You may remember Erin Bartram and Mary Sanders from our AHA coverage here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. Erin is a doctoral student in history at the University of Connecticut and Mary is a doctoral student in history at Oklahoma State University.
I want to call your attention to their new blog: "Digital Grad Lounge." What I like about this blog is the fact that Erin and Mary have an open call for contributors. They want to have a conversation with fellow history grad students. Here is a taste of their introductory post:
blog is growing out of the conversations between two young historians
at the 2013 meeting of the American Historical Association. Erin
Bartram is a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut, where she
studies religion and gender in 19th-century United States history. Mary
Sanders is a PhD student at Oklahoma State University, where she
studies the religious responses to terrorism. We think that we are not
the only two people who are having these conversations. The Digital
Grad Lounge is our attempt to reach out to those of you who might be out
there, like us, having long, passionate conversations about the life
that we've chosen to live.
are inspired by William Cronon's 2013 AHA Presidential Address, which
focused on the importance of storytelling. We think that graduate
students have important stories, and that we should share them.
of Cronon's inspirations was the 1931 Presidential Address by Carl
Becker, "Everyman His Own Historian." We thought we would inaugurate
this blog by reading Becker's address, which can be found at this link.
mission, should you choose to accept it? Read Becker's address and
give us your thoughts on how it relates to our contemporary mission as
historians. Please limit your responses to 200-400 words, and email
them to email@example.com by January 20, 2013. Please include
a one-sentence bio about you and your work.
Anonymous submissions will
not be posted; this rule will stand in general on the blog. We hope to
cultivate a professional place for conversation, and do not feel that
anonymous submissions have a place here.
January 21, we will publish whatever you have sent us in the hopes of
beginning a conversation about the discipline and our place in it.
Thank you...and good luck!
OK history graduate students. It is time to weigh in on Becker's seminar article.