On to this week’s links…
Tomorrow is the 150th anniversary of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, the H.L. Hunley. After reporting its success however, the Civil War submarine inexplicably ended up on the bottom of the ocean. CNN reports on the continuing investigation into the mystery of why the Hunley failed so quickly after achieving such an important breakthrough in naval warfare.
In “honor” of President’s Day, Buzzfeed asked its staffers to identify the pictures of ten random U.S. Presidents and shared the results.
At the New Republic, Paul Berman looks at The Bondwoman’s Narrative to recount ”The True Story of America’s First Black Female Slave Novelist.”
In the UK, The Independent reports that historians are planning to initiate legal action against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure the timely availability of approximately 600,000 recently-declassified documents. Concerns have arisen because of recent findings and accusations that the Foreign Office has failed to report the existence of archive collections and actively limited access to them by historians and the media.
In the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof declares, “Professors, We Need You!” Kristof observes that there are a “growing number of tools available to educate the public,” academics continue to fail to engage the public as intellectuals. In making the argument, Kristof asserts that “academics have been slow to cast pearls through Twitter and Facebook.”
In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Marc Bousquets takes up Rebecca Schuman’s controversial rallying cry in Salon a few months ago about re-thinking the value and form of undergraduate research papers.
Finally, in honor of President’s Day, Groupon put out a press release that read: ”The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.” Seriously, people?