This past week we’ve taken a look at articles and resources related to Barack Obama’s historic presidential win; see the Newseum’s newspaper archive, a collection of election maps, and a look back at religion and campaigning. Then, read about librarians’ efforts to build a better search engine, PhDinHistory’s take on a number of recent professional issues, a summer institute from the NHC, lost photos from Hiroshima, financial teaching materials, and the latest Omeka release.
A number of news items start us off in this edition of What We’re Reading. First up, the National History Center and the Teagle Foundation have released a new report on “The Role of the History Major in Liberal Education.” Then the Office for Human Research Protections appoints a new head, the Park Service opens the Tuskegee Airman National Historic Site, and OHA launches a new web site. We also link to articles on “How Muslims Made Europe,” a profile of an assistant professor, wikipedia and “truth,” and a new mapping project.
Crossposted at the National History Center’s web site
In a report issued this week, a working group of the National History Center urges history departments to reassess their curriculum for history majors, with an eye towards emphasizing the goals and values of liberal education. A history major, the report argues, should “nurture [students’] liberal and civic capacities, in part by integrating disciplinary knowledge, methods, and principles into the broad experience of undergraduate education.”
The National History Center submitted its white paper on “The Role of the History Major in Liberal Education” to the Teagle Foundation, which generously supported this project.
As a part of the National History Center’s third International Seminar on Decolonization in the 20th Century, Dane Kennedy, the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, gave a lecture entitled "Decolonization and Disorder" at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress on July 9, 2008. The lecture is now available online through a video at the National History Center Site and web cast on the Library of Congress’s site.
Kennedy examined the waves of European decolonization that began with the “New World” colonies in the late 18th/early 19th century, spread to the “Old World” in the early 20th century, and culminated in the “Third World” in the mid- to late-20th century.
Digital history is a hot topic in the profession right now, and a reoccurring character on AHA Today, so we start off this week’s “What We’re Reading” with two posts by Mills Kelly on “Making Digital Scholarship Count.” Keeping with the digital theme, we link to a post about the “unofficial wiki” for the Society of American Archivists’ 2008 annual meeting. Then, learn about the NCH’s support of the “Electronic Message Preservation Act,” hear advice on attending international conferences, look back at presidential campaign commercials, and read about a professor’s preservation award.
The National History Center recently spruced up its web site with a sleeker, more streamlined look. A simpler navigation structure now leads visitors easily to information on the center’s programs, staff, founders and contributors, and more. Keep up to date on NHC news and events by signing up for their new RSS feed or e-mail (find links for these on the homepage). Use the added search function to find what you’re looking for, and experience past events through the podcasts of lectures posted on the site.
In this week’s “What We’re Reading” you’ll find news from Capitol Hill, including the new “National Veterans History Project Week,” and the National Coalition for History’s coverage of bills, NARA, and more. Also in this issue, historian Patty Limerick looks at the resurgence of Westerns at the movie theater; former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham starts a new history magazine; and author Christine L. Borgman talks about her book Scholarship in the Digital Age.
The National History Center (NHC) “promotes research, teaching, and learning in all fields of history” by many means, including: seminars, conferences, Congressional events, and more. Now anyone can experience these events through video presentations available on their web site.
In the Congressional Events section of the NHC site you’ll find video of James Rodger Fleming, professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College, presenting “A Historical Perspective on Climate Change.” Also available is video of Christine Kim, assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, giving a talk on a “Brief History of U.S.