“It is distressingly true that our young people are all too ignorant of American history when they leave high school or even college.” Not a surprising comment for our current times, except it's not from our current times. It's from 1944...
“Stop fidgeting” is just one piece of advice in Linda Kerber’s recent Chronicle
Careers article, our first link in this week’s edition of “What We’re Reading.” The article is about giving better conference presentations. We also link to Scott McLemee of Inside Higher Ed
, who is perplexed by a recent Harvard University Press publication. And speaking of print, Eric Alterman of the New Yorker
writes an obit for American newspapers. At the Association of College and Research Libraries blog, Brett Bonfield looks for histories of the library community’s past, and is disappointed by what he finds. Meanwhile, the Library of Congress looks to the future and its upcoming unveiling of the “Library of Congress Experience.” Other articles cover the release of Hillary Clinton’s First Lady schedules, student to professor e-mails, efforts of the Internet Archive, and the remembrance of Joseph M. Levine.
The National Archives has produced a series of “American Conversations with the Archivist of the United States,” and has more planned for the future. In these “conversations,” Archivist Allen Weinstein sits down historians, scholars, politicians, First Ladies, and others who have “shaped the dialogue about the interpretation and use of American heritage.”
To begin this week we point to a number of articles that feature historians talking about the history profession and historians themselves. Then, sit in on a class led by James Sheehan when you watch the podcast of “History of the International System.” This past weekend the Smithsonian announced their new secretary is Georgia Tech’s current president; we link to three sites’ coverage on the news. Also, hear from Stan Katz on liberal education and the history major, read a critique of the new John Adams series on HBO, and check out a webcast of oral histories. And finally, checkout what we’re reading offline, with History News
from the AASLH.
At the General Meeting of the 122nd Annual Meeting this past January, Barbara Weinstein gave her presidential address: “Developing Inequality.” The full text of the address is now available in the February 2008 issue of the American Historical Review, recently made available online (AHA members should login for complete access to articles and book reviews).
Following the award presentation at last night’s General Meeting (see previous blog post), Barbara Weinstein gave her presidential address, titled “Developing Inequality.” Here is an excerpt from that address:
Barbara Weinstein, president of the American Historical Association, kicked off last night’s “Opening of the 122 nd Annual Meeting” by presenting Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with the fifth Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award. The Plenary session, “Searching for the Sounds of the Nation: Music, Race, and National Identities in the United States and Brazil,” followed the presentation of the award and explored the topics of race and identity through the lens of music.
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 11, AHA President Barbara Weinstein will present a talk on "Academic Freedom in the Age of Homeland Security," at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s sixth annual Carrol L. Pauley Lecture.