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Every(historian) A Public Historian | s-usih.org

s-usih.org - Ray Haberski
Henry Davis Sleeper was many things. He was one of America’s first professional interior decorators. He was a member of New England’s elite in the early twentieth century. He remained unmarried. He was gay. The details of this story that […]

twitterstorians 23 August 2014

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histscimedtech 23 August 2014

Third Pre-Print Article from Psychical Research Special Issue: “Haunted Thoughts of the Careful Experimentalist”, by Richard Noakes | Forbidden Histories

A pre-print version of Richard Noakes’ thought-provoking article looking at the complex relationship between unorthodox and established sciences is now available for download on the website of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. HAUNTED THOUGHTS OF THE CAREFUL EXPERIMENTALIST: PSYCHICAL RESEARCH AND THE TROUBLES OF EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS Richard Noakes, University of Exeter Abstract This paper analyses the relationship between the ‘elusive’ science of psychic…  »

histscimedtech 23 August 2014

Learn The History Of Physics In 4 Minutes | Co.Design | business + design

Physics may be an esoteric concept, but this charmingly illustrated video will get you through a few hundred years of scientific discovery.

histscimedtech 23 August 2014

Linda Hall Library

Based in Kansas City, MO, the Linda Hall Library is the nation’s largest independent research library devoted to the support of research and scholarship in the fields of science, engineering, and…

histscimedtech 23 August 2014

Redressing the Balance: Levinus Vincent’s Wonder Theatre of Nature | The Public Domain Review

publicdomainreview.org - Adam Green
Bert van de Roemer explores the curiosity cabinets of the Dutch collector Levinus Vincent and how the aesthetic drive behind his meticulous ordering of the contents was in essence religious, an attempt to emphasise the wonder of God’s creations by restoring the natural world to its prelapsarian harmony.

histscimedtech 23 August 2014

No, the first baby born under anaesthesia wasn’t named Anaesthesia

According to a recent post that’s gone viral among science and history nerds, the first baby born to a mother under anaesthesia named her baby Anaesthesia. It’s an amusing fun fact. But unfortunately, it’s too good to be true. Anaesthesia was reportedly a nickname sometimes used by the doctor who delivered the baby girl in 1847, but her real name was Wilhelmina.

histscimedtech 23 August 2014

This Week’s Top New York History News | The New York History Blog

newyorkhistoryblog.org - Editorial Staff
1614 Albany Fort Location Suggested Smithsonian Lanches Transcription Website Vandalism at Whitney Museum of Art Fire Claims Thousand Island Landmark Lake George Battleground Dig Concludes No Exec Yet For St. Law Historical Hotel Saranac Restoration Underway New Livingston Manuscript On Exhibit Old Stone Barracks Campaign Launched NPS Issues Heritage Tourism Report Follow The New York […]

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Legitimate speculations or improper fantasies: where do you draw the line? | The Trickster Prince

tricksterprince.wordpress.com - The Trickster Prince
  This sketch by L. Penn Bird was one of the illustrations that accompanied Netley Lucas’s short story “Vanity’s Consequence,” published in the popular Sovereign magazine in October 1925. It shows the New Zealand ex-soldier Joe – respectable married man by day, expert burglar by night – and his unsuspecting wife, Lucy, surprised at home by a knock at the door. Set against Lucas’s text, Bird’s illustration imagines the persistent anxieties that accompany a life of crime, and anticipates the dram…  »

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Samuel Smiles: ‘The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson.’

The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson; comprising also a history of the invention and introduction of the railway locomotive. By SAMUEL SMILES, author of ‘Self-Help,’ ‘The Hugenots,’ etc. Published Harper Brothers, New York, ca. 1868 – with additional images added to this online transcription.

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Yale University Medical Library’s Cushing Center shows more than brain collections; it also reveals medicine’s humanism.

slate.com - Elizabeth Simmons
This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed. “Would you like to see the brain collection?” my guide asked, as we finished our tour of the Yale School of Medicine. What scientist could resist? I was expecting an impersonal chamber crammed with specimens and devices. Perhaps a brightly lit, crowded, antiseptic room, like the research bays we had just been exploring. Or an old-fashioned version, resembling an untidy apothecary’s shop packed with mysterious jars.  But when we entered the C…  »

histscimedtech 22 August 2014

Fifth Annual Report | Spitalfields Life

spitalfieldslife.com - the gentle author
Five years ago, I began to write daily in these pages without any expectation of where it might lead or what the outcome might be, and now the business of seeking a story and getting photographs and putting it all together has become my way of life. I consider myself privileged to pursue an occupation that offers such a constantly renewing source of interest, avoiding any possibility of boredom and providing an ongoing education upon the subject of human life. Regular readers will be familiar w…  »

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Brian Murphy: His ability to sell Ireland 
on the international stage 
sparked economic revolution – Independent.ie

Albert Reynolds came into national politics later in life than any other person who has held the office of Taoiseach. He was 44 when he was first elected to the Dail in 1977. Liam Cosgr

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Settle the carbon debt and release the power of example! – Global plan – Climate CoLab

I suggest how to leave the dispute about historical responsibility for climate change behind and unleash the power of example.. Enter one of 18 contests on what to do about climate change. Comment, collaborate, share, submit your ideas!

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Advice for those starting short term teaching contracts | History Lab Plus

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By Lucinda Matthews-Jones I hope the advice below helps all those about to start short term teaching contracts. I’m no expert but I have had three temporary lectureships and what I offer below has been learnt in hindsight and through experience. Teaching You’ve been appointed because you’ve convinced an interview panel that you’re the best person to teach their students. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve been dazzled by your proposed module options but rather that you’ve persuaded them…  »

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

The Tragedy of American Diplomacy and US imperialism – United States Studies Centre

The mission of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is to increase understanding of the United States in Australia. Read our blog

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

The Gay Games: Then and Now | Sport in American History

By Andrew D. Linden and Lindsay Parks Pieper  The first five men to cross the stage ranged in age from 60 to 69. As the caller announced the required bodybuilding positions—“front double biceps” or “back lat spread”—the men flexed, leaned, turned, tightened, and contracted on cue. After finishing the group poses, the individual athletes performed solo routines, highlighting different parts of their muscular physiques. While this contest followed the policies of most bodybuilding competitions, s…  »

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients May Feel Better Already

nytimes.com - By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
Often ignored by front-rank architects, left to corporate specialists who churn out too many heartless buildings, hospitals are a critical frontier for design.

histscimedtech 22 August 2014

“We have to make them feel us”: Open Letters and Black Mothers’ Grief

aaihs.org - Emily Owens
In the wake of the murder of Michael Brown, and amidst this long moment of national black mourning, I want to pause with one voice (or, set of voices). That is the voice of Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, whose open letter to Michael Brown’s parents, Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., calls out to an historical community of black women who have lost their children at the hands of white America’s racism. Fulton refuses to offer platitudes, denies easy answers, …  »

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

Golden State Urbanity: 28 History Books That Get At The Heart of Metropolitan California – Tropics of Meta

For many Americans, the phrase “California history” sounds like an oxymoron. Born out of a Gold Rush and two World Wars, the Golden State, to easterners, has always seemed like the new kid on the block. Californians might have aided in such perceptions, notes the 1970s dean of West Coast literature, Joan Didion. “You might […]

twitterstorians 22 August 2014

New Online Resource: Popular History in Victorian Magazines Database (PHVM) | Book History and Print Culture Network

Periodicals were an essential part of, and reflected all aspects of Victorian culture, including the Victorians’ interest in the past. The Popular History in Victorian Magazines Database (PHVM) derives from a project on popular presentations of history in Victorian magazines: “Histories for the Many: Historical Lifeworlds in Victorian Family, Women’s and Children’s Periodicals” – “Geschichte(n) für viele: Historische Lebenswelten in Familien-, Frauen- und Kinderzeitschriften des viktorianischen…  »

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

Eavesdropping Ep16: Constructive Empiricism by Sententias on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds

Listen to Eavesdropping Ep16: Constructive Empiricism by Sententias: Constructive empiricism (CE), primarily developed by Bas van Fraassen, regards theoretical identities rather than realistically. CE allow… | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

mikemantin | This Is My Jam

“For #histmed music fans: a song made from hearing test samples” Follow mikemantin on This Is My Jam

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

EuroBrussels – Senior Scientific Officer (Humanities) – Science Europe, Brussels

Senior Scientific Officer (Humanities) Job, Science Europe, Brussels, Belgium. European Affairs Jobs in Brussels, EU Institutions and International Organisations from EuroBrussels.com

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

Historical Society Now Offering Online Archive – KMOT.COM – Minot, ND – News, Weather, Sports

The State Historical Society is giving visitors the ability to find images, documents, video and oral history with the power of their fingertips.

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

‘Wait, Your Footnotes Are in Cyberspace?’ | Vitae

When is it appropriate for print scholarship to direct readers online for citations? The flap over Rick Perlstein’s ‘The Invisible Bridge’ has given academics plenty of food for thought.

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

Who Has a Right to Pain Relief? – The Atlantic

theatlantic.com - Rebecca Davis O’Brien
“Pain has become our fifth vital sign.” Speaking last fall at a New Jersey symposium on pain management called “Do No Harm,” the chairman of emergency services at Hackensack University Medical Center said what his audience of doctors and nurses hardly needed to be told. We are all familiar with the medical routine: The thermometer beeps, the blood pressure gauge sighs, breaths and pulse are recorded—and then we’re asked, these days, how much it hurts on a scale of one to 10. Pain didn’t get the…  »

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

Groundbreaking Historians | s-usih.org

s-usih.org - Andrew Hartman
Tonight my graduate seminar on “Philosophy of History and Historiography” meets for the first time. Your many wonderful comments and suggestions on my post a few weeks back, which I will share with my students, have helped me better conceptualize the course. […]

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

From Freedom Summer to Black August | Dissent Magazine

dissentmagazine.org - Dan Berger
Why civil rights activists should champion a little-known prisoner holiday {…}

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

Fellowships | Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to offer competitive fellowships of $2,500 to support research based on our collections. Fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of five days in the Library & Archives; stipends may be used towards transportation, living, and other expenses. Eligibility Graduate and undergraduate students from the US and abroad University faculty from the US and abroad Independent scholars Requirements

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

AAS Collections Launch in Metadata Games |

pastispresent.org - Molly Hardy
Just over a year ago, our graphic arts curator, Lauren Hewes, announced that we had completed the photographing of over 600 political cartoons produced in the United States between 1764 and 1876, and that these images were now available in GIGI, our digital image archive. This comprehensive collection includes everything from early cartoons relating to […]

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) :: Crowdsourcing World War I: “The Lives of the First World War”

Explore the Imperial War Museum’s massive crowd-source digitization project, "The Lives of the First World War." Luke Smith, the project’s digital director, believes the site may serve as an archive for future research and a pedagogical tool. Please share your thoughts on crowd-sourced history with our readers at the end of the post.

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

How to Build a Universal Collection, or Nicknackatory | The Sloane Letters Blog

sloaneletters.com - James Hawkes
By James Hawkes The sheer immensity of Sloane’s collection poses a daunting challenge for the researcher, especially given its present division among different institutions. It might be useful to consider Sloane’s collection alongside smaller and more manageable (not to mention intact!) ones. I recently had the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom as part of […]

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

IN-DEPTH: A Look At The Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planétarium, An Entire Solar System On Your Wrist — HODINKEE – Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories

In this deep world of horology, it’s easy to lose sight of just how fascinating the careful assortment of gears, jewels, levers, and screws that make up a wristwatch movement really are. But when you encounter a watch like the Midnight Planétarium from Van Cleef & Arpels, you’re forced to pause. You’re forced to pause and consider the elegant interplay of mechanics and artistry illustrated by a timepiece like this, in which an impossibly tiny solar system revolves around a dial in accurate harm…

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

The Project | Narrativesofglasgow’s Blog

In 2010 Angela Bartie, Susan Batchelor, and Alistair Fraser interviewed a range of individuals who had first hand experience of Easterhouse in the 1960s. These included a minister, social worker, police officer, social researcher and a youth worker. This summer, Angela Bartie and Alistair Fraser are building on this research, interviewing young people about their…

twitterstorians 21 August 2014

Historical antecedents to experimental Ebola treatments

We had the chance this week to sit down with physician and historian Scott Podolsky to discuss the history of serum therapy. Podolsky is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Medical Library.

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

Fantastically Wrong: Why People Were Terrified of Nighttime Air Until the 1900s | Science | WIRED

wired.com - Matt Simon
If you’re a millennial like me, you remember the Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark?, in which kids sit around a campfire (or flickering stage lights or whatever), taking turns giving each other anxiety disorders with scary stories. The title is a bit of a silly question, though. Everyone is to some degree […]

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

The Plague in Rhyme (Or Not)

Vishwas R. Gaitonde – We all know them and grow up loving them. They are the nursery rhymes and limericks of our youth, but is there a more macabre origin to these simple verses? TPR Contributor Vishwas Gaitonde explores the Black Plague and its possible effect on well-known rhymes.

histscimedtech 21 August 2014

Govard Bidloo’s Anatomia corporis humani, first…

Govard Bidloo’s Anatomia corporis humani, first published in Latin in 1685, is one of the most famous early modern anatomical atlases.  The beautifully rendered illustrations by artist Gerard de Lairesse are notable in how they differ from previous conventions of anatomical illustration.  While the dissected figures seen in the works of Italian anatomists such as Vesalius and Casserius posed in lifelike positions, de Lairesse depicted the corpses as the dead bodies they were, and sometimes even…  »

histscimedtech 21 August 2014