What We’re Reading: August 29, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features five endangered civil rights sites, source code as art, a chart of student technology preferences, and much more!

History in the News

Best Interests of the Child—Genocide and the Transfer of Children

The Journal of Human Rights features a special section including work by Keith David Watenpaugh on the transfer of Armenian children, 1915–22; Diane Wolf on hidden Jewish children in postwar Netherlands; Andrea Dooley on transferred Rwandan children; and Michael Lazzara on Argentina’s kidnapped children.

Five Endangered Civil Rights Sites: Commemorating the March on Washington

From the National Trust, a list of historically significant sites that may be lost.

Challenges of Studying, and Teaching, Atlantic World History

At the venerable Common-Place, secondary history faculty member Darcy R. Fryer on the trouble with teaching Atlantic world history.

Art in New Forms

The Smithsonian Just Added a Chunk of Code to Its Permanent Collection

From Gizmodo: “The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt design museum in New York just acquired the source code to an iPad app called Planetary from its now-defunct developer. Code is officially art now.”

Carving Culture: Sculptural Masterpieces Made from Old Books

Brain Pickings gets a little excited about sculptures made out of old books.

Teaching and Learning

Choosing Real-World Impact over Impact Factor

Historian Sam Wineburg in the Chronicle argues that academics are ignoring the needs of “rank and file” teachers in favor of publishing in academic journals, thereby limiting their real-world impact.

Your Brain at Work

Your multitasking is not working, so you might as well just read this and stop trying to answer that e-mail at the same time.

Students to Profs: Less Smartphones, More Playback

The Chronicle put up an interesting chart of student technology preferences in the classroom, with surprising results.

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