What We’re Reading: July 11, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features a roundup of links in remembrance of historian Edmund Morgan, a “filthy history of New York,” an outsider’s perspective on looking for a history job, and a useful guide to #hashtags.

Remembering Edmund Morgan

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After news of the death of Yale University historian Edmund Morgan, a considerable amount of reflections and tributes has been posted from historians across the web.

Jonathan Wilson for The Junto blog collected a roundup of links related to Morgan, and reactions and tributes to his life and work from historians. The Junto is also planning a week-long roundtable on the legacy of Morgan, which you can find here. Claire Potter at Tenured Radical offers thoughts on Edmund Morgan, both as a historian and as a former undergraduate at Morgan’s academic institution.

History in the News

A Filthy History of New York

Via Longform, an interview—in Collector’s Weekly of all places—with the author of a recent book on the history of the New York sanitation department.

American Revolution: The Game

A review at The Junto of the latest in the Assassins Creed video game series that is set during the American Revolution and peopled with real historical figures.

CSI: Italian Renaissance

The Smithsonian covers the work of Gino Fornaciari, a pathologist who uses forensics to make significant discoveries about the Medicis and other figures.

Names Emerge from Shadows of 1948 Crash

From the Los Angeles Times: “28 Mexican citizens being flown to their homeland perished in a fireball over Central California. Woody Guthrie’s poetry protested their anonymity. Who were they?”

What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows

Via Quora, a New York Times article shows that it’s okay to get a little misty-eyed about the past…

Looking for a Job in Public History: An Outsider’s Perspective

Extensive discussion happening at History@Work after a job-seeker points out that you can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.

8 Things You Didn’t Know Know About Nikola Tesla

Everything you need to know about Nikola Tesla.

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Teaching and Learning

Reviving History Instruction: What’s Old Is New Again

Education Week does a broad roundup of current issues in history education.

Bad and Better Questions

A Chronicle essay on getting better answers by having the students write the questions.

The Humanities: What Went Right?

Alexander Beecroft wants to change the conversation: “If we ask ‘What went right?’ then new perspectives on the situation of the humanities open up, revealing different paths to the future.”

Digital History

Digital Public Library Board of Directors Call

The DPL has posted an agenda for the latest board of directors’ conference call, with an invite to the public.

Choosing #Hashtags

Erin E. Templeton for the Chronicle gives a rundown of hashtags, and best practices. Particularly useful for those who are considering joining the wild terrain of Twitter.

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