Today’s What We’re Reading features another update on sequestration closings, defending historian as a real job, the new American dream, and more!
History in the News
Debate Rages over State History Textbooks
The Moscow Times: “As part of his effort to promote patriotism among younger generations of Russians, President Vladimir Putin has proposed creating a single set of history textbooks for schoolchildren, arguing that there should be more consistency in what students are taught and that textbooks should be free of internal contradictions and ambiguities.”
Smithsonian Will Close Parts of Hirshhorn, African Art Museum, and Castle Because of Sequestration
The Smithsonian recently announced it will be closing branches of its museum system in response to sequestration.
This month, in Perspectives on History, available now online and in the mail to AHA members:
What happens to research deferred? Kenneth Pomeranz looks into the contents of “Three Old Boxes,” and finds insights into the careers and thinking of historians in the paths not taken.
What’s it like to leave history behind? Nell Painter compares her career as a historian to her new career as an artist.
How transnational are historians? Luke Clossey and Nicholas Guyatt survey the research interests of US, UK, and Canadian historians, and conclude that historians are primarily interested in the places they live.
Today’s What We’re Reading features a growing professional debate amongst historians in Canada, a new web portal that maps forgotten slave graveyards, the human body in yarn form, and much more…
Is this the “year of the MOOC,” as a New York Times reporter put it? Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been one of the most hotly debated technologies in higher education, having attracted supporters with a nearly evangelical fervor and detractors with visions of catastrophe. The South by Southwest education conference (SXSWedu), which just wrapped up, was “A MOOC Love Fest,” according to Information Week, as they quoted one MOOC exec who said, “Absolutely, there’s been too much hype—and what a good idea!
Two of our favorite columns in Perspectives on History are being expertly filled this month by David Lowenthal and Michael Kazin, writing for the Art of Historyand the Masters at the Movies series, respectively. We are also exploring a new column, Thinking Historically, with an essay by Susan Ferber on Hurricane Sandy, and we have two articles in our Teaching section—Jeremy Adelman on the massive open online course (MOOC) he taught at Princeton, and Mart A. Stewart on the history class he took to Vietnam.