What We’re Reading: January 30, 2014

Today’s What We’re Reading features an update on the Belfast Project, a live-tweeting guide for the classroom, Earl Lewis defends investment in the humanities, horrifying vintage recipes, and much more!

History in the News

The Belfast Project’s Lessons for Oral History: Talk Live with the Experts

A follow-up on the Belfast story with oral historians discussing their methods and video from the event.

Wendy-DavisGender, Marriage, Labor, and the “American Dream”

Historiann takes a look at the recent Wendy Davis fracas and gives a historical take on the American Dream, and the men (and women) who have defied the expected path.

Bad News: The Reputation of Roger Ailes

Historian Jill Lepore on Roger Ailes, William Randolph Hearst, and their biographers.

History in the Classroom

Livetweeting Classes: Some Suggested Guidelines

Adeline Koh for ProfHacker offers some helpful tips for any faculty looking to integrate Twitter into the classroom.

Space Invaders: Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces after a Period

The age old debate is given new life by Slate columnist Farhad Majoo.

Defending the Humanities

The Other Public Humanities

An impassioned plea for humanities in public colleges and universities.

Funding the Humanities: What Story Do We Want to Tell?

Earl Lewis: “To grow investment for the humanities, we must start with a clear sense of narrative backed up by solid data.”

Fun and Off-Beat

Photographs of the Old Penn Station

The New York Times gives us a glimpse of the long past New York Penn Station.

We Tried Out These Upsetting Vintage Recipes and It Was Just as Horrifying as You’d Expect

Ham + banana= NOPE

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