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Weekend Reading: Butterflies in the Sky Edition

4017103295_7b7ee92569_bThere’s not much of a theme to today’s reading list. Perhaps this is appropriate for a summer Friday. In any case, enjoy!

  • First (and this could take your whole weekend, and that would be okay), there’s the #YesAllWomen hashtag, which began in the wake of the UCSB shootings. If you’ve not yet, spend some time with the tweets and with the many articles of essential reading to which they link.
  • This week the MLA’s Task Force on Doctoral Study in Language and Literature released its report, which ma…
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Tom Bihn’s Travel Bags for Conference Travel

TB0940_01bWhen I moved to the Boston area and began commuting two years ago, I asked ProfHacker readers to recommend a good backpack for commuting. So many recommended Tom Bihn backpacks that I got one, and I loved it. So when I was preparing for a series of work-related trips this spring, I wanted to test out Tom Bihn’s travel bags for these 2- or 3-night trips. The company provided me with an Aeronaut, a Tri-Star, and a Pilot bag so I could test them all, along with a set of packing cubes and pouches to…

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Weekend Reading: Kirschantwort Roundup Edition

1117742262_7bc9d99769_bAfter a very long winter, it’s finally feeling a bit like summer in New England—it seems we simply missed spring altogether. Most classes are finished (unless, like me, you’re teaching a summer class) and faculty are busy trying to get started on full summer to-do lists. This weekend’s reading will primarily be of interest to readers who care about the digital humanities. If that’s a topic you’d rather skip, skip away. Otherwise, I’ve tried to round up a recent set of articles discussing the sha…

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Weekend Reading: One-Star Lighthouse Edition

7864958264_9c1ebb736a_bIt’s been a busy week, and I have lots of reading for you. So here ’tis:

  • There’s been a very active conversation about Net Neutrality and higher education this week. I would recommend a few posts for those looking to learn more or join the conversation:
    1. This joint post from Adeline Koh and Siobhan Senier here at ProfHacker, “Why Net Neutrality Matters to Higher Ed,” includes several relevant links, a nice breakdown of the issues at stake in this debate, and a few concrete ways to get involved.
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Weekend Reading: School’s (Almost) Out For Summer Edition

5881423615_ca99c437e6_bIt’s hard to believe, but our spring semester is already finished. I’m likely grading students’ final projects as you read this. So here’s a (very quick) list of worthwhile weekend reading.

  • Roopika Risam writes about “Rethinking Peer Review in the Age of Digital Humanities” for the journal Ada. While the focus is on the specific challenges of evaluating digital humanities work, Risam’s argument and recommendations apply across a range of fields.

    Rethinking peer review in the age of digital acad…

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DHCommons Journal Seeks Mid-Stage Digital Humanities Projects for Review in Inaugural Issue

Many—though far from all, I realize—ProfHacker readers are involved in the digital humanities (DH). More than two years ago I wrote about the launch of DHCommons, a resource for connecting scholars interested in collaborating on DH projects. Later that year I wrote about how DHCommons was partnering with the Association for Computers and the Humanities to connect new DH scholars with mentors. Since then DHCommons has partnered with centerNet, the international network of digital humanities cent…

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Remembering the 2013 Boston Marathon with the Our Marathon Archive

5ee847e668198e774022be574d3716b2Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent events that shook the city of Boston. I teach at Northeastern University, blocks from the Marathon’s finish line, and many of our students were directly affected by those events: they were participating in the race, they were helping in the medical tents, they were cheering on friends and family, or they lived in buildings that were evacuated during the tense days following the bombings. Some of our students…

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Weekend Reading: Hoping for Spring Edition

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Temperatures are finally rising above freezing on a regular basis in New England, which means that—despite everything—spring may finally be coming. That doesn’t have anything in particular to do with this weekend’s reading, but I do hope you can read in some warmth and spring-like comfort.

  • Let’s start with some fun and stimulating reading. First, if you don’t subscribe to the RSS feed of Rebecca Onion’s The Vault blog at Slate, do so now (and if you don’t know how to subscribe to an RSS feed,
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On Taking the Train

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I will start by acknowledging two things:

  1. This post is distinctively American, in that I will wax on about train travel as if it’s a discovery rather than an obvious fact about how people traverse the world

  2. The suggestion at the heart of this post is far more feasible for those who live along the East Coast corridor or other pockets of the US with extensive train networks, though I’m learning that Amtrak’s network is more extensive than I realized only a few years ago. When I lived in Green…

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What’s Your Favorite Presentation Remote?

100526326_6cc1e34113_bA few days ago a friend wrote me to ask what my favorite presentation remote is for classes and conference talks. He was considering the Kensington Wireless Presenter Pro but assumed I might have a stronger recommendation. However, while I love to use remotes when giving a talk—I prefer to wander rather than stand still behind a podium—for some reason I don’t actually own one of these devices. Amy Cavender has recommended a set of tools by DeMobo which allow her to control presentations from her…