Today’s What We’re Reading features the latest on the Niall Ferguson controversy, a comparative look at dissertation lengths across disciplines, a vigilante copy editor, and more!
The Niall Ferguson Controversy
Niall Ferguson’s Comments: An Open Letter to the Harvard Community
The Harvard professor apologizes for suggesting that “[John Maynard] Keynes was perhaps indifferent to the long run because he had no children and that he had no children because he was gay.
The Economic Homophobia of Niall Ferguson
Media Matters claims that this is “nothing new” for Ferguson.
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.
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…