What We’re Reading: June 26, 2014

Today’s What We’re Reading features an animated population map of the United States, the 11 most endangered historic places, academics’ fears of social media, the politics of patriotic emojis, and much more!

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Animated Mean Center of Population for the United States: 1790 to 2010

Watch the balance shift from Kent County, Maryland, to Texas County, Missouri, at Census.gov.

Big Berkshire Conference 2014 Report

Heather Munro Prescott gives a full rundown of Berkshire 2014 for Nursing Clio readers.

Baghdad: The Psychological Toll of Being the World’s Most Attacked City

Justin Marozzi writes about the last thousand years of history in Iraq, and how events then mirror events in today’s Iraq.

Czech Winter

Burning Bush, a film set in 1969 Czechoslovakia, is about the political repercussions of protests against Soviet occupation.

Explore America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House and Shockoe Bottom, Virginia, where over 350,000 slaves were sold between 1830 and 1865, join the National Trust’s list of endangered historic places.

Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?

The answer includes some compelling and disturbing history.

Muhammad Iqbal’s Caravan of Verse

A biography of a celebrated poet who studied in the UK and Germany, wrote in Persian, and lived in early 20th-century Lahore, which was then a “multicultural city of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims.”

Humanities Funding 2014

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences just released an updated version of their Humanities Indicators project, including new information on the state of humanities funding for 2014, as represented in the infographic below.

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Digital Talk

I Was a Digital Best Seller!

Author Tony Horwitz offers a cautionary tale based on his experiences in the brave new world of digital publishing.

Status Anxiety: Should Academics Be Using Social Media?

Deborah Lupton writes about a survey she conducted about academics’ use of and reservations about social media.

Fun and Off-Beat

The Best Imaginary Castles

Novelist Joanna Lane lists the top fictitious castles in literary history.

No Trail

A man’s murder remains unsolved, and reporter Dan Morse argues it is largely because he didn’t use the Internet and left no digital footprint.

Emoji Are Designed to Be More Permanent Than Countries

The Atlantic offers an interesting look at the politics and Unicode behind flag emojis.

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