News and Notes: March 31, 2014

Post-NCPH 2014 Blog Posts

  • Angela Sirna raises questions about failed public history projects and asks if a failed project can be translated onto a resume or CV.
  • Matthew Barlow also shares his reflections on failed public history projects and community-based work. Failure Bingo ™ looks like fun.
  • Erica Fagen discusses the writing of women’s history (or lack thereof) on the internet. (See also here and here for related discussions).
  • Graduate students from Loyola Chicago’s public history program have a host of fine blog posts that were written during and after the conference.

In the Classroom

  • A recent study shows that taking notes by hand is more beneficial than typing on a computer when it comes to recall and retention of information.
  • Public schools outperform private and charter schools, but the public perceives the opposite.
  • How to write strong, concise paragraphs in research texts.
  • Keep your writing short.
  • Should you get your Ph.D.? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately and don’t have a clear answer at present.
  • The Fulbright Scholarship Program is facing deep cuts and possible extinction. ‘Murica.
  • Nein (aka Eric Jarosinski) is one of my favorite Twitter users. He was recently interviewed while visiting Germany, and I enjoyed what he had to say about teaching, especially the fact that the real goal of good teaching involves teaching a process of critical thinking, not just content.

Weird History

  • New research suggests that the Black Death of 1348 was not a bubonic plaque spread by rats but a pneumonic plague spread by airborne viruses instead.
  • National Geographic will be airing a new show that features “historians” digging up war graves from World War II in Eastern Europe. The cast includes Craig Gottlieb, an appraiser who was sometimes featured in History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.”

Cheers

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2 responses

  1. really interesting as always. Nice idea to look at failure differently. Really interesting stuff on medical history;)

    1. Thanks, Angie! I found that black death article fascinating 🙂

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