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What We’re Reading: March 24, 2011 Edition

AHA Staff | Mar 24, 2011

Drew Gilpin Faust 2011 Jefferson LectureThis week the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that historian Drew Gilpin Faust will deliver the 2011 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. In other news, AHA President-elect William Cronon provides historical background to recent events in Wisconsin, a judge has rejected the Google Books settlement, and President Obama seeks to reform No Child Left Behind. We also link to The Chronicle’s new Two-Year Track blog, an interactive 1811 map of Manhattan, a year behind the wheel of a 1930 Model A, and a murder mystery.


John Randel 1811 street grid ManhattanNew Online

  • The Two-Year Track
    The Chronicle is featuring a new blog on its site: The Two-Year Track. It will “post items on career-related issues for those who work or want to work at community colleges.”
  • How Manhattan’s Grid Grew
    The New York Times offers an interactive look at John Randel’s 1811 street grid of Manhattan.


  • 365 Days of A
    Ever wonder what it would have been like to drive around at car from the early 1900s? Jonathan Klinger is doing just that, driving a 1930 Model A everywhere for a year and documenting his experiences on his blog. 
  • Murder in the Time of Cholera
    From Philadelphia Magazine, a story that combines historians, anthropologists, earth scientists, a 178-year old railroad murder mystery, and… ghosts?

Contributors: David Darlington, Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, and Lee White

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