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What We’re Reading: March 8, 2012

AHA Staff | Mar 8, 2012

In the news this week, a new education bill has been introduced in Mississippi concerning partisanship in the classroom, noted historian Peter Novick has passed away, and the archivist of the United States has appointed a new director of presidential libraries. Then, find links to articles on Dan Cohen and the Center for History and New Media, e-books and distraction, teaching students to “do history,” and comprehensive exams. Finally, read about how the Miller Center at UVA is putting the presidential campaign in historical context, find lesson plans for Women’s History month, and, just for fun, check out the history of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster.




  • Doing History
    The new College & Research Libraries News describes an exciting new collaborative project between the History Department at St. John’s University and the New York Public Library to teach students how to “do history.”
  • The Comprehensive Exam: Make It Relevant
    The Chronicle posted an article on the (enormous) topic of making comprehensive exams relevant and a lively discussion ensued in the comments.


  • Miller Center Riding the TigerRiding the Tiger: The Presidential Election in Context
    A new blog from the Miller Center at the University of Virginia is following the 2012 presidential race “through the lens of history.” Drawing from digital historical resources from the center’s collections, this blog will put the current presidential campaign in the context of history. See also the Chronicle’s Wired Campus article about the new blog.
  • Women’s History Month
    EDSITEment has put together a collection of links to lesson plans and other resources for teaching and learning about Women’s History Month.


Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend.

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