What We’re Reading: August 18, 2011 Edition
Our roundup this week includes a new Teaching U.S. History blog, thoughts on the academic job market, and a TED talk on historic preservation. We also link to a post on the creation of the Historical Advisory Committee in 1957, decades of photographs available in the Flickr Commons, and combining modern photos with historic ones to gain a new perspective.
- Welcome to our new blog: Teaching United States History Surveys
Edward J. Blum has created a new blog, which will examine “thoughts on preparing, teaching, and transforming the United States history survey.” One of the first posts works through how to set up a syllabus.
- Careers for PhDs beyond academia
The academic job market is just as tight in the U.K. as it is in the U.S. The Guardian interviews historian Nicholas Sarantakes for his thoughts on finding jobs outside of academia.
- Re-Framing the Historic Preservation Conversation
Watch a TEDxCLE talk on historic preservation, given by Rhonda Sincavage, Associate Director for Intergovernment Affairs at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- Forming the Historical Advisory Committee and the first HAC Meeting, December 1957
Joshua Botts at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian discusses the formation of the Historical Advisory Committee (HAC) in 1957, and the part the AHA played.
- A Century of Photography
The Flickr Blog rounds up photos of the Tower Bridge in London from 1909 to 1998, and highlights the other historic images you can find through The Commons ( a collection of publicly-held photographs), including “ the first man on the moon; the first decade of divided Germany; the last quarter century of Hong Kong as a British colony, Moscow and Washington from between 1980 and 1991,” and much more.
- Vintage photography Web sites offer a chance to ‘time travel’
Jason Powell photographs historic photos placed back in their original location in the present. They remind the viewer not only of what has changed, but how much has stayed the same. See the full gallery too.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Vernon Horn
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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