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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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- Easily Distracted
- The Edge of the American West
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- University Diaries
- We Are Respectable Negroes
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January 25, 2015, 12:00 pm
There are plenty of righteous political arguments against LGBT people organizing their lives around marriage and family formation. I say this as someone who was relieved to learn I was a lesbian, even though coming out was tough, because the last thing I wanted was to marry and parent children. I wanted work, and I wanted freedom, and being a person who was legally barred from both parenthood and marriage was a huge relief. I also took it too far, and made myself obnoxious to others. People who knew me when I was young may remember that I could be downright nasty towards the special insights, pleasures and benefits that many of my feminist mentors associated with mothering (whatever afterlife you are in, Sara Ruddick…
January 21, 2015, 12:00 pm
January 17, 2015, 1:07 pm
Last night I broke my only New Year’s Resolution: don’t argue, or provoke others to argument, on social media. What I am talking about is what I call “the cycle.” This is a mental feedback loop of incessant open-ended arguing, often with insults and others jumping in and repeating arguments already made.This is accompanied by obsessive checking of Facebook (or Twitter) to see what the latest insult to my personal integrity is. It’s one of several things about Facebook that make me feel bad, just bad. It is also a humungous time waster.
The worst thing is that, when it happens, it is usually entirely my own fault.
Here’s what happens: scrolling through my feed, someone I do not know posts a comment or status update that has elements that are bound to annoy me. These might include: a statement that poses as radical, but actually just repeats a well-known political critique; an…
January 5, 2015, 12:47 pm
Yesterday afternoon the members of the American Historical Association (AHA) present at the business meeting were asked to take up several resolutions proposed by Historians Against the War (HAW). These resolutions proposed that the AHA condemn the state of Israel for alleged violations of academic freedom against both US and Palestinian scholars; and for attacks on research centers in Gaza last summer. You can read the resolutions here; you can read accounts of the meeting at History News Network, in my Twitter feed (I was sitting right behind Rick Shenkman, so I guess we were the press section) and in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The business meeting had been preceded by a session organized by the Mid-Atlantic Radical Historians Organization (MARHO). It too was organized late and was not on the program, although it was well publicized in the weeks leading up to the annual…
January 3, 2015, 4:30 pm
Tenured Radical was launched on October 18, 2006, in New Haven Connecticut. In a little more than seven years I have written 1,794 posts on topics as various as the humanities job market, national politics, sexual assault, books, writing, and the BDS movement. Although I began writing under a pseudonym, that only lasted for a few months, since I was quickly outed by my students. That turned out to be a good thing, however: not only has blogging brought me a great many opportunities in the old and new media worlds, it also became a place where I have been able to articulate my ideas and observations about higher education from the perspective of someone who has been in school, in some fashion, for over half a century now.
In the summer of 2010, I received a call from The Chronicle of Higher Education, asking me if I would…
December 31, 2014, 1:57 pm
Following up on yesterday’s suggestions for out-of-towners, we asked Flirtatious Freddie, our tenured ace reporter, where queer historians might want to make new friends or dance with old ones. We got this reply:
“The hottest club that seems to make NYC feel like NYC is Viva but the cover is $30–Saturday night,” Freddie tells us. Tenured Radical researchers looked it up and saw that “shirtlessness is encouraged but not required.” Use your judgement, full professors! “There is no cover but plenty of dancing at Industry in Hells Kitchen, only a few blocks from the Hilton,” Freddie continues, “while Atlas Social Club, also quite near, is good early — between 11pm and 1:30am most weekend nights. In general, there are a dozen bars in Hells…
December 30, 2014, 11:23 am
The Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association is a home game for Tenured Radical, so expect lots of juicy posts. Our reporting capacity here at the CHE and on Twitter @TenuredRadical will be enhanced by the free Wifi available at the conference. How things have changed in only a few years! It used to be we had to have cell phone tethering, and good forbid that ones attended a session in a room with a steel support beam.
Other improvements this year include a really good conference app that allows you to build a schedule and (wait for it) tells you where the sessions are with pin drops! For some reason the app is not showing up on an iTunes search, but you can download it from iTunes here.
You will note an enhanced police presence near the Hilton, which means you should not even think of jaywalking, particularly since one part of the campaign against traffic deaths …
December 26, 2014, 2:46 pm
Every year, we at Tenured Radical give away money. Why? So the government can’t have it to build bombs and subsidize the sugar industry, of course! If you are itching to do good, here are some causes that caught our eye this year.
Planned Parenthood. This is an annual donation to which longtime readers of this blog are accustomed. Women’s health is vulnerable to federal budget cutting for the next two years in a way it hasn’t been for a long time, and a gift given before December 31st will be matched, up to $1 million. Did you know that Planned Parenthood dedicates itself to men’s sexual health as well — and is one of the leading health care providers for Latino men nationwide?
OutHistory.org. As a volunteer co-director for OutHistory.org with Jonathan Ned Katz (our founder) and John D’Emilio, I give my time. However, because we are free and take no advertising, we need money to…
December 22, 2014, 4:23 pm
We used to have a feature here at Tenured Radical called “Ask the Radical.” I don’t know what happened to it. It may have disappeared when we had staff cutbacks several years ago, eliminated tenure-track blogging, and began relying on hourly bloggers that we hired in university cafeterias. For those of you who are not long term fans, this feature is sometimes drawn from questions people have actually asked me, but it also includes questions that I think people should have asked me. So without further ado, we return to this feature with a direct question asked by a real live reader.
Dear Tenured Radical: Why did you block me on Twitter? Signed, Hot Fingers Houlihan.
Dear Hot Fingers,
Your entire tweet, and I quote, read: “You are a total moron! Shame on you.” In Tweeting this, and tagging me up, you broke several of the new rules established at Tenured Radical in recent weeks….