What We’re Reading: November 14, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, the latest news on the Ike Memorial saga, the six best conference questions, cosplayers out of context, and much more!

JFK-DallasThe 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination

In Dallas, Events Mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination

Historian David McCullough will read excerpts from some of Kennedy’s speeches, while the Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform.

Dueling Tales from Esquire and Washingtonian on the Air Force One Flight from Dallas

Both magazines offer differing, but captivating, accounts on about the chaotic moments on Air Force One after the Kennedy assassination.

First Person: JFK and the Unknowable

The Washingtonian also provides a glimpse at the challenges and opportunities the assassination posed to the information age.

History in the News

War-Letter Collector Andrew Carroll Donating His Trove for Preservation and Study

A crowd-sourced archive of letters written during wartime, largely to and from soldiers, will find a permanent home at Chapman University in California.

Public Culture and History

CR Sets High Bar for Eisenhower Memorial Construction

The latest news in the ongoing saga of the Ike memorial. Get the background from Jennifer Reut’s article in this month’s Perspectives on History.

How Grad Students Can Get Past ‘The Nasty Stuff People Do”

The Conferencegoer covers an interesting discussion that took place at the Compact for Faculty Diversity’s annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring conference.

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    Perhaps this is not the appropriate place for this comment, and you can correct me if I have intruded as the unwelcomed guest, but any posting that mentions the JFK assassination should also include a tip of the hat to Professor Sabato’s superb new book (which I have recently read and reviewed for BookLoons), The Kennedy Half-Century.

    May I also unabashedly note that my review of Thomas Fleming’s book, A Disease of the Public Mind, appeared in the 9/30/13 issue of America magazine and is available online at the magazine’s site. I invite your feedback.