As the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, noted at the beginning of last night's Jefferson Lecture, Ken Burns was an extraordinarily apt choice to deliver this honorary talk in the celebratory 50th year of the Endowment. Tens of millions of Americans have viewed his landmark documentaries on the Civil War, … Continue reading Ken Burns and Mrs. Jennings
"History isn't rocket science." I distinctly remember Frank Turner, my mentor at Yale, saying that to me in 1995 over a beer on Charlotte Street in London after a day looking at documents in the Royal Society archive. "What did you see?" What I had seen was a number of documents showing a famous mathematician … Continue reading Frank Turner: A Great Mentor, Scholar, and Friend
I'm hopeful that one of the readers of this blog will fit the bill for this critical job on the Zotero team. Please think about joining us at the Center for History and New Media, a vibrant, fun place to work.
Hopefully it doesn't sound this way to our audience, but it's harder than one might imagine to put together a regular podcast. Due to our very busy schedules and some happy and sad events over the past few months, Mills, Tom, and I just weren't able to find the time this summer to record a … Continue reading Digital Campus #43 – Summer Wrap-up
I'm giving the plenary at the "Future Perfect" conference today in Waco, TX. For the audience, here are some links: You can send me comments or questions live via Twitter. Send a reply to @dancohen and it will pop up on my screen. Introduction to Digital History: The Advantages and Disadvanges of Digital Media and … Continue reading Future Perfect Plenary Links
Here in Washington, the compound adjective of the moment is "shovel-ready." That's the description of stimulus projects that are ready to go on the day President-elect Obama takes office. For the most part, as the term implies, it refers to large infrastructure projects like the building of new roads or bridges. But one obvious project … Continue reading Scanner-Ready
I wanted to mention (slightly belatedly) some exciting developments related to the award-winning Omeka platform for museums, libraries, and other scholarly content providers. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has generously given the Center for History and New Media two grants to add functionality within and beyond Omeka, functionality that I believe says a lot about … Continue reading Kress Funds New Omeka Features