To begin this week the National Coalition for History has news of recent appointments at the National Council on the Humanities and the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center. Then, we send you to two places on Haiti: Blue Shield’s call for saving Haiti’s cultural heritage and a New York Times
op-ed on Haiti’s history. We also report two deaths this week, historians Howard Zinn and Louis R. Harlan. Read two interviews as well, one from AHA President-elect Tony Grafton and the other from an associate professor at Elon University. Finally, we look to topics on History Day, sharing faculty positions, Business’s need for the Liberal Arts, the ethics of oral history, and the Harry Houdini Collection.
Article By: Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita Jones, and Robert B. Townsend
Louis R. Harlan, historian, former AHA president, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, passed away this past Friday, January 22, 2010 after a long illness. He was 87. Below we reprint the biography marking his presidential address from the 1989 AHA Annual Meeting. Look to a future issue of Perspectives on History for an expanded remembrance.
The Google Books discussion (the pros and cons, the settlement) rages on, and this week we bring you two new articles on the matter. Then, the recent death of Senator Ted Kennedy has brought a lot of media attention, and a renewed look at the history of the Kennedy family. And finally, we link to the relaunch of the BBC History Magazine, a new take on Martha Ballard’s diary, 20 interesting maps, an archives on the web contest, and finally a president tracker.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
We regret to announce the passing of Kenneth Milton Stampp on Friday, July 10, 2009. Stampp died of a heart ailment in Oakland, California. He was 96.
Article By: David Darlington
Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University and a consultant to numerous government agencies, passed away on June 1, 2009, following complications from cancer surgery. He was a 50 year member of the AHA.
Article By: David Darlington
After protest, investigation, and a report, the State Department’s Office of the Historian has a new chief. See a collection of articles on the current situation and how it all began. Then, read about the NHPRC recommending $5.9 million in grants for documentary editing and archives, the dismissal of the case against Zotero, the death of Ernest May, and the history of crayon packaging.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Vernon Horn
The eminent historian of Africa and AHA president, Philip D. Curtin, died yesterday (June 4, 2009) at the age of 87.
In the news this week, Lincoln historian and lifetime member of the AHA David Herbert Donald passed away at the age of 88. In other news, the Second Latin American Economic History Congress will be held in 2010 in Mexico City. On the topic of education, we link to articles on a new book from the University of Chicago (Becoming Historians
), a different take on how to rank colleges, and arguments for the importance of the humanities. Then, read about the digitization of historical treasures, historic vessels in San Francisco, mapping sounds, and fifty years of style. Then, just for fun, peruse antique typewriters, see a snapshot of 2009, and if you’ve been rejected recently, find out what good company you keep.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Miriam Hauss, Arnita A. Jones, and Jessica Pritchard