Monthly Archives: May 2011

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris is being screened at the Festival de Cannes in southern France. Midnight in Paris apparently offers a nostalgic appreciation of Paris with historic vignettes of famous Americans who were active in Parisian culture … Continue reading

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100 Films Reviewed by Historians

Historians are increasingly engaging with historical films, serving as historical consultants for film productions and as film reviewers for diverse publications. The American Historical Review experimented with film reviews for several years before shifting the reviews to the American Historical … Continue reading

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Digital Humanities

Digital humanities projects are increasingly integral aspects of research in the humanities.  Many humanities scholars have tried to assess the meaning of digital humanities developments for historians, literary scholars, and other humanities specialists. An article by Kathleen Fitzpatrick in the … Continue reading

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Meeting History Editors

History graduate students and assistant professors need to meet acquisitions editors of academic presses in order to “shop” their book projects.  They also have to learn how academic presses operate if they hope to publish their manuscripts. Major academic conferences … Continue reading

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For-Profit Education Fraud

More reports about outright fraud in for-profit educational companies, such as Kaplan and Phoenix, have surfaced. An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education focuses on instructors’ testimony about fraudulent practices by for-profit educational institutions.  “We were supposed to keep … Continue reading

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History Plays Nominated

A number of history plays have received Tony Award nominations recently.  Notable plays such as The Book of Mormon, The Scottsboro Boys, and War Horse are all based on historical events and issues. Bruce Chadwick, who teaches at Rutgers University, … Continue reading

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How Not to do Engaged Learning

Professors in universities across the country hear lots of talk these days about “engaged learning.”  The concept can be useful in promoting alternative educational experiences and formats both inside and outside classrooms.  But, “engaged learning” is often been misused and … Continue reading

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Threats to Liberal Arts

Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, spoke on “Defending the Liberal Arts” at the American Council of Learned Societies annual meeting in Washington recently. Leach argued that “we need an infrastructure of ideas,” comparing humanities research … Continue reading

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Millennialists believe in Impending Last Days

A new group of Christian millennarians led by fundamentalist Harold Camping is proclaiming that the world will end on 21 May 2011, when true believers will be “raptured.”  The Washington Post reports on Camping and his millennialist movement in an … Continue reading

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Faculty Union formed at UIC

The faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago voted recently to form a faculty union, which will be affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The American Association of University Professors (AAUP), which supported the UIC faculty unionization … Continue reading

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