I\’m Too Sexy for My Master\’s Thesis

call for papers: Southern Jewish Historical Society

Posted in history,scholarship by Rae on 18 September 2006
The Southern Jewish Historical Society will hold its annual conference
co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington in
Washington, DC, November 2-4, 2007.  The title of the conference is
"Honoring the Past for the Sake of the Future." Proposals for sessions
or individual papers (1-1/2 page abstracts and short bios) on any aspect of
the southern Jewish experience are welcome.  Although January 5, 2007 is the
target deadline, sessions will be evaluated as they are received and 
individual proposals will be considered as they can be paired with other papers.
To submit proposals or if you are interested in serving as a panel chair or
commentator, please contact Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield (stevewhitfield@juno.com;
781-736-3035), and/or Dr. Mark K. Bauman (markkbauman@aol.com; 404-366-3306),
SJHS 2007 Program Co-Chairs.

endnote add-on

Posted in tools by Rae on 18 September 2006

Firefox now has a handy-dandy Endnote add-on for all you Endnote users. I only used Endnote for one class ever, as I found it easier to just put the bibliography together myself. Plus, I’m the kind who actually enjoys typing up bibliographical information. What can I say? I love everything about and related to books.

call for papers: Open the Book, Open the Mind

Posted in history,scholarship by Rae on 15 September 2006

SHARP 2007 Conference: Open the Book, Open the Mind

The fifteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of 
Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Minneapolis 
at the University of Minnesota on July 11-15, 2007. SHARP is the leading 
international association for historians of print culture, enlisting 
more than 1,200 scholars world-wide; its members study "the creation, 
dissemination, and reception of script and print, including newspapers, 
periodicals, and ephemera," as well as the history of books. The 
forthcoming conference is organized in cooperation with the College of 
Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota 
Libraries; Minneapolis Public Library; Minnesota Historical Society, and 
Minnesota Center for Book Arts -- a part of Open Book.

The conference theme, "Open the Book, Open the Mind," will highlight how 
books develop and extend minds and cultures, and also how they are 
opened to new media and new purposes. However, individual papers or 
sessions may address any aspect of book history and print or manuscript 

The conference organizers invite proposals for individual presentations, 
and also for complete panels of three presentations on a unifying topic. 
As is the SHARP custom, each session of 90 minutes will feature three 
papers of up to 20 minutes, providing time for substantive discussion 
with members of the audience. Proposals should be submitted via the 
online conference website by November 30, 2006: please go to 
http://purl.oclc.org/NET/SHARP2007proposals and follow the directions 
provided there.

Each individual proposal should contain a title, an abstract of no more 
than 300 words, and brief biographical information about the author or 
co-authors. Session proposals should explain the theme and goals, as 
well as include the three individual abstracts.

Each year SHARP provides funding support for a few partial travel grants 
for advanced graduate students and for independent scholars. If you 
would like to apply for such support please do so online, as you submit 
your proposal.

In keeping with the theme of the conference, a "pre-conference" of 
practical workshops and a plenary session devoted to book arts and 
artists' books will be held at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts at 
Open Book, near the University of Minnesota campus, on Tuesday, July 10, 
2007. Details about that pre-conference and about the main conference 
program, registration, and housing arrangements will be made available 
early in 2007 at the general conference web site, 
http://www.cce.umn.edu/conferences/sharp. Much information about SHARP 
2007 and its location, including hotel-reservation information, is 
already available there.

piled higher and deeper

Posted in scholarship,tips by Rae on 14 September 2006

When I first subscribed to PhD, the only notification option for new comics was a link via email. Now Piled Higher and Deeper has an RSS feed, and new comics are delivered directly to Bloglines!

For a good sample comic, click here.

this is embarrassing…

Posted in history by Rae on 14 September 2006

I have a bunch of links to interesting articles waiting to be posted. The embarrassing thing is that I thought I had posted them a while back, so now they’re out-dated.

But, I’m going to post them anyway, just in case you missed any of it.


Iran Exhibits Anti-Jewish Art:

The title of the show is “Holocaust International Cartoon Contest,” or “Holocust,” as the show’s organizers spell the word in promotional material. But the content has little to do with the events of World War II and Nazi Germany.


Shawn Green: A Power Hitter. And a Source of Jewish Pride.


A Swastika, 60 Years Submerged, Still Inflames Debate:

“We do not object to the recovery effort itself,” said Ernesto Kreimerman, president of the Uruguayan Jewish Committee. “This vessel is an historical artifact that offers testimony to one of the darkest periods of modern times. But when it comes time to commercialize the insignia, we believe that it must go to a museum, not into private hands, and that photographs be controlled.”


Rob Reiner attacks Gibson’s films:

Hollywood director and actor Rob Reiner has called on The Passion of the Christ director Mel Gibson to acknowledge that “his work reflects anti-Semitism”.


Mason Sues Jews for Jesus Over Pamphlet. Click here to see the offending tract.


A Benefactor for Yiddish Theater Treasures.


Posted in scholarship by Rae on 14 September 2006

The History Enthusiast has a great post on homeschooling:

I firmly believe that my homeschool background has dramatically impacted my scholarly interests and achievements and turned me into the academic that I am (cliche, I know, but true). I have no regrets about being homeschooled, and there are a number of reasons why homeschooling can be beneficial.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I was homeschooled. As was my husband. Sure, our level of success is partly due to our own talents and personalities, but we also attribute it to having been homeschooled. Though I think the old homeschooling stereotypes will be around for a while, but it’s good to know that more positive opinions are coming to light.

new community college Hebrew program

Posted in scholarship by Rae on 28 August 2006

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.

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