What We’re Reading: July 31, 2014
Today’s What We’re Reading features the latest on the “right to be forgotten” ruling, American folklore told by Capitol interns, the five strangest rules in baseball, and much more!
The issue of history, and the rights of individuals and corporations to erase history about themselves, has taken a prominent stage in the “right to be forgotten” debate.
After news that Google has approved half of right to be forgotten requests, Jimmy Wales argues that Google should not be “censoring history.”
Speaking at a Media Society panel titled “Rewriting History,” Google’s spokesman Peter Barron argued the ruling meant “the right to privacy now trumps freedom of expression.”
Forbes contributor Guy Clapperton writes, “This affects America as well as Europe because it means searches on companies and individuals will tell a different truth in different parts of the world, which can’t be right.”
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of World War I through a global lens.
Every summer thousands of interns lead constituents on tours of the Capitol. In a space so steeped in history it’s not surprising that they sometimes get the details wrong.
Our Declaration by Danielle Allen combines the close reading inclinations of a classicist with the conceptual framing of a political scientist in the interest of revitalizing a central document in American history: the Declaration of Independence. Years ago, at a Fourth of July event in a Chicago suburb I wondered whether the Boy Scout reading the Declaration understood what he was saying—and whether the inattentive but enthusiastic audience would have approved of what he was saying had they actually been listening closely. Allen provocatively reminds us that “slow reading” enables all of us to understand, learn from, and debate the Declaration. And that such reflection and discussion can renew our commitment to equality while stimulating conversation on its meaning and implications.
Ancestry.com historian Jennifer Utley discovered that the Sex and the City star’s great-great-great grandmother was Martha Curnutt, who murdered her husband Noah Casto with an axe and served two years in prison as a result.
An article about an exhibit that will open at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, in December.
Published by Tikkun magazine, this article was written by Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
Jaime Miller discusses encountering the culture clash of teaching in a foreign country.
Fun and Off-Beat
Among the oddities, “Rule 8.05f: Please Face the Batter” and “Rule 7.08i: Run Forward, Please.”
A lesson in how much can be done with Twitter and a little imagination, reporter Lois Becket has done a very funny retelling of Lear in the style of This American Life.
Filed under “Good Ideas.”
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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