What We’re Reading: December 3, 2009 Edition
To start off this week, check out the pamphlet image from the AHA’s G.I. Roundtable series that is featured in the CUNY 2010 calendar. Then, read some big news from the National History Center: they recently received a huge contribution from the Mellon Foundation. EDSITEment has a number newsworthy items: an upcoming web site redesign, new lesson plans, and feature for December that includes a podcast from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mark your calendars for a free concert December 18th, showcasing the Library of Congress’s Stradivarius instruments. Finally, read about GWU’s experiments with digitization, an examination of the 1976 Swine Flu, excerpts from the “Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception,” and an article on the photographs that inspired Norman Rockwell.
- Investing in Futures
An image from the AHA’s G.I. Roundtable series pamphlet “Shall I Go Back to School” has been included in 2010 City University of New York’s (CUNY) calendar, web site, and curriculum project. See all of the photos in the calendar on the La Guardia and Wagner Archives Flickr page.
- Center Receives $1.457 Million from Mellon For Continued Decolonization Seminar
The National History Center has received $1.457 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its international summer seminars focusing on decolonization in the 20th century.
- EDSITEment’s New Look for 2010!
EDSITEment’s home page features a sneak preview of their redesigned web site, which will launch in January. Also view a new lesson plan (Boycotting Baubles of Britain), the December feature (Emanuel Leutze’s Symbolic Scene of Washington Crossing the Delaware), and a four-lesson curriculum unit (The Road to Pearl Harbor: The United States and East Asia, 1915-41).
- The Violins Come Out to (be) Play(ed)
In honor of Antonio Stradivari, the Library of Congress will be holding a free concert on December 18th where members of the Parker Quartet will play Stradivarius instruments made in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- George Washington U. Experiments with Robotic Book Digitization
The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog takes a look at George Washington University’s attempts at an automated book digitization system.
- A Lesson from the 1976 Swine Flu
Scientists compare and contrast today’s vaccine used to combat the swine flu with that issued during the 1976 swine flu outbreak, the latter of which paralyzed a number of infected victims.
- Tinker, tailor, soldier… illusionist?
The Boston Globe takes a look at the declassified “Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception” from the 1950s and puts together a slideshow of some of the tricks of the trade.
- Norman Rockwell’s Photographic Eye
Get a behind the scenes look at the photographers whose photographs Norman Rockwell transformed into legendary works of art.
Contributors: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert Townsend
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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