This week we announced the Survey of Contingent Faculty Members, and in today’s “What We’re Reading,” we link to Inside Higher Ed’s look at it. Also in the news is the National Research Council’s assessment of Research Doctoral Programs. Check out a number of links that consider this data. Then, read on to a Wall Street Journal article on the impact a school’s reputation on one’s future career. We also link to news on an upcoming Civil War Symposium and a new campaign to rename George Mason’s Center for History and New Media after Roy Rosenzweig.
In the news this week, the Oxford English Dictionary says goodbye to print, NARA releases a new report on Web 2.0 tools, and the New York Times publishes an obituary for David Weber. Also read about a Constitution Day panel discussion and the Smithsonian’s newly acquired Muppets. Then, turn to a series of articles on scholarly publishing. Dan Cohen, Clare Potter, and David Crotty weigh in, and we also link back to Robert B. Townsend’s article on the topic from earlier this summer. Finally, learn about historians’ roles in California’s Prop 8 ban on gay marriage and Lawrence v.
The first recipient of the Roy Rosenzweig Fellowship for Innovation in Digital History will be announced at the annual meeting in January, but the endowment for the award still needs your support.
The award was developed by friends and colleagues of Roy Rosenzweig to honor his life and work as a pioneer in the field of digital history. But in order to assure this award remains on a firm financial footing into the future, we need your assistance.
In honor of the annual meeting, still a few months away, we start this What We’re Reading off with a look at Google’s new transit map project and an article from the New York Times on how New Yorkers can still help tourists find their way. Then, learn what it takes to start a museum, check out the history of African Americans in Congress, discover how the Internet turns historical errors into facts, read about conservatives funding history programs, plan a trip to Union Station to celebrate its centennial, and hear about a new lawsuit against Zotero.
This week’s post contains links to articles, interactive web features, and news from a museum and a historic home. Read about political scientists’ claims that those in the social sciences get more grants, and consider Lisa Spiro’s question of Wikipedia’s academic merits. On the digital history front, “Making the History of 1989” has officially launched; an interactive map shows Washington, D.C. in 1791; and a podcast chronicles the history of baseball. Finally, the Library of Congress embraces the Book of Secrets and James Madison’s home improvement is complete.
George Mason’s Center for History and New Media seeks those interested in joining the center in applying to the National Endowment for the Humanities for one of NEH’s Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers. NEH Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers (FDHC) support collaboration between digital centers and individual scholars. CHNM will select a scholar to collaborate with by July 31, 2008. The selected scholar will be notified soon thereafter, and CHNM will work with that scholar to submit a grant application to NEH by September 15, 2008.
As we noted in January, George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media has been working on an online Gulag history project in conjunction with scholars in Russia. That site, Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, went live in June.
Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives looks at the lives of people who went through the system of Soviet labor camps in the years 1917-1988. It presents gulag history “through a browseable archive of video, art, artifacts, photographs, and the life stories of former Gulag prisoners” (About the project).
The National History Education Clearinghouse (NHEC) is a project designed to create a “central online location for accessing high-quality resources in K-12 U.S. history education.” This endeavor is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, led by George Mason’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM) and the Stanford University History Education Group, and partnered with the American Historical Association and National History Center. At the 2009 Annual Meeting the AHA Teaching Division is holding sessions and a workshop for teachers in conjunction with the NHEC.