What We’re Reading: December 22, 2011
This week we link to articles on history graduate school education, cuts from Congress for history programs, Lynn Hunt’s suggestions for 5 books on the French Revolution you should read, chef José Andrés’ appointment to the Board of Directors of the National Archives, and a new website on Virginians in the Civil War.
- History and the Politics of Scholarly Collaboration, Part I: Or, Why Anthony Grafton Is a Rock Star
Claire Potter, Tenured Radical on the Chronicle’s blog network, dissects AHA President Anthony Grafton and AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman’s recent Perspectives on History articles on history graduate education and the job market, and finds common ground.
- House and Senate Pass Fiscal Year ’12 Funding Bill
At the beginning of this week, Lee White, executive director of the National Coalition for History, reported on the spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2012. He noted, “the Teaching American History Grants program at the U.S. Department of Education has been terminated, while the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) was saved from virtual elimination.”
- Lynn Hunt on the French Revolution
Former AHA President Lynn Hunt discusses why the French Revolution is “ultimately mystifying,” and suggests five books to understand it better. Read more five books interviews online.
- Chef José Andrés Joins Board of Directors of the National Archives
José Andrés, chef/owner of Washington D.C. restaurants Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and others, has joined the National Archives’ Board of Directors. Andrés has been very involved with the recent National Archives exhibition and event series What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? Zina Kramer, founder and president of Events Marketing, has also joined the board.
- Virginians in the Civil War
The Virginia Tourism Corporation’s new website, Walk in Their Footsteps, is an interactive and artfully designed site that links individual’s stories with Civil War sites in Virginia.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, and Robert B. Townsend
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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