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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
- Bully Bloggers
- Center of Gravitas (GayProf)
- Chapati Mystery
- Confessions of a Community College Dean
- Constitutionally Speaking
- Corey Robin
- Crooked Timber
- Dame Eleanor Hull
- Easily Distracted
- The Edge of the American West
- Ferule & Fescue
- Joe. My. God.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money
- Legal History Blog
- Madwoman With a Laptop
- New Deal 2.0
- New Kid on the Hallway
- Nursing Clio
- 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
- The Daily Kos
- The Nation
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Claire Potter's is the first book to look at the structural, legal, and cultural aspects of J. Edgar Hoover's war on crime in the 1930s, a New Deal campaign which forged new links between citizenship, federal policing, and the ideal of centralized government.
War on Crime reminds us of how and why our worship of violent celebrity hero G-men and gangsters came about and how we now are reaping the results.Buy the Book
November 6, 2013, 10:54 am
You know those days you are too busy to blog? This is one of them. But to celebrate Chirlane McCray, the first African-American lesbian feminist to become the First Lady of New York, how about some feminist shorts?
- @Crunkfeminist Collective: De-Tangling Racism: On White Women and Black Hair. Love this piece, in part because when I was at Zenith young African-American women in their first year used to report the offensive obsession that newly-acquired white acquaintances had with touching their hair. Whenever I brought it up to administrators,however, they claimed it was an urban myth. Apparently not. And, according to this piece, white women are now obsessed with their obsession with African-American women’s hair. Go figure.
- @Elixher: Brittney Griner says no to WNBA’s…
October 31, 2013, 3:27 pm
Let me rephrase this for you in case that was too abstract and college professor-y:
Don’t. Wear. Blackface. Ever.
Now, here’s the advanced class. Having abandoned your Trayvon Martin outfit, when you are considering your new costume and party theme options, ask yourself: is this like blackface — but Asian? Mexican? Native American? Then proceed to the advanced class and ask yourself:
Does my costume or party invitation say: women are sluts? If so, adjust to preclude sending this message too.
Somehow Theta Xi Fraternity at the University of Michigan did not get the memo that just because some hip-hop stars tell stories about gang life, and call each other niggah, and talk about how much they hate women, doesn’t make any of these things ok. Nor does the…
October 27, 2013, 11:19 am
Check out Tim Kreider‘s piece in today’s New York Times about being asked to write for free. This is a gift from heaven. Eight days ago I passed my seventh bloggiversary, and I will soon be writing my 1000th free post. It has been a little over four years since I moved over to the Chronicle of Higher Education, where I continue the Tenured Radical tradition of writing for nothing.
Most bloggers write for free, actually. Want a blog at the Huffington Post? Have your publicist, or your sister posing as your publicist, call them and ask. They will be happy to publish you — for free. They need content, you need exposure. It’s a deal!
Here’s the news: bloggers who make money do so either by writing self-help books based on their blogs and/or by pushing products, which is called…
October 23, 2013, 6:52 pm
You know those times when you are floating your mouse over something and click by mistake? The Des Moines Register reports that a University of Iowa TA mistakenly sent nude pictures of herself to her students. Wouldn’t you know it: she’s a mathematician, a field in which women have a hard time anyway.
Whoever you are, I am so sorry.
Of course the students started tweeting about it immediately, the sensitive little darlings, making the situation ever so much worse. According to the Register,
A student tweeted, “The TA was teaching her 7:30 discussion session this morning trying to act like nothing happened but [was] clearly very rattled. No one said anything about it but it was just extremely awkward.”
“Breaking News: An Iowa TA accidentally emailed naked pictures of herself to 80+ students instead of the study guide,” read one student’s tweet.
Another tweeted: “A math…
October 20, 2013, 11:41 am
Dave Tomar, The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012), $16.00 paper; $9.99 ebook.
Reading this book solved a small mystery in my teaching career.
Every once in a while, even without Turnitin.com, a paper screams: “plagiarized!!!!” About a decade ago, I received one of those papers. Only partly coherent, grammatically idiosyncratic sentences were sutured to others that flowed beautifully, delivering a punchy argument that the rest of the paragraph had lurched towards in an often obscure way. What I suspected was something called “mosaic plagiarism,” in which the students’ own writing is used as filler in between quotes lifted from books that have no quotation marks around them. I went to the library to check a couple of the books…
October 18, 2013, 11:20 am
In today’s guest post, the faculty of one institution proposes ethical principles for re-thinking the cost of higher education. Robin Bates, Professor of English, has been at St. Mary’s College since 1981. He has written several articles on cinema, has received two Fulbright awards to Slovenia, maintains the blog Better Living through Beowulf, and is author of the book How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero’s Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage (2012, self published). Laraine Glidden is Distinguished Professor Emerita, and has been a faculty member and administrator at St. Mary’s since 1976. Her authored and edited books as well as scientific articles, many of which are published with undergraduate co-authors, are in her specialty area of children, families and disabilities.
The Chronicle regularly features articles about the exponential growth of tuition and executive…
October 13, 2013, 11:52 am
I said no to writing a graduate school recommendation for a candidate applying to PhD programs in history.
That’s right, me. Me, who thinks it paternalistic to keep intelligent people out of graduate school. Me, who believes fervently that our nation would be better off with better-educated people in it (if you don’t believe this, pick any Tea Party congressperson at random and ask that person a question about the female reproductive system, what the Bible or the Constitution actually says, political history, race and/or how government works.)
Let me just say: I did not turn this student away for political or ideological reasons, or because said person does not deserve a shot at a career in history. My…
October 9, 2013, 9:23 am
Some of you may be starved for real policy conversations as we all wait to see if Rep. Michelle Bachmann is correct that we have entered the Last Days.
Should the Last Days not be imminent, however, people will still need to go to college. Therefore, today we are delighted to post part II of a series on President Obama’s plan for higher education by guest blogger Judith C. Brown. The conversation began here on September 22 2013.
How to Combat Rising College Costs, Make College More Affordable, and Provide Better Information so Prospective Students May Decide What is Best Value for Them: Further Comments on President Obama’s Higher Education Plan
President Obama’s plan for higher education seeks to address very real challenges: the rising costs of providing a higher education, the decreasing ability of prospective students to afford it, and the inadequacy as well …
October 5, 2013, 3:59 pm
Every once in a while it’s fun to hunt up a new piece of software down and play with it. Mostly, although not always, I do this for teaching purposes. Will the platform be useful for posting or organizing material for my students? Giving them an alternative way to do their own presentations? Help me flip the classroom a bit? You can’t figure out what a given piece of software is good for, or whether it works at all, until you wrestle it to the ground yourself. Prepare to waste some time if you really want to be a digital humanities cowboy.
Today I made a short film with Masher about the government shutdown. So far, however, there seem to be a lot of bugs and you won’t be seeing that film anytime soon — although I presume it is still somewhere on the Masher site. (more…)
October 1, 2013, 10:15 am