What We’re Reading: March 22, 2012

We begin this week’s “What We’re Reading” with articles on the Eisenhower memorial’s controversial design, John McNeill’s push to save WWII stories, the 2012 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows, and a renewed search for Amelia Earhart. Read on to learn about restoring a collection at Howard University, a study on the history and the National Park Service, teaching without textbooks, and more.

Featured Articles

  • Eisenhower memorialIt isn’t too late to get the Eisenhower memorial right
    Richard H. Driehaus responds to controversy about the proposed President Dwight Eisenhower memorial, and explains how the design process for other memorials can be better run in the future. Earlier this week, following a hearing on Tuesday, architect Frank Gehry said he’s open to changes to the design.
  • Save the war stories—before it’s too late
    Each week, over 5,000 WWII veterans pass away. John R. McNeill, vice president of the AHA’s Research Division and professor of history at Georgetown University, argues to save these soldiers’ stories before it’s too late.
  • ACLS Digital Innovation FellowsACLS Names 2012 Digital Innovation Fellows
    The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has named nine Digital Innovation Fellows for 2012, including a history professor whose project will use statistical analysis on governance after the U.S. Constitution.
  • Hillary Clinton signs onto latest search for Amelia Earhart
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports efforts of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) to renew the search for Amelia Earhart, 75 years after her plane went down in the South Pacific.

Preserving Collections

National Park Service

Teaching

Publishing

  • Gutenberg the Geek"
    “To evaluate the future of the book it is necessary to understand its past,” states Joshua Kim as he reads through Jeff Jarvis’s new e-book on Johannes Gutenberg.

Civil War

  • 150th commemoration spotlights Museum of the Confederacy
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports on how the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is bringing in visitors to the Museum of the Confederacy, and the challenges and controversy surrounding its new Appomattox branch. Kevin Levin, who runs the Civil War Memory blog, contributes his thoughts on the decision to not display the Confederate flag outside of the new satellite museum.

Fun

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, James Grossman, Vernon Horn, Matthew Keough, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend

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