanities behind in an effort to push for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes in schools.
  • Invitation to a Dialogue: Evaluating Teachers
    The New York Times invites readers respond to a letter on the issue of teacher evaluations. Responses will be run this Sunday.
  • History Project Interim Report: How Can RSS4S Help?
    Research Support Services for Scholars – History Project is soliciting comments. Having established that "research support professionals across institutions have a need to develop a better understanding of historians’ work flows and challenges," the project is asking for input. Full disclosure: AHA Executive Director James Grossman is on the project’s advisory board. 
  • Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East
    A new online journal, Al-Monitor, is now live, bringing "analysis and commentary from journalists in the Middle East to English-speaking audiences."

Looking Back

  • Girl Scouts guide 1920Scouting for Girls – 1920 Edition
    For the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America, look back through the 1920 edition of Scouting for Girls, Why I Believe in Scouting for Girls by Mary Roberts Rinehart, and the National Archives Flickr feed Girl Scouts set, which is small but fascinating, including images of the Girl Scout troop at the Gila River Relocation Center, Arizona, marching in the 4th of July Parade, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower with a group of Girl Scouts in 1969.
  • Why We Have Sliced Bread
    Smithsonian magazine examines the delicious history of sliced bread. It looks at the shift from 1890 to 1930, from home baking to store bought bread, brought on by sanitation concerns, convenience, and aesthetics.

Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jim Grossman, Matthew Keough, and Allen Mikaelian.

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