Read articles on analyzing text in historical documents, watch videos on digital innovations in the humanities from the 2012 WebWise conference, meet the winners of the 2012 Lukas Prize, and more in this week’s “What We’re Reading.”
- Avalanches of Words, Sifted and Sorted
Using computers to analyze keywords in digitized text has “enormous implications” for historians searching for big changes, patterns, and relationships within an archive, according to former AHA President Anthony Grafton, who tells the New York Times, “You can’t do this by using older, conventional means of reading books and taking notes.” Still, he notes, only humans can do the work of interpretation and careful reading.
We begin this week’s “What We’re Reading” with articles on the Eisenhower memorial’s controversial design, John McNeill’s push to save WWII stories, the 2012 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows, and a renewed search for Amelia Earhart. Read on to learn about restoring a collection at Howard University, a study on the history and the National Park Service, teaching without textbooks, and more.
In the news this week, $47 million in historic preservation grants are being awarded to states, the New York Times publishes an obit for Peter Novick, and the Cliopatria blog announces it’s shutting down. Also learn about the new e-book versions of the Foreign Relations of the United States, Google’s decreasing efforts to scan books, a new TED-Ed YouTube channel, an argument for the humanities, and more.
In the news this week, a new education bill has been introduced in Mississippi concerning partisanship in the classroom, noted historian Peter Novick has passed away, and the archivist of the United States has appointed a new director of presidential libraries. Then, find links to articles on Dan Cohen and the Center for History and New Media, e-books and distraction, teaching students to “do history,” and comprehensive exams. Finally, read about how the Miller Center at UVA is putting the presidential campaign in historical context, find lesson plans for Women’s History month, and, just for fun, check out the history of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster.
Did you know that just “3 percent of America’s historic landmarks document the history of women, African-Americans and Native Americans”? Learn more and hear about an effort to make U.S. monuments more inclusive in the first article of this week’s “What We’re Reading.” Then, meet past-AHA president and financial journalist Charles Francis Adams Jr., learn about historians’ thoughts on movies and history movies that have won Oscars, and read up on some award winners in the history profession.
In the news this week, President Obama helped break ground for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of American space flight, and three finalists have been announced for the George Washington Book Prize. We also link to articles about a “hacker historian,” the upcoming 1940s Census web site, a look back at silent films, and more.
In the news, Inside Higher Ed covers the AHA’s new “Tuning” history project, and Gettysburg College reports on the co-winners of the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Also find links to tracking history PhDs, careers for historians outside of academia, and how historians are using social media. Finally, read about a student’s discovery of a forgotten Malcolm X speech and a video on George Washington’s frustration with portrait painters.
- “Tuning” History
Inside Higher Ed explores the AHA’s new “Tuning” history project, supported by a grant from Lumina Foundation, to articulate the core of historical study and to identify what a student should know and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program.
We begin this week with the news that Wendell E. Berry will deliver the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Then, find articles on IRBs, AHA President-elect Kenneth Pomeranz, the National Archives exhibition of the Magna Carta, and restored Edison recordings. Finally, find teaching resources to prepare for Presidents’ Day and learn more about the history of Washington, D.C.
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