What We’re Reading: December 5, 2013

Today’s What We’re Reading features remembrances of Pauline Maier, the discourse of labor in the digital humanities, CC0 licensing, shadow sculptures, and much more!

History in the News

Roundtable: The Legacy of Pauline Maier

The Junto blog is sponsoring a roundtable of remembrances of Pauline Maier.

The Best Job in the Armycommissary

Carole Emberton for the New York Times‘s Disunion blog discusses the experience of her great-great-grandfather, Edward Willis, a Union private from Kentucky who drove a commissary wagon during the Civil War.

Bill Gates’ High School Class ‘Big History Project’ Being Tested at Northville High School

Education experts are experimenting with a new course for high schoolers called the Big History Project that wraps a number of academic subjects, particularly science, around history—while using technology to keep the course free.

Professional Matters

The Jobs We Want?

Miriam Posner, for Inside Higher Ed, discusses the discourse of labor that has emerged with the digital humanities, including the term “alt-ac.”

A Quick Guide to Using Twitter at the MLA Convention

Although devised for the MLA conference, this post offers some universally applicable guidance for Twitter at professional conferences.

Public History and Culture

CC0 (+BY)

Dan Cohen, executive director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), offers an interesting piece on CC0 licenses in relation to the DPLA mission.

Is It Worth It to Take the Baby to a Museum?

Spoiler alert: museum officials give an emphatic yes.

12-daysFun and Off-Beat

Professor Sees Parallels Between Things, Other Things

“It’s not just similarities that are important, though—the differences between things are also worth exploring at length.”

At $114, 651, the 12 Days of Christmas Are an Extremely Impractical Gift

The “12 Days of Christmas” gets an audit, and the costs are unreasonably high.

Amazing Shadow Sculptures

Artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster create projected shadows of humans using piles of trash, broken tools, scrap metal, and discarded wood.

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