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Public/Digital | History/Humanities: Conceptualizing the Digital Public Humanities

On February 20, 2014, I gave a talk at Lehigh University in Bethelehem, PA with the rather unwieldy title of Public/Digital | History/Humanities: Conceptualizing the Digital Public Humanities. As I explained to Julia Maserjian, Digital Scholarship Project Manager at Lehigh’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, who invited me to speak at Lehigh, it was really important to keep that little | symbol in between two parts of my title. That symbol—called a pipe—is used in the UNIX operating system and has a very particular meaning that I wanted to use as to frame my remarks. I’m no UNIX programmer, but when I was about ten years old my father, who is an electrical engineer and knew that I was interested in computers, told me that I should teach myself UNIX. “It’ll be useful,” he said, while handing me an approximately 700 page book on UNIX written for adults with some background in programming.

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Yes, but what does it all MEAN?

This past fall I taught an undergraduate course on American material culture. It was my first go at this type of course. I’ve taught “traditional” history courses covering everything from medieval & early modern Europe to American women’s history (my

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New possibilities dawn for Bethlehem Steel Historic Site

On January 30, a Northampton County grand jury called for the firing or resignation of Stephen G. Donches, once PR executive at Bethlehem Steel Corporation and since the 1990s, president of an effort to create a National Museum of Industrial

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Teaching with Instagram video and other meditations on technology in the classroom

There are certain books we pick up again and again. We take delight in the characters, plots, and language because they are familiar. Or perhaps we revisit the same vacation spot year after year. Repetition can be soothing and it

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Sustainable Organizations? — The Fundamentals Haven’t Changed Much

While researching women’s leadership in Philadelphia for History Making Productions, I found the wonderful essay below, called “A Recipe for an Ideal Club.”  Courtesy of the New Century Guild, founded in 1882 by Eliza Sproat Turner (1826–1903)  to address the specific needs

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Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Did you know that turkeys have a field vision of about 270 degrees, or that they fly between 50-55 miles per hour? Aristotle Thanksgiving is one of the many websites that can give you an edge with your Thanksgiving knowledge

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Don’t Be Hatin’

Hate. It ends up encompassing a spectrum of negative feelings; from annoyance (like when my cat Diderot upsets the kitchen trash for the upteenth time) to the mind-altering ire that fuels people to maim and kill. The word has become a

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Shutdown After Action Report

I had a post almost ready to put up early in October about that opinion piece by the travel writer who said he hated museums, remember that? Seems a long time ago, now.  Then the shutdown hit and blew all

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“The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” at the New York Public Library

When I visited The New York Public Library last winter in order to learn more about their research collections, I didn’t expect the Children’s Center to make such a profound impact on me. Seeing Christopher Robin Milne’s time-worn and well-loved

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Gilded Age New York: A Q&A with Barbara Gallati

The New-York Historical Society recently opened Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America  (September 26, 2013-March 9, 2014). The exhibition—curated by Barbara Dayer Gallati, curator emerita of American art at the Brooklyn Museum—explores the popularity of society portraiture across the U.S. in

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all-day CFP: The Past, Present and Futur... @ Deadline
CFP: The Past, Present and Futur... @ Deadline
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From Museum-L: Call for Papers The Past, Present and Future of Public Musicology Westminster Choir College of Rider University January 30 – February 1, 2015 Abstract Deadline:  September 1, 2014 To further research on how music scholars, performers, educators, journalists
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From H-DC: Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians 11th Biennial Symposium of the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC, March 21-22, 2015 Exploring Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art The Latrobe Chapter welcomes proposals for papers that investigate
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Attack of the Podcasters: A Hand... @ New Castle Public Library
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From Sustaining Places: Want to learn how to record and edit audio for your small museum or historic site? Podcasting, which is just one application of recording and editing audio, is an inexpensive and easy (really…trust us) way for you to get
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all-day CFP: Legacies of Black Feminisms... @ Deadline
CFP: Legacies of Black Feminisms... @ Deadline
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From H-AMSTY: What is the status of the black feminist tradition in the academy today? More urgently, how should we understand the black feminist tradition in relationship to queer and sexuality studies? How might we reconcile the animating influence of
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8:30 am Symposium: Co-Creating Narrative... @ Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Symposium: Co-Creating Narrative... @ Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Sep 17 @ 8:30 am – Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm
From the National Park Service: The National Park Service and The George Washington University Museum Studies Program have organized a two-day public symposium, Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces.  The event for NPS administrators and interpreters, academics, museum professionals, and other humanities professionals,

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