September 15th, 2011

Nathan Jennings | Create Your Badge

Final Presnell Post

April 11th, 2011

This final chapter on presentation made me wish I had read it a few weeks ago when I was still planning. Even though there isn’t much on the topic any advice is better than no advice. I like how this book is structured and how it works smoothly with the HIST 299 course.

Careers for Students of History

April 6th, 2011

I can already hear my mother saying it, “What jobs are there in history?” Sure there are teaching positions, however, unless you have a Ph.D. and are teaching at a school that pays well there isn’t much going there. The problem with historians working in museums is that when the economy is tanking (much like it is now) there is a decrease in the amount of people who attend museums and there are fewer jobs to be had. Other than that there are historians who go into publishing, editing, archival research/maintenance, work in the public sector, or become preservationists. In nearly every single field (except the public sector) the demand for jobs is much higher than the supply of them. In short it is a rough world for history majors and the best way to get a better job is to have dual degrees, higher degrees, or both. I’m not feeling so optimistic about this…

Round Table

April 4th, 2011

Unfortunately plagiarism is a serious problem in any field and at any level a person should try to enter. History is a field that is easily susceptible to this problem. Many people research the same topics frequently and certain topics can become overdone making plagiarism more and more common. However, the need for an “honor system” for the academic and professional historical communities is absurd. There can be no single overarching system that can bridge the entire historical community together without major problems. The best bet is to cite sources and be smart about the work you publish.

The Lost Museum

April 1st, 2011

This was an interesting introductory presentation, and it had its good points and bad points. The information seemed solid, though there are no quotes to show where that information came from. Also the video was a nice addition but the background music was too loud and distracted from the presentation. Despite its flaws the site seemed decent enough.

Two MLK Websites

March 30th, 2011

To be honest I nearly laughed while reading the martinlutherking.org website. The site is clearly an attempt to misguide the public, not to mention a gateway to the forum for a white supremacy group. I could barely read the site as I was both amused and disgusted at the same time. There is no point in continuing on about this site except to say that it is worthless to anyone, not just members of the historical community.

The King Center seems much more trustworthy, however I still would rather use the written material on Dr. King. The site is run by the family and would of course be portraying an image which they wished to create for him. In order to properly study this man historians need to, at least for now, stick to using the written materials that already exist.

Yet Another Presnell Reading

March 28th, 2011

Again, I have to sing this woman’s praises. She does a good job of simply stating her message even if it is directed to undergraduate history students. My only comment is I wish we could have read this a little sooner so I could have had even more time to plan my presentation. Hopefully, I’ll follow her suggestions and do a decent job when I present in a few weeks.

Class and Gender Reading

March 23rd, 2011

In general when I think of the development of a class heiarchy the sexual aspect does not immediately come to mind. However, it seems only logical that it would be one of the first defining barriers between classes. Prostitution in the Victorian era was seen as a dirty profession and people who were prostitutes were at the bottom of the class ladder. Its interesting to see the comparison between the last reading which mentioned prostitutes and this reading. It seems that, according to this article, prostitutes are the lowest of the low and the class structure is rigid and immovable. However, in the other reading the prostitute was a fairly influential member in her community and was able to advance up the social ladder.

Another Presnell Reading

March 21st, 2011

This section of her book deals in part with the use of non-traditional source material. For example, music, photographs, movies, etc. Unfortunately I don’t think the Crusaders took any film of the seige of Jerusalem and the music of the time was limited and reserved in most part to the church.

Chinese Funerary Practices

March 18th, 2011

Something interesting I noted was the Chinese’s willingness to accept outside influence into their culture when in the past they had been generally portrayed as not being receptive. The blending of funerary practices is one I was surprised with. However, this gets explained as they felt exiled from their society and had to begin anew in the U.S.