What We’re Reading: May 3, 2012
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. Previous lecturers include Drew Gilpin Faust, Jonathan Spence, and a number of other notable speakers. This lectureship is a distinguished honor and carries an honorarium of $10,000. In other NEH news, the NEH website has undergone a redesign.
- Rome Prize Winners 2012–13
Congratulations to Joshua Colin Birk and Dominique Kirchner Reill, AHA members who are among the winners of the 2012–13 Rome Prize.
The Humanities, Digitized
Harvard Magazine explores a number of humanities digitization projects and considers the “impact of communication revolutions.” One of the scholars featured in the article, historian Jo Guldi, discusses the importance of involving historians in analyzing data.
- MLA Urges Evaluators to “Give Full Regard” to Digital Work
The Chronicle reports on the Modern Language Association’s recently revised “Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media.”
- Data Journalism Handbook
Solid introduction to how to turn a large amount of data into a story. Includes visualization, queries, crowdsourcing, acquiring data, and how to “become data literate in 3 simple steps.” Free and open source.
- Pilgrims, Cowboys, and Loneliness
Cameron Blevins at Historying appreciates the thoughtful and measured tone of this month’s Atlantic cover story, but not how it uses history.
- Cockroaches and Compromise
Paul Starr reviews two books on compromise and two historical cases of compromise gone wrong.
- Historiann retains birthright
Blogger Historiann has far too much fun responding to an offer to have a computer grade her students’ papers.
- Behind the Right’s Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism
Rick Perlstein looks at the history of the idea that “secular humanism” is a religion.
- Historic Photos From the NYC Municipal Archives
The Atlantic’sIn Focus blog showcases a few images from the New York City Department of Municipal Records’ online archive (please note, this website is very slow to load), which contains over 870,000 images.
- The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building, 2nd edition
The most distinctive building on the National Mall gets a detailed coffee-table treatment, covering the history of the building and many of the notable curators and scientists who worked there.
- Video: Civil War Widows’ Pension Digitization Project at the National Archives
In a new video, the National Archives goes behind-the-scenes at the Civil War Widows’ Pension Digitization Project.
- Discover Churchill
Last week, the Morgan Library & Museum and the Churchill Archives Centre jointly launched DiscoverChurchill.org, a new website that examines Winston Churchill’s words, leadership, actions, and historical impact.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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