What We’re Reading: December 13, 2012

This weeks What We’re Reading features the latest on the University of California’s logo controversy, news on Georgetown University’s first MOOC course, and a new blog for early Americanist historians.

News related to Higher Education
Florida May Reduce Tuition for Select Majors
The New York Times covers the controversial proposal to freeze tuition for majors in “strategic areas.”

What Humanities Job Crisis?
Chase Robinson for Inside Higher Ed offers an optimistic look at future student enrollment in the humanities (at least in the short-term).

As Debt Rises and Job Prospects Dim, Some Say it’s Time to Put a Warning Label on Graduate School
Contradicting Robinson’s perspective, Stacy Patton for the Chronicle argues that academics need to have a national conversation about graduate school, and whether it is a worthwhile decision for many students.

New UC Logo a No-Go with Students and Alumni
After recently unveiling a new logo, University of California officials are facing an “online revolt” from students and alumni. Unsure about how you feel about the logo? The Atlantic has created a tongue-in-cheek visual IQ test.

Teaching and Learning
Georgetown to Offer Free Online Courses
Another university begins to offer courses through a MOOC platform.

Gilder Lehrman Institute National History Teacher of the Year
Short video about Joshua Bill, history teacher at Waukegan High School, Waukegan, Ill., who attempts not merely to teach history, but to teach students how to be historians.

What Good are Standards, if Funding Varies?
An op-ed from Chris Lehmann in the New York Times on the issue of funding variability for secondary institutions, with a particular focus on Philadelphia.

A Graduate Student Guide to Developing Your Professional Profile- Part 2: For Professional Careers in Academia
A great guide for graduate students looking for positions beyond teaching.

EDSITEment! December Newsletter
December’s issue of EDSITEment includes an interactive map related to the Bill of Rights, a look at the upcoming PBS series The Abolitionist, and holiday traditions from Mexico.

History in the News
Statement on Position in Relation to Open Access
History journals in the U.K. express concerns about Finch report.

Digital History at the 2013 Meeting
Dan Cohen provides a helpful breakdown of digital history sessions at the 2013 AHA meeting. Speaking of the annual meeting, the #AHA2013 hashtag is already trending on twitter. To read the growing thread, visit the AHA Storify space.

The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History
A recently launched early American history group blog, including a post on heated historiographical debate over Thomas Jefferson’s slaves.

U.S. Court of Appeals Rejects CIA’s Motion to Squash Lawsuit on Bay of Pigs History
National Security Archive wins first round in effort to gain access to suppressed CIA history of Bay of Pigs.

New Orleans History App
The Times-Picayune features the free iPhone/Android app New Orleans Historical and the companion website developed jointly by the Tulane history and communications departments.

Debt and Deficit Lessons from 1917
A look back at 95 years of war-related funding.

Fun & Frivolous
History Drinks
The Washington Monthly’s College Guide blog covers the AHA annual meeting name-that-cocktail contest. Claims that AHA is “not generally a group known for awesome party times” and “a selection of gin, red wine, and Sam Adams would probably be good enough.”For a complete list of suggestions from our readers thus far, visit the AHA Storify space.

ProfHacker 2012 Gift Guide
At a loss for what to get your friends or colleagues for Christmas? ProfHacker provides a holiday gift guide tailored for scholars, including book and app recommendations.

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