What We’re Reading: May 21, 2015

This week’s What We’re Reading includes exhibitions, exciting history websites and digital projects, historical fiction, and more. 

History in the News

Ingeborg Rapoport to Become Oldest Recipient of Doctorate After Nazi Injustice is Righted
An 102-year woman denied a doctorate in Germany in 1938 because of Jewish ancestry will receive her degree next month.

Investigating the Legacy of Colonialism
On how a Barnard professor, Kaiama L. Glover, interprets the Charlie Hebdo events and communicates about history to the public.

Iranian expat Shirin Neshat looks back at her country’s history at Hirshhorn
The Hirshhorn opened its most recent exhibit this week, “Shirin Neshat: Facing History.” Neshat’s work offers her own perspective on Iranian culture, religion, and history, particular as it pertains to the role of Iranian women and how they have been perceived by the West.

Books We’re Reading

Queen of Flowers and Pearls, by Gabriella Ghermandi
Shatha Almutawa is reading this historical novel, published this past February, about Italy’s occupation of Ethiopia. She will discuss it in greater detail in her article on historical fiction in the upcoming summer issue of Perspectives on History.

War Against Slavery, by Robert E. McGlone
Jane Green is reading John Brown’s War Against Slavery by Robert E. McGlone. She bought it after a visit to Harper’s Ferry, WV. Seeing the site of John Brown’s raid greatly enhanced her understanding of the event and it inspired her to learn more about John Brown’s life and death. Who’s going to make a movie about this guy?

Digital Explorations

Mapping Occupation
This new digital project by Gregory P. Downs and Scott Nesbit tracks the locations of the U.S. Army and its geographical range of influence in the South during Reconstruction.

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Gregory P. Downs and Scott Nesbit, Mapping Occupation.

One-Way Ticket
“One-Way Ticket,” the Museum of Modern Art’s extraordinary exhibition of Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series,” has an excellent website, as well.  Two striking new features are “Visualizing the Great Migration” and “Harlem Walking Tour.” The site also includes video interviews, photographs, and audio recordings.

Featured image: Una librería de viejo, en México D.F. Enterrado en libros, un hombre leyendo, Eneas de Troya, CC BY 2.0.

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