What We’re Reading – June 16, 2015
AHA staff are eager consumers of great historical content, and we enjoy sharing our finds in our series What We’re Reading. Here are a few staff picks for articles published this week.
In the News
The Fight for Equality in Charleston, from Denmark Vesey to Clementa Pinckney
Yoni Appelbaum reflects on the history of Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. church and its struggle for civil rights.
The Clinton Foundation in Historical Perspective
The Clinton Foundation has been in the news recently. This piece offers historical perspective on the foundation.
On the history of “passing” for a race other than one’s own.
In the Digital World
Hiring: The First Librarian of Congress for the Internet Age
As James H. Billington, the head of the Library of Congress, retires after 28 years, Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic considers what the Library of Congress can and should be in the 21st century and how a new Librarian can lead the way.
Introducing HistPhil: A New Blog on the History of Philanthropy
Why does the field of philanthropy ignore its own history? A new blog offers insights.
Joseph Adelman discusses the do’s and don’ts of using Twitter for scholarly communication and engagement.
The Persianate Literary Heritage
An online exhibit and library of manuscripts from the McGill University collections.
Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate
Our kind of celebrity profile: Harvard’s Naomi Oreskes, featured in the New York Times. Oreskes, a historian of science, has traced the roots of climate-change denial to cold war anticommunism. The recent documentary Merchants of Doubt is based on the research she did with Erik M. Conway.
Fun and Offbeat
French Women Are Taking over Soccer
A historian explores the meteoric rise of women’s soccer in France.
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