I\’m Too Sexy for My Master\’s Thesis

new community college Hebrew program

Posted in scholarship by Rae on 28 August 2006

Cali College to debut Hebrew program. (via Inside Higher Ed)


manuscripts behind the scenes webcast

Posted in history,scholarship by Rae on 23 August 2006

Check out this Manuscripts Behind the Scenes webcast from the Library of Congress. If features Marvin Kranz, a historical specialist in the LoC Manuscript Division, who gives a personal tour of the manuscript stacks, highlighting some of their most remarkable holdings and offering his expert views on what makes these documents powerful windows into the American past. Sweet! (via The Ten Thousand Year Blog)

Katrina’s Jewish Voices

Posted in history by Rae on 23 August 2006

Katrina’s Jewish Voices:

The project is creating a virtual archive of stories, images, and reflections about the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Jewish communities before and after Hurricane Katrina.

I spent a few hours last night watching part of Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary last night. It offered a single-faceted view of a very complex situation.

(link via ClioWeb)

fashion and the grad student

Posted in scholarship by Rae on 16 August 2006

When getting dressed for my thesis defense, I wasn’t sure what to wear as I live in a hot place. I wanted to combine cute with professional without wearing clothes that would leave me soaked with sweat. I think my choice of dressy, sateen tank top (in avocado green) with unlined, designer wool pants (black with off-white pin stripes) and sleek flip flops (in spicy orange) worked out well. Plus, I used my new, big boho bag that fit everything I needed (including a cardigan in case the a/c was up too high).

Honestly, though, I could have worn my frumpiest outfit and still looked stellar compared to most of the people who mill about the History department. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a coincidence that most grad students and professors have no fashion sense, or if it is some kind of prerequisite for serious scholarship. I’m not saying everyone should look like a fashionista, but people shouldn’t look askance at a student or professor who puts together a nice outfit. Looking hot should not cancel out genius.

So there.

no super sexy wednesday 14

Posted in progress by Rae on 9 August 2006

This move is taking every bit of my energy and time, but the next phase of my life begins next week. Therefore, things are looking up.

super sexy wednesday 13

Posted in history,scholarship by Rae on 2 August 2006

For those interested in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av begins tonight. It is the saddest day of the Jewish year. Read here to find out why.

Whoa! UC May Join Google’s Library Project! (via Open Access News)


The July/August issue of D-Lib Magazine has lots of goodies, including an article on WikiD.


Check out the August/September issue of Innovate:

The August/September 2006 issue of Innovate provides assessments of
emerging technologies for educational practice, studies of recent efforts
at technology integration, and a commentary that promises to provoke
engaging discussion about the role of technology in education.


Version 63 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is up.


Program‘s (a journal on electronic library and information systems) lastest issue focuses on institutional repositories.


At Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee reports on “The Power of Postpositive Thinking.” As someone with a BA in Jewish Studies, I’m glad to find out about the Future of Minority Studies Research Project.


History Carnival XXXVI is ready and waiting for your perusal at Clews.


The 350th anniversary of the excommunication of the philosopher Baruch Spinoza was last week. (via Failed Messiah)


Germany signs Nazi files accord:

Germany has signed an agreement to open for research purposes vast Nazi archives containing millions of files on Holocaust victims.



Ezra Fleischer, Expert on Hebrew Poetry, Is Dead at 78:

Professor Fleischer was among the major scholars who studied and cataloged the Cairo Geniza, a treasury of documents, some of which dated to the first century A.D., discovered by Western scholars in a synagogue in Old Cairo the late 1800’s. A geniza is a repository for worn-out texts traditionally kept in a synagogue because, under Jewish law, paper with sacred writing on it cannot be simply discarded; in this case the texts spanned 1,900 years.

Anthony Cave Brown, 77, Historian of Espionage, Is Dead.

Frederick G. Kilgour, Innovative Librarian, Dies at 92:

Leaving government service, Mr. Kilgour joined Yale University, eventually becoming its associate librarian for research and development. In 1955, as the librarian of the Yale School of Medicine, he helped the university acquire one of the world’s most famous medical manuscripts, The Codex Paneth, an illuminated medical encyclopedia from the early 14th century.

In 1967, he was hired by the Ohio College Association to develop O.C.L.C., which pooled the catalogs of 54 academic libraries in the state. Introduced in 1971, O.C.L.C. was expanded to libraries outside Ohio in 1977. Mr. Kilgour was O.C.L.C.’s president and executive director from 1967 to 1980.

Alexander Safran, 95, Former Chief Rabbi, Is Dead:

Alexander Safran, the former chief rabbi of Romania who tried to prevent the deportation of Jews by his country’s pro-Nazi regime during World War II, died on Thursday at his home here [Geneva]. He was 95.

About half of the 800,000 Jews who lived in Romania before World War II were killed during the war. But the fact that many were saved was widely attributed to Rabbi Safran’s efforts.

Kurt Kreuger, 89, Actor in Many War Films, Dies:

Mr. Kreuger played German soldiers and Nazi officers in movies like “Hotel Berlin,” “Paris Underground” and “Sahara,” a 1943 production starring Humphrey Bogart, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. After the war he continued to play German soldiers and other types of movie villains.

Are German soldiers villians? Shouldn’t that specify Nazi soldiers?

Keith R. DeVries, 69, Authority on Ancient City of King Midas, Dies.


My apologies for the below-par content this Wednesday. By way of explanation, feel free to read this post on my other blog.