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Contributors to this collection, edited by Claire Potter and Renee Romano, consider the wide range of challenges the practice of contemporary history poses. These essays address sources like television and video games, the ethics of writing about living subjects, questions of privacy and copyright law, and the possibilities that new technologies offer for writing history. Doing Recent History offers guidance and insight to any researcher considering tackling the not-so-distant past. Buy the Book
- Academic Cog
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- Center of Gravitas (GayProf)
- Chapati Mystery
- Confessions of a Community College Dean
- Constitutionally Speaking
- Crooked Timber
- Dame Eleanor Hull
- Chapati Mystery
- Easily Distracted
- The Edge of the American West
- Ferule & Fescue
- Grow & Resist
- Joe. My. God.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money
- Legal History Blog
- Madwoman With a Laptop
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- Pat Griffin's LGBT Sport Blog
- Reassigned Time 2.0
- Religion in American History
- University Diaries
- We Are Respectable Negroes
- American Historical Association Blog
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Inside Higher Ed
- Juan Cole's Informed Comment
- Ms. Magazine
- National Public Radio
- New York Times
- States of Devotion
- Ta-Nehisi Coates/ The Atlantic
- The Book (The New Republic)
- The Book Bench
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- The Nation
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Category Archives: Annals of Contemporary History
March 10, 2013, 7:09 pm
To celebrate women’s history month, I have decided to tweet an historical fact about a woman, or women, every day in March. Silly? Perhaps. Fun? Why yes: I’m enjoying it enormously. Women’s history rocks.
So far, women as different as abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the Empress Josephine Bonaparte, and Svetlana Alliluyeva have appeared in the Twitter feed to the right of this post. I find these women by simply entering the date in Wikipedia’s search box: a list of events, births and deaths show up in an entry devoted to that day. Presto!
Well, not so fast.
You might be surprised to learn how very few items in these lists name women as historically significant figures. Sometimes there are three or four women named; sometimes it is only one. One day there were absolutely no women listed and I had to get creative: I picked a major civil rights event and did some newspaper research…
February 3, 2013, 10:18 am
Popular author Chris Kyle, a former sniper and Navy SEAL, was tragically shot and killed at a gun range, along with a second man, near Glen Rose, Texas on Saturday. “Witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that a gunman opened fire on the men around 3:30 p.m. Saturday,” the Associated Press reports, “then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims….The newspapers said a 25-year-old man was later taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, and that charges were expected.”
According to the National Rifle Association (NRA) experts now littering our news shows, this should not have happened. Kyle should have fired back, successfully defended himself by killing the “bad guy,” and be here to tell the tale of why the “good guys” need to…
July 23, 2012, 8:58 pm
There goes the statue of JoePa. Bu-bye. Don’t let the door hitcha onna way out.
In the wake of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky’s conviction on child sexual assault charges, and Judge Louis Freeh’s report on the coverup of said actions by the institution, the NCAA has weighed in with penalties designed to punish — but not by any means wreck –the Nittany Lions. Millions of dollars in fines, eliminating Bowl eligibility, reduction of scholarships: what more, you ask, could the ruling body of college sports done? (more…)
June 13, 2012, 3:45 pm
You who are beginning doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences in the fall: listen up.
In September, you may have an experience similar to the one Nate Kreuter, now an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina State University, described last fall at Inside Higher Ed (November 21 2011.)
Kreuter’s “cohort was led into an auditorium….After the typical messages of welcome and run-downs of various logistical need-to-know, the graduate director delivered a very somber warning.” Of the cohort of more than thirty, “only perhaps 40 percent of us would complete our degrees and secure academic appointments. That 40 percent, he warned, would be lucky to find any sort of academic job, even off the tenure track, and even fewer …
May 28, 2012, 6:17 pm
Yesterday around midday I discovered that I could no longer post status updates to my Facebook page. This was no big deal, and would have represented the elimination of a major weekend time-suck, except for one thing. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening, which sets off a little alarm in my brain that Something Might Be Wrong, Something That Might Represent A Bigger Problem.
I don’t worry about being hacked. On the other hand, I never worried about identity theft until my debit card was canceled because someone managed to duplicate it at a gas pump that had been bent to this purpose in West Philadelphia: the next day I went out and bought a shredder. Similarly, before now, despite legendarily sloppy password use for many years, I have never been hacked. And yet, I thought uneasily as I fiddled with a Facebook that was behaving strangely, there’s always a first time.
March 29, 2012, 12:57 pm
Last spring there was a big hullabaloo about dogs pooping in public. The short version is this: local residents were in the habit of using a fenced field attached to two primary schools as a dog park. I am ambivalent about dog parks, since for every twenty good citizens there is one lunkhead who appears not to be aware that his or her dog gets into fights. Neither of my dogs has ever fought unless attacked; I find it particularly irritating, then, when a menacing dog has mine on the ground and its human companion instructs me to just “let them work it out.” In my imagination, this type of person is the culprit who leaves large dollops of dog doo for the vast majority of conscientious citizens — those who do and do not live with dogs — to step in. (more…)
March 21, 2012, 3:13 pm
In Which Tenured Radical Ponders The Twists of Fate That Can Mean Everything To An Untogether Student
When I was an undergraduate at Oligarch University I, and I suspect many of my peers, had three desires that were utterly in conflict: to be invisible, to be free and to be special.
Against the advice of my mother, who wanted me to go to a liberal arts college where faculty would pay attention to me, I wanted to attend a school that was so big that no adult could exert any authority over me whatsoever.
I got my wish.
Soon I discovered that a major research university where undergraduates were expected to be autonomous had possibilities I had never imagined. Not go to class? Who knew if there were 500 people in the room? Sit in the back of a dark lecture hall as one Great Masterwork after another flashed up on the screen and take a little snooze? Why the heck not? Turn in all th…
March 2, 2012, 6:31 pm
Here it is.
Watching Rush Limbaugh makes me think that the problem with the culture wars is that we on the feminist left spend too much of our energy protesting that we aren’t in a culture war and too little time getting our hands dirty fighting it.
Seriously, Republican Party: you are going to tell *all* women who want and need access to birth control that they are “sluts” and still expect any woman to vote Republican? Do you expect the men who are in relationships with these women to vote Republican? Have you lost your freaking minds?
Well then, bring it on, boys. Just bring it on. I mean, even Ann Coulter uses birth control.
Addendum: Does anyone but me think it is odd that this obscene Rush Limbaugh clip is preceded by an ad for Disney’s Magic Kingdom?
November 29, 2011, 4:16 pm
…that I have had no requests for law or business school recommendations. Zero. Between graduates who had taken a year or so off and students heading right into the chute, I used to average between 5 and 10 law and biz recs every fall. Also popular for a while were public health degrees, master’s in social work and master’s in urban design programs. But I have had no requests for those either. Applications for the Ph.D. have pretty much petered out, although interestingly, these are the only requests for recommendations I have received since spring 2009. Last year I had two grads go off immediately to American Studies programs, and I am starting to send off recommendations for another prospective Ph.D. candidate now. (more…)
November 13, 2011, 4:55 pm
We return to guest blogger, historian and former Zenith provost Judith C. Brown. Her full biography and Part I of this series can be viewed here. Brown ended the first section of her essay by reflecting: “in the early 19th century, it was in the relative ‘backwater’ of the German universities as well as in the newer universities of Europe, where imagination and flexibility with regard to change were able to flourish, that we see the beginnings of the modern research university.” She then asked: “Are we in that kind of turning point in American higher education?” The answer is yes.
American higher education is at a major turning point. We are in the midst of enormous social, political, economic, and technological changes that are part of big long-term shifts in the economic and political position of the U.S. in the world, shifts that began several decades ago. While the U.S….