What We’re Reading: September 11, 2014
Today’s What We’re Reading features comics that promote public understanding, museum collections, a database on The Simpsons, and much more!
Entomologist Jay Hosler tackles scientific explanation via comic and explains how illustration can help aid the growth of public understanding.
Kevin McDonald suggests looking at the French Revolution and the writings of Abul ’Ala Maududi to understand ISIS’s philosophical background.
Life Coach Jennifer Polk finds common ground between historical study and the job-seeking PhD with “her commitment to understanding their motivations” in an essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
James Morton Turner advocates for an expansion of not only the wilderness, but our “shared capacity to govern.”
The National Council on Public History’s Public History Commons explores the implications of digitizing underused museum collections. It is a reaction to an earlier two-part piece on online collections as exhibit resources, written by an exhibitions researcher at the Indiana Historical Society.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently acquired Thomas Hart Benton’s mural America Today. “It immerses the visitor in a profoundly transitional period in American history, the cultural rupture between the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.”
An exhibit at Yeshiva University Museum of photographer Marisa Scheinfeld’s work is a haunting reminder of these institutions of 20th-century American Jewish culture.
AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman was a guest on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Listen to him discuss the controversy over the new AP US history framework.
As Kazakhstan seeks to establish a new writing system, linguists seek one that accommodates more of the native Kazakh sounds, an area where the currently used Cyrillic script comes up short.
Fun and Offbeat
The Simpsons archive has finally been created. In addition to the videos themselves, the archive will contain the text of every episode. Exactly what you need going into the new academic year.
Historian Matt Houlbrook makes a case for how important, and complex, the first line of text is in any written piece.
Fall term has begun; keep a discerning eye on those inboxes.
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