Today’s What We’re Reading features the history of playgrounds, a roundtable on the usefulness of unpaid internships, biblioburros (?), a drunk history of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and much more!
History in the News
The Associated Press reports that former governor Mitch Daniels favored conservative education leader Bill Bennett’s review of American history in lieu of Howard Zinn’s readings.
Historian Catherine O’Donnell argues for history as a central source of information about the world, but argues it is neither an “oracle nor referee.”
An Australian collector may have found the oldest globe, dated 1504, to depict the New World.
First in a series of posts about playground history on PreservationNation, featuring the work of graduate students.
Truth and Reconciliation
From NCPH news, Canadian historians petition the government to release relevant records to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that is investigating abuses at government-funded Indian Residential Schools in the 19th and 20th centuries.
From HNN, Stephen Mihm points out that Elon Musk’s “hyperloop” proposal has roots in 19th-century proposals for transportation by pneumatic tube.
From NCPH’s History@Work, an interesting roundtable on the benefits and pitfalls of unpaid internships.
Feminist open online courses look to change the pedagogy of the MOOC platform.
The Chronicle’s annual publication is rich with data on everything from salaries to spending on research libraries to student preferences in coursework to technology.
Librarians Being Cool
A truly surprising list that includes Biblioburros and something called a “book cart drill team” that involves Vikings.
In addition to personalizing book carts, librarians also love recreating popular music videos, as evidenced by this Beastie Boys’ Sabotage video.
Fun and Off-Beat
A short video from a technical director of the film that tells the harrowing story of when technology gets in the way of filmmaking.
From the Onion, renowned historian David McCullough considers “how much cheddar” he could earn writing a biography of Frederick Douglass.
The drunk historians retell the story of Lewis and Clark, with the aid of copious amounts of alcohol.