Linda Salvucci: History is being crowded out of the daily school schedules in many states across the nation; only 12 minutes a week?


History Buzz

Source: CNN, 6-17-11

This past week, we learned that American students are less proficient in the history of the United States than in any other subject. The New York Times reported that the National Assessment of Educational Progress released the results of a nationwide exam given to thousands of students. According to the results, most fourth graders couldn’t explain why Abraham Lincoln was important. Eighth graders couldn’t identify why American forces had an advantage over the British during the Revolution…READ MORE

Saunders, Grant, Plokhy among Lionel Gelber Prize nominees

Source: Quill & Quire, 1-17-11

Three Canadians are among the nominees for the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize: Globe and Mail European bureau chief Doug Saunders received a nod for his book about the global shift toward urbanization, historian Shelagh D. Grant was nominated for her authoritative history of competing claims over Arctic sovereignty, and Harvard University professor S.M. Plokhy was shortlisted for his revisionist account of the 1945 Yalta Conference.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

  • Yalta: The Price of Peace by S.M. Plokhy (Viking)
  • Why the West Rules – for Now by Ian Morris (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Arrival City: The Final Migration and our Next World Doug Saunders (Knopf Canada)
  • The Hungry World: America’s Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia by Nick Cullather (Harvard University Press)
  • Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America by Shelagh D. Grant (Douglas & McIntyre)

The $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize is awarded annually to “the world’s best non-fiction book in English that seeks to deepen public debate on significant global issues.” This year’s winner will be announced on March 1, 2011, with the winning author set to deliver the annual Lionel Gelber Lecture at a March 29 awards ceremony at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. The winner will also appear in Washington, D.C., at an event hosted by co-presenter Foreign Policy magazine.

Paul Cadario is the chair of the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize jury. He is joined by jurors David Frum, Rachel Lomax, Mark Starowicz, and Steven Weber.

Melissa Walker: Haley’s history lesson suggests problems ahead

Source: The SC State, 1-17-11

I have spent the past six months trying to support the campaign and then the governorship of Gov. Nikki Haley. As a historian of women in the United States, nothing warms my heart more than when women gain seats at the tables of power. Though her politics were often a bit to the right of my own, and I had concerns about her grasp of the complexities of the issues facing our state and her overly partisan approach, I was happy that a woman and an Asian-American had been elected to the highest office in my state.

Unfortunately, Gov. Haley’s inaugural address destroyed any illusions I had that she had a good grasp of the state’s history and the challenges it faces in the coming four years. A competent governor ought to surround herself with competent researchers who will provide solid background for her speeches. Gov. Haley has failed right off the bat. Her inaugural address is riddled with inaccuracies and superficial statements about our state’s complex, rich and important history that suggest a shallow understanding of our past, present and future, undermining her credibility even before she has an opportunity to accomplish anything positive for our state…READ MORE

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