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Today’s What We’re Reading features an oral history project on the Boston Marathon bombing, an annual list of the top 200 jobs in 2013, 17 reasons why living in the past is overrated, and more!
History in Current Affairs
“The Ghost of Gun Control” In this animated Op-Doc, a ghost mourns the failed history of gun control in the United States.
What Essays Affected International Relations? A top five list from Daniel W. Drezner at Foreign Policy.
Today’s What We’re Reading features the history of coffee, the etiquette of responding to a blog post with a peer reviewed article, edible masterpieces, and more!
History in the News
Tough Times to Be Lobbying for History on Capitol Hill
David Austin Walsh for HNN reports from OAH 2013, and discusses the efforts by Lee White, the executive director of the National Coalition for History, to advocate for history and historical research on the Hill.
1066 and All That
The Economist covers the recent debates in Great Britain over proposed changes to the national history curriculum, and compares it to similar debates in other countries.
In the April issue of Perspectives on History, we featured an opinion piece by Nicholas Sarantakes, who teaches history at the US Naval War College and has been writing about careers for historians at his blog, In the Service of Clio since 2009. As Sarantakes noted in a recent blog post, he didn’t get to cover everything he wanted to cover in his article, which makes a number of suggestions for how the AHA might address the academic jobs crisis.
Declaring that “access to health care is a basic human right,” the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued a statement calling on colleges and universities to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to calculate the hours of part-time and adjunct faculty in a fair and accurate way. Such calculations would take into account the full responsibilities of these faculty for grading, advising students, and so forth, and not just the hours they spend in the classroom. The AAUP is responding to news accounts of a few institutions that have threatened to cut the course loads of non-tenure track faculty in order to avoid offering them health benefits- a move the AAUP terms “reprehensible.”
Academics have talked about an impending mass retirement of baby boomer professors for decades, but young PhDs continue to wait for full-time, permanent positions to crop up. On Monday night, PBS NewsHour ran a short report on the “dilemmas colleges and universities face as their teaching work force is graying.” The report, part of an ongoing series from PBS about older workers, profiled a series of faculty in academia, some over the traditional retirement age and some not, in an effort to understand the issues colleges face as academics become a “graying workforce.”
In this recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece, Robert J. Sternberg offers some thoughtful advice to job seekers who are facing an upcoming interview. Doing well in a job interview is often a matter of preparation, not luck. All graduate programs should offer their students mock interviews as a way to prepare for professional interviews.
Further on the topic of higher education and the job market for doctoral students, Jordan Weissmann has published an article for the Atlantic illustrating (through a series of seven charts) the job prospects for recently graduated Ph.D.’s in the humanities, science, education, and other programs. Based upon the lack of postdoctoral spots, he finds humanities scholars are “both more likely to have a job upon graduating than any of their peers in the sciences and more likely to be searching for employment.”