Tag Archives: History Profession

What We’re Reading: February 24, 2011 Edition

History education is important to the AHA, and this week we begin this week with two links on the subject. First up, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has put together a commission, which includes a number of prominent historians, to come up with ways to improve excellence in the humanities in the U.S. Then, we link to an article from The Economist, which emphasizes the need to improve history education, despite the push for an increased focus on math and science. Next, check out the redesign of the Library of Congress’ historical newspaper site, meet a new Russian history blog, remember the 1962 space flight through pictures, learn about 69 of Thomas Jefferson’s books that were recently found, and hear about the final victim identifications of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. We also link to Eric Foner’s appearance on the Colbert Report and the news of recently unearthed Lincoln documents. And just for fun, learn about movies shooting in D.C. this summer, and the historical figures they focus on. Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
February 24, 2011

What We’re Reading: September 30, 2010 Edition

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. Finally, check out a push for the National Women's History Museum bill, audio from the African American Political Scientist Oral History Project, a documentary on Daniel Ellsberg, another look at the Kennedy-Nixon debates, tracking down correct historical quotes, and a way to use Twitter to motivate. Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
September 30, 2010