What We’re Reading: March 28, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features a growing professional debate amongst historians in Canada, a new web portal that maps forgotten slave graveyards, the human body in yarn form, and much more…

History in the News
History Wars: Terms of Debate
Historians in Canada now on the defensive about what they study and write.

The Particular Puzzles of Being a Small Museum
Geraldine Fabrikant for the New York Times profiles some of the unique challenges facing smaller museums.

When Jim Crow Drank Cola
Grace Elizabeth Hale for the New York Times contributed an interesting piece (albeit in January), on the history of race-based marketing of soft drinks.

The Sequester Hits History
Philip White at The Historical Society discusses the shortened hours at the Harry S. Truman Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri.

China Becomes Air-Minded
At Frog in a Well, Alan Baumler shares images from pre-WWII propaganda created “to convince Chinese that they needed to be ready for a new type of war.”

Some interesting coverage of a workshop on institutional review boards and the social sciences (a topic of significance for oral historians) from Zachary Schrag and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA).

Digital Humanities Talk
Slaves’ Forgotten Burial Sites, Marked Online
Fordham University recently announced a project, at the behest of history student Sandra Arnold, to create a web portal that “invites visitors to input information about the whereabouts and residents of slave graveyards across the country.”

Open Access and the Humanities: Reimagining Our Future
The co-founder of the Open Library of the Humanities, recently featured in Perspectives Online, argues for experimentation in scholarly publishing.

It’s MOOAs, Not MOOCs, That Will Transform Higher Education
Higher education humor from the Chronicle of Higher Education: “So if we could find a way to put administration online, to create Massive Online Open Administrations or MOOAs, we could really cut some fat and reap some serious rewards.”

Interesting and Fun
Cleaning: The Final Feminist Frontier
Jessica Gros, writing for the New Republic, investigates “why men still don’t do their share of the dirty work.”

Crocheted Skeleton with Organs
In a project called “Bawdy”, Artist Shanell Papp uses textiles to replicate human bodies.

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