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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
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August 13, 2013, 4:24 pm
I was reading Frank Bruni’s New York Times column, “Tackling the Roots of Rape” this morning and had two thoughts. One is that it is progress for a man to be interviewing a man about how to prevent sexual assault. Too much anti-rape activism is focused on lecturing women on how to protect themselves and too little on the largest potential pool of rapists and their destructive ideas about sex. Furthermore, men talking to men about rape, and cutting through the myths about sexuality and masculinity than enable sexual violence, is an effective strategy.
My second thought was how glad I am that I no longer teach at a residential campus. (more…)
August 11, 2013, 12:12 pm
But I would like to cheer everyone else up! Here is a fun thing to put on your agenda as you try to distract yourself from going back to work:
Send in a proposal to go to China with me in August 2015! That’s right, yours truly is teamed up with Francis Blouin of the University of Michigan to coordinate an American Historical Association-sponsored program of digital history panels at the 2015 meeting of Le Comité international des sciences historique (CISH) in Jinan. Our CFP (otherwise known as out appel à contribution) is here; submissions are due November 30 2013.
Don’t just fantasize — send something in! If you are planning on submitting a whole panel, remember the “international” part. We are serious about…
August 6, 2013, 2:44 pm
By chance, I was checking Twitter only a few minutes after Donald Graham announced that his family had sold The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. I spent the next 45 minutes or so glued to my iPhone5, following the ensuing Tweets. Some were from nervous WaPo journalists clearly eager to show that they were on board with the new boss. What a graphic example of how much the dissemination, and nature, of news has changed since the Post broke the Watergate story forty years ago.
Can you imagine how differently Nixon’s demise might have played out in a Twitterized environment? How low the mighty have fallen — but is it, as so many observers assume, the advent of the Internet that destroyed newspapers? I don’t think so. Nevertheless, multiple stories have popped up overnight, asking some version of the question: can Jeff Bezos save journalism? Some folks, like
August 2, 2013, 1:11 pm
In a tradition dating back to the quarrels Alex Cockburn, Christopher Hitchens and Katha Pollitt used to have with each other (sometimes printed one right after another), interns at The Nation have decided to hold their employer publicly accountable.
Back in June, my favorite left weekly ran a good piece about poorly paid journalism internships, and how this route to work experience is reserved by default for kids (white, middle class or rich) who can pay their own way. In “How To Fix Journalism’s Class and Color Crisis,” (June 3 2013) Farai Chideya linked “the resegregation of the American media” to “endless unpaid internships….Getting your start in journalism often doesn’t pay. Instead, you have to chip in to join the club.” Stipends that pretty much cover lunch in a major United States city make housing, travel, a few items of business clothing and any other expense up …
July 31, 2013, 12:20 pm
Here at Radical Summer Camp we are too busy reading, resting and eating to pay much attention to blogging. Nevertheless, when checking Twitter last night (yes, we do get cell service in the North Woods), the word “slutbag” kept appearing (HT Jason Cherkis) and it got our Internet juices flowing.
Further investigations revealed the latest news out of the crumbling Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign: a top Weiner aide loses her feminism card by referring to an intern leaker as a “fucking slutbag” and a c*nt; and the aforementioned intern leaker reveals that the Creepy Candidate in Chief called all female interns “Monica,” suggesting that he has really been obsessed with The Big Dog all along. …
July 29, 2013, 9:17 am
This is what our annual vacation in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area is like, except with fewer canoes.
July 28, 2013, 1:56 pm
I am sitting on a beat-up stool with wheels. My assignment is to go from one end of the physical therapy room to another, propelling myself by my heels. I will do this circuit three times. Prior to this I did ten minutes on the Precor, quad and hamstring lifts, glute presses, and a nasty stretching routine in which my right knee, which is no longer an actual knee but a bionic mix of titanium and plastic, loosens up to the 125 degrees I am aiming for by the end of the therapy session.
I tear off down the room, scooting past a youngish fireman with a repaired rotator cuff and an assortment of elderly people rehabilitating knees, hips, backs, elbows, shoulders.
July 22, 2013, 9:39 am
We have just passed the half-way marker for summer, with a precious few weeks remaining before those emails about fall teaching start arriving. And what to my wondering eyes do appear, as I was posting hilarious quotes about Kate Middleton’s labor on Facebook?
The Grafton Challenge.
For some time I have been following Saved By History, the blog of a certain L.D. Burnett, a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Ideas at University of Texas-Dallas. We are Facebook friends, so when I noticed comments about how generous senior scholars can be, I thought in a rosy haze, “Yes we are….but what did I do to deserve such a lovely compliment?”
Not so fast, Radical. It’s Princeton’s Tony Grafton she’s talking about.
Here’s the skinny. Yesterday, Burnett responded on blog to…
July 21, 2013, 11:39 am
Will Oremus reports at Slate that San Jose State University is suspending its online classes after over half the students in them failed their final exams. Sebastian Thrun, the founder of San Jose’s provider, Udacity, explained to the Associated Press “that the failure rates in the five classes ranged from 56 to 76 percent. Nor was the course material exactly rocket science—the five classes were in elementary statistics, college algebra, entry-level math, introduction to programming, and introduction to psychology.”
I’m really glad they weren’t teaching rocket science, because clearly the people who put the courses together weren’t rocket scientists either. (more…)
July 14, 2013, 9:19 am
At Tenured Radical we, like so many others, are appalled and heartbroken at last night’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in murder of Trayvon Martin. Between Shelby v. Holder and this travesty, it feels like we are spinning back in time.
To find a rally or Trayvon Martin protest near you, log on to Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #NoJustice or #HoodiesUp. Hat tip.
To join the NAACP, go here. (Update: be patient. The site is moving very slowly today, undoubtedly a direct outcome of the slow pace of delayed justice for the Martin family.)
To find your Congressperson to demand justice for Trayvon, go here.
To give money to The Brotherhood-SisterSol, a New York City community organization that organizes youth of color against racism, sexism, homophobia and violence, go here.
To call, write and email the Department of Justice to demand the reactivation of the…