To begin this week, check out an article by Stan Katz on faculty productivity, learn about a recent workshop on environmental history, read a review of five new books on the Civil War, and discover a 12th-century murder mystery. Then, listen to an interview with historian Gordon Wood, consider a position as a producer of the Backstory podcast, find inspiration in National History Day, and teach the 4th of July. Finally, check out 4Humanities, Charles Darwin’s digitized library, arctic explorers, new online image galleries from the Freer|Sackler museums, and a new restaurant named after Abraham Lincoln.
Article By: Miriam Cunningham, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Vernon Horn,and Pillarisetti Sudhir
In the news this week, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows for 2011 include three former AHA presidents and a current AHA Council member. Also in the news, George Mason’s Center for History and New Media has been renamed after Roy Rosenzweig. We then link to articles on historians’ thoughts on the federal budget (hearing from Jill Lepore and Richard White), an Australian who studies African American history, a look at what makes a web resource useful to researchers, and history on Twitter. Also, get ready for summer with recommended reading, new books in history, and NPR’s book reviews. Finally, browse images of 90 Years of African American History in D.C., and “atomic gardening” in the 1960s
Article By: Jim Grossman, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
Historical accuracy is a hot topic when judging both historical films and historical fiction. And so it’s not surprising that “How important is historical accuracy to you in writing historical fiction?” was the first question posted to panelists at session 156, “History and Fiction: Creative Intersections,” from the AHA’s 125th Annual Meeting in Boston, which took place earlier this year.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, and a former president of the AHA (for 2000), received the 2011 history Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.
Article By: Pillarisetti Sudhir
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
In the news this week, Senator Ted Kennedy has lost his fight against cancer, local officials will allow Walmart to build next to the Wilderness Battlefield, and a new historic preservation program is available at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Then we link to articles on historians and online identity theft, and best practices dealing with “orphan works.” We’ve collected a variety of book-related links this week, including, a review of Noralee Frankel’s Stripping Gypsy
, Humanities E-book celebrating its 10th anniversary, History Today seeking your book reviews, news of sales of books on military history remaining steady, and the Wells Fargo staff’s history book picks. And finally, for fun, check out the history behind the FBI flags, learn about presidential vacations, and take a peek at decades old back-to-school photos.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
Recently, the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and First Lady Laura Bush announced the eighth annual National Book Festival, to be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 27, 2008. Nearly 70 authors will be on hand to talk to audiences, answer questions, and sign books...
If spring cleaning has you inching your old books and journals ever closer to the trash, stop right there and consider donating them instead. To aid you in this endeavor, here are a few organizations that accept donations of books and periodicals...