The Organization for American Historians invites submissions for the Mary Jurich Nickliss Award.
Today’s What We’re Reading features a modern history of swearing, a course in online civility, one blogger’s thoughts on eliminating the survey course, summer reading options, and much more.
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The Modern History of Swearing: Where All the Dirtiest Words Come From
Salon excerpts some of the interesting etymologies of some of our most colorful nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
The GHI has released information on its annual spring lecture series, on the topic of public debt—a timely topic, in light of austerity and debates over US federal government debt.
Starting next year, the eligibility dates for AHA book prizes will be aligned with the calendar year listed on the book’s copyright page.
Currently, eligibility for each award runs from May 1 to April 30. For example, under existing rules, books published from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, were eligible for prizes to be awarded at the January 2013 meeting. Members of book prize committees and some publishers report, however, that these dates are a significant source of confusion.
Often, summer is a time to slow down and catch up on reading you don’t have time for the rest of the year.
Recently, we posed the question, “What history books are you reading?” to the AHA’s LinkedIn group, and received a number of very interesting responses. For example, group member Stuart Hatfield explained that he picks themes for his reading each month, and decided that for April he’ll focus on the Seven Years War. He’s currently reading Francis Jennings’ Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies & Tribes in the Seven Years War in America, Franz A.J.
Congratulations to AHA members Thomas C. Holt, Louis Hyman, Samuel Moyn, Pauline Maier, and Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, whose books have been included in Choice’s selection of the top 25 “Outstanding Academic Titles, 2011.” Choice will release a longer list of outstanding titles in January 2012, but this list of 25 academic books represents the Choice editors’ favorites. Also check out Choice’s picks for the top 10 websites of 2011.
Read on for the publishers’ descriptions of these five AHA members’ books.
Attention all students of American history, be you undergrad, grad, teacher, professor, emeriti, or history buff. Your summer reading will not be complete until you pick up and read a copy of American History Now.
Published by Temple University Press for the American Historical Association, American History Now is a thought-provoking follow up to The New American History, originally published in 1990 (with a revised edition in 1997). Like its predecessor, American History Now thoroughly examines the current states of American historiography, editing out certain areas or specializations that have lost favor since 1990 (such as social history) and emphasizing new ones at the forefront of current research (such as borderlands and religious history).
This week we start off with a look at the new Alt-Academy careers website, Android apps for academics, and an oral history tool. Then, from the news, an attempted historical document theft, possible cuts in the Census budget, and a rethinking of Robert F. Kennedy’s papers in the JFK Library. We also link to articles on the role of community colleges in humanities teaching, further thoughts on Google’s failed newspaper digitization project, and the movement (or lack thereof) of senior faculty.
In honor of the 4th of July, we’ve embedded below the National Archives’ video on preserving the Declaration of Independence. Also this week, check out links to Star Wars and History, the history of the future of food, a profile of Smithsonian employee Richard Rathbun, WWII conscientious objectors, and two historical mapping sites.