Today’s What We’re Reading features IBM’s 1937 corporate songbook, Great Depression photography, resources for teaching the Ebola crisis, and much more!
By Nike Nivar, Allen Mikaelian, Robert B. Townsend, and Pillarisetti Sudhir
Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes a video interview of AHA president William Cronon on C-SPAN, Jay Martin discussing “Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” why museums need to be “yarnbombed,” and more.
In the News
- Professor William Cronon Explains Environmental History at OAH in Milwaukee
The AHA’s president discusses his specialty with C-SPAN in this short video.
- College Dropouts Have Debt but No Degree
The Washington Post contributes to the ongoing conversation about student loan debt by reminding us that nearly 30 percent of borrowers dropped out of their schools.
- Facing Facts: Taking Stock of the Completion Agenda’s Benefits, and Limits
Inside Higher Ed reports on the “completion agenda” aimed at higher education, and its critics.
Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes Jill Lepore’s commentary on breastfeeding in America, a new addition to Teachinghistory.org, a new short documentary film about Ken Burns, and more.
- Georgia State E-reserves Case Roundup
If you use electronic course packs of readings for your classes, you should familiarize yourself with the recent ruling in a case involving Georgia State University and a number of large book publishers. While the university won on most points, the actual effect on future use of course packs still remains a bit murky.
Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes H-Net’s updated platform, digital projects in the humanities, historic photos from the New York City Department of Municipal Records, and more.
- H-Net 2.0
H-Net, an online discussion space for historians, is moving over to a new platform, which offers a sleeker design and more functionality.
- NEH Accepting Nominations for 2013 Jefferson Lecturer
The National Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting nominations of an outstanding scholar for next year’s Jefferson Lecturer.
Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes reports on the 2012 Jefferson Lecture, HNN coverage of the OAH/NCPH annual meeting, a look at never constructed buildings in Washington, D.C., the connection between history and law, 101 nonfiction stories, and more.
- 2012 Jefferson Lecture: Wendell Berry Laments a Disconnection From Community & Land
In the 2012 Jefferson Lecture, which took place this past Monday, Wendell Berry “delivered a characteristically eloquent yet scathing critique of the industrial economy and its toll on humanity.” Also check out Inside Higher Ed’s report.
Today’s roundup of interesting articles and resources found around the web includes the transfer of the space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian, the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows, records from the Titanic now online, and much more.
- Space shuttle Discovery makes final flight over Washington D.C.
Staff at AHA headquarters, as well as thousands of others on the National Mall, were treated this past Tuesday to the sight of space shuttle Discovery being flown to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.
This week’s roundup of interesting articles and resources found around the web includes videos on “Essential Questions in American History,” articles on using Twitter for professional development, resources for the 150th anniversary of the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act, and more.
- Essential Questions in American History
Gilder Lehrman has a redesigned website and a series of short videos on “Essential Questions in American History,” including Christopher Brown on slavery, Edward L. Ayers on the Civil War, Pauline Maier on the American Revolution, and many others.
- Using Twitter to Talk about Teaching
Use Twitter to build a “personal learning network” that will expose you to new research and ideas in your field, suggests James M.
This week we link to articles on the 1940 Census release, a new Civil War casualty number, the future of the AHA and other professional societies, and more.
- 1940 census searchers overload US website
Earlier this week we reported on the online release of digitized 1940 Census data, 72 years after it was collected. The National Archives reports the site received over 37 million hits in the first seven hours, temporarily crashing the website. See also the 1940 Census page on the census website, which offers data visualization, census videos, notable events in the 1940s, and even the top songs of 1940.