What We’re Reading: January 19, 2012
Since Martin Luther King Jr. Day began this week, we start this post with related articles, lesson plans, and videos. Then, in recent news, the National Archives has awarded $2.5 million in grants for historical records projects, JSTOR announces its soon-to-launch “Register & Read” program, and Dwight Eisenhower’s granddaughters have issues with his memorial design. Finally, thoughts on experiencing a conference through social media, tips for a non-academic job search, ideas for reforming graduate education, and two links just for fun.
Martin Luther King Jr.
- King memorial offers permanent place to quietly reflect on leader
The Washington Post talks to visitors at the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial as they honored his life and work this past Monday.
- I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
EDSITEment offers activities, lesson plans, and links to websites to help teach students about Martin Luther King Jr.
- 1963 March on Washington
The National Archives’ video on the photographs of the 1963 March on Washington, at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream”speech, identifies a figure in an iconic American photograph.
- National Archives Awards $2.5 Million In Grants For Historical Records Projects
Earlier this month, National Archives announced that it has awarded 40 grants totaling $2.5 million for historical records projects in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
- JSTOR Tests Free, Read-Only Access to Some Articles
JSTOR’s soon-to-be-available “Register & Read” program will allow non-paying users to access some journal articles, but there are a number of limitations.
- Eisenhower’s granddaughters critical of Gehry’s memorial design
The Washington Post reports on a difficult situation: former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s granddaughters are grateful for a memorial for their grandfather, but have sustainability, logistical, and aesthetic issues with the design.
AHA Annual Meeting
- Nearly There—Experiencing a Conference Online
Yvonne Perkins recounts her experience of following the AHA’s 126th annual meeting through Twitter this year, explaining that it helped her stay engaged, but that it’s second best to attending in person. Find more perspectives on this year’s meeting in our recent roundup of 126th annual meeting coverage (blog posts and articles).
Insights on Higher Education and Jobs
- Four Tips for a Non-Teaching Academic Job Search
Brian Croxall at the Chronicle’s Profhacker blog offers four pieces of advice for those seeking a job outside of academia.
- It Starts on Day One
Bethany Nowviskie, the director of digital research & scholarship at the University of Virginia Library and associate director of the Scholarly Communication Institute, offers “a modest proposal for reforming higher education in the humanities and creating a generation of knowledge workers prepared not only to teach, research, and communicate in 21st-century modes, but to govern 21st-century institutions.” Her article was republished on the Chronicle’s Profhacker blog.
- xkcd Web Comic
You know what they say about those who fail to learn from history…
- Possibly the Greatest Flickr Group Ever
Larry Cebula at Northwest History finds a fascinating collection of images of bomber jackets from WWII in a Flickr group online.
Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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