What We’re Reading: May 31, 2012

By Nike Nivar, Allen Mikaelian, Robert B. Townsend, and Pillarisetti Sudhir

Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes a video interview of AHA president William Cronon on C-SPAN, Jay Martin discussing “Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” why museums need to be “yarnbombed,” and more.

In the News

Discussion Points

  • History at workWorkload and the Engaged Historian
    Jay Martin at History@Work discusses “Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” a report by the OAH, NCPL, and AHA, and “would like to engage the readers of [History@Work] in an effort to quantify workload for the Engaged Historian.”
  • Reading Politics and the Politics of Reading
    Recent fallout from a controversial cartoon in an Indian political science textbook stirs debate about the role of democratic institutions in academic life. The discussion continues here.

A Look Back

  • Civil WarScholars Look at Civil War Anew during Anniversary
    “Nearly 150 years after the last fusillade of the Civil War, historians, authors and museum curators are still finding new topics to explore as the nation commemorates the sesquicentennial of America’s bloodiest conflict,” according to an Associated Press report.
  • Historians: La. had Emancipation Role
    Mary Foster explores Louisiana’s role in emancipation. She writes, “In May 1862, the fall of New Orleans to Union forces triggered a dash for freedom as thousands of slaves sought refuge with the occupying army.”



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