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  • Rise and Shine, Detroit by Andrew Nelson (National Geographic Traveler)

    Mar 1, 2012
    It's not called a "tug" of memory for nothing: I'm outside Detroit's railroad station, and I instantly recall my mother's gloved hand pulling mine as we rushed through the vast atrium that was inspired by the imperial baths of ancient Rome. We are in a hurry to get somewhere, and Detroit is, too. Even a little boy in the mid-1960s notices the tempo. The Motor City is in motion. We build America's cars. Thanks to Berry Gordy's Motown, the world hums our songs. The city, fifth largest in the U.S. by population, is at the top of its game.

    Today, Michigan Central Station still looks Roman, but it's a Roman ruin. Closed since 1988 and stripped of valuables by vandals, or "scrappers," the empty hulk symbolizes my old hometown's decline, buckling beneath crime, corruption, and events such as the 1967 riots, the 1970s gas shortages, and the rise of Asian auto imports. My family, like others, moved away. A city of almost two million residents in 1950 shrank to 713,777 in 2010.

    To visitors, Detroit's attractions verged on the desperate: Three new casinos corralled gamblers inside windowless rooms; a desultory monorail circled downtown. The city's collapse actually created a new business in "ruin porn," as locals escorted tourists eager to experience the postapocalyptic atmosphere of decaying factories and abandoned offices.

    But Detroit has been down so long, any change would be up. And "up" is why I've returned. Something's happening in Michigan's southeast corner. Call it a rising, a revival, a new dawn-there's undeniable energy emanating from Detroit. America noticed it first at the 2011 Super Bowl. Chrysler debuted a TV commercial with rapper Eminem, star of the film 8 Mile (named after the road that serves as Detroit's northern border). The ad crystallized the city's spiky, muscular pride and won an Emmy, but Detroit was the real winner.

    Read the full story on for a great description of Detroit's architecture, including the Guardian Building where the SAH Benefit will be held on April 21. Story includes a great review of Roast, a popular restaurant in the SAH Conference Hotel.

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  • DHCommons Launches for All Users by Ryan Cordell

    Jan 25, 2012
    I've written twice in the past few months about DHCommons, a new centerNet initiative "focused on matching digital humanities projects seeking assistance with scholars interested in project collaboration." In this third and final DHCommons post (at least for awhile), I wanted to let ProfHacker  readers know that DHCommons launched for all users with a preconvention workshop at MLA in January.

    We'll be working in the coming months and years to reach out to isolated digital humanities scholars and help connect them to collaborators. If you have a digital project idea and need help, if you'd like to get started in digital humanities by helping on an established project, or if you have expertise to offer, visit DHCommons and:

  • browse the growing list of projects seeking help,
  • create a new account,
  • and contribute your own ideas.

    Find help—offer help—collaborate!

    View original post on The Chronicle of Higher Education: Prof Hacker

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  • Catching up with MLA and AHA

    Jan 9, 2012

    A collection of news stories about the Modern Language Association's annual meeting in Seattle and American Historical Association's annual meeting in Chicago.

    New Report Shows More Jobs for History PhD Holders

    The Fight for Public Higher Education A Twitter round-up of this panel on 'taking back higher education'

    Writing History in a Digital Age - Ideas Market - WSJ

    Government Secrecy Is Discussed at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting -

    MLA Sessions Give Job Seekers Practical Advice and Hope - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Amanda Krauss: My Post-Academic Year

    MLA considers radical changes in the dissertation | Inside Higher Ed

    Anguish Trumps Activism at the MLA - Labor & Work-Life Issues - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Highlights from the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago | History News Network

    Highlights from the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago | History News Network

    Times Higher Education - Inside Higher Ed: Kill peer review or reform it?

    Four Tips for a Non-Teaching Academic Job Search - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    OK, Let's Teach Graduate Students Differently. But How? - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Historians Reflect on Forces Reshaping Their Profession - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Pannapacker at MLA: Alt-Ac Is the Future of the Academy - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

    MLA rejects proposal to urge members to talk in class about budget cuts | Inside Higher Ed

    A new Occupy movement focuses on the MLA | Inside Higher Ed

    MLA suggests questions departments should ask about adjuncts | Inside Higher Ed

    Historians ponder state of the job market | Inside Higher Ed

    Essay on new approach to defend the value of the humanities | Inside Higher Ed

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