Tag Archives: Articles

What We’re Reading

Today we’re starting a new weekly feature on AHA Today that will highlight articles and blog posts that may be of interest to historians. Check out the articles below and find out what we’re reading.
September 20, 2007

Pells Bells: The End of Cultural History?

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Richard Pells (a historian at the University of Texas at Austin) charges, “The vast majority of American historians no longer regard American culture—whether high culture or mainstream popular culture—as an essential area of study.” It’s an interesting article, and the Chronicle reports that it is among the most e-mailed for the week, but I think it should be read with considerable caution...

A Clear and Presentist Danger

Harvard University professor of psychology Daniel Gilbert recently published Stumbling on Happiness, an informative look at how the human brain works, or, more specifically, how well (or rather, poorly) the brain predicts which future occurrences will make us happy. Gilbert argues that one of the reasons our mind has a difficult time predicting what will make us happy in the future is that old historians' foe: presentism.

Article of Interest: “Baghdad Day to Day: Librarian’s Journal”

Today’s New York Times Arts section featured an article about Saad Eskander, a librarian and archivist in Iraq. His fascinating online diary entries, hosted by the British Library, “detail the daily hurdles of keeping Iraq’s central library open, preserving the surviving archives and books and, oh yes, staying alive.” Read the whole article, “Baghdad Day to Day: Librarian’s Journal,” on the New York Times web site.