James Billington closes the book on the Library of Congress. The employees of the LoC apparently have some requests of their new boss—that he know how to use the internet and that s/he not “lash out at people and yell at them and throw things.”
This week the AHA, MLA, and twenty other organizations released a statement in favor of strong tenure and academic freedom protections in response to the recent actions of the Wisconsin legislature.
Members of The Junto have been busy. At Uncommon Sense, our colleague Joe Adelman looks back at the first six months of running the Octo for the Omohundro Institute. On Christian Century, our colleague Jessica Parr discussed the modern day relevance of George Whitefield, in support of her recently-released book. Friend of the blog and guest poster, Liz Covart, discusses strategies for monetizing digital history.
Michael Bundock discusses his book on the Jamaican slave who inherited from Samuel Johnson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDovNVKEu6o&feature=youtu.be.
The Virginia Historical Society announced that its film series will feature Meet Me in the Bottom, about the struggle to reclaim Richmond’s African Burying Ground. Also in Virginia, UVA has announced that it will name its new dorm in honor of two slaves who worked for the University prior to their emancipation.
A few digital history projects also caught our eye this week. Mapping the landscape of a scandal. How Satan went viral in Salem. Finally, not American history, but a French scholar has produced a terrific new digital history project, recreating the streets of 18th-century Paris.
For all of you who are heading to Chicago for OIEAHC/SEA, enjoy! If you’re like me and not attending, remember to follow along at the hashtag #OISEA2015.