Today’s What We’re Reading features a defense of higher education from Gene Block, an experiment with open review from the National Council on Public History blog, a March Madness bracket tailored especially for history buffs, and more….
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Gene Block, chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles, offers an op-ed for the Washington Post defending the many ways higher education “benefits society” and should not only be measured only by its impact on an individuals earning power.
In Today’s What We’re Reading we feature history at the Oscars, podcasts on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and more.
In Today’s What We’re Reading, we feature one historian’s perspective on immigration reform, a growing business management trend inspired by Abraham Lincoln, and a series of podcasts you should be listening to.
AHA Today will be on hiatus this week, with no scheduled posts (unscheduled posts, like breaking news, are always a possibility). In the meantime, here are some posts to help keep you entertained:
Since 2008 we’ve been noting history podcasts online (see these past posts 1, 2, and 3). Today we revisit a few we’ve mentioned in the past and add in some new podcasts we’ve come across. What history podcasts do you listen to? Let us know in the comment section below.
Note: This interview follows Monday’s post on the Africa Past and Present podcast site. The following is an interview with Peter Alegi, the host.
1. How does podcasting affect the production and dissemination of historical knowledge?
Peter Limb and I launched the Africa Past and Present podcast in January 2008 to make African history and African Studies available to a broader public. We thought podcasting could help democratize knowledge and partly address our frustration with the limited impact of African scholarship on mainstream knowledge about Africa.
Podcasts continue to gain popularity in both social and academic realms, becoming a routine part of Internet lingo. Africa Past and Present offers podcasts that center on the history, culture, and politics of Africa and the African Diaspora. The types of podcasts range from personal interviews, to discussions on current events, to hot topics in African history.
Peter Alegi, associate professor in history at Michigan State University (MSU), and Peter Limb, adjunct associate professor in history at MSU and Africana bibliographer, host each program.
Three articles start off What We’re Reading this week. First, the Chronicle examines history of science professor Robert N. Proctor’s fight to keep his unpublished manuscript private. Then, Wired critiques Google’s Usenet Archive, and Google responds. And finally, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at Norman Rockwell’s paintings of the “four essential freedoms.” From the blogosphere, Laura Wimberley at ACRLog looks at budget cuts in higher ed while the GeneologyBlog worries about Indiana’s State Archives. Meanwhile, from the opinion columns, we bring you thoughts on Walmart and the Wilderness Battlefield, as well as one take on Tarentino’s Inglourious Basterds.