Casting: Host for TV Series

I work for a TV production company in LA and we're teaming up with a network to develop a series about exploring and history.

basic premise of the show is this:  A host or team or hosts will
explore different sites around the world and explain why they are
interesting/noteworthy/etc.  There will be an element of exploring as
they wander around these sites.  We envision our host as someone in
their 20s/30s/40s/50s but are open to anyone who is passionate about
what they do.  We thought historians would be a perfect fit for this.

If anyone is interested, I’d love to hear from you!  Feel free to send any information to:
Look forward to hearing from you.

Stack of Books

Bibliographic Database Question

My school has RefWorks so I've long used that to organize my dissertation and teaching sources (separate accounts). I have a couple of problems with the program, however, and am interested in either having someone better at using RefWorks than I am tell me how to make it work for me, or in getting suggestions on specific programs that might work better for me.

Problem 1: RefWorks is terrible about handling archival materials. I've played around with it enough that I have some things that make it kind of work, but if there is something out there that natively works better with archival material, I'd be very interested in giving it a try. Given the idiosyncratic reference preferences of individual archives, I suspect it just isn't possible to design a program that can handle them, but I'd love to be proven wrong.

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One thing I love about RefWorks is that it is online. Being able to access my sources from any computer is a huge plus. It's annoying when the internet is out, but I have that problem far less often than I want to access my database from a computer not my own. I'd really like an online database, but if there is something out there that will solve my folder / tagging problem in particular, I might be willing to take it even without online access. I'm willing to pay for a program or service, but it can't be a lot as I am, of course, a broke grad student.

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  • zhelana

a research question

I'm trying to look at textbooks in specific states at specific times - namely, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, California, and Massachusetts in the 1980s and 1990s. I know several of these states have a list of books that is determined by the department of education, so theoretically I should be able to find these lists. Does anyone have any idea how? I've tried looking in bibliographies of other books about textbooks, but those don't say what states the books were used in, just what states they were published in, and also, don't provide all the books used. I've also tried googling for these lists, and I've managed to come up with the current lists, but not past lists. But this tells me that the lists exist somewhere... just not sure how to figure out where.
truth and vision, history

Christianity and courtly love

Any recommendations on works that deal with the relationship between courtly love and religious literature in medieval Europe? So far I am looking at material mainly related to either vernacular mysticism like the Beguines or the Arthurian legends. I have all of Barbara Newman's works, some of Peter Dronke's work on medieval love lyrics, and some miscellaneous essays and works on Arthuriana and Christianity. However, I would love to find monographs or even essays that deal more directly with this topic.... Thank you!

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Does anyone else find that the absolute worst part of writing a paper is the citation? I can get into a rhythm when I write, but footnotes break that up. I can write an entire page of text in a few minutes and it will be coherent and even occasionally informative, but making two small footnotes seem like drudgery.

area studies vs. history

i'm interested in getting a degree in middle eastern studies (focusing in middle eastern history) but i've been told that i should just get a history degree instead and focus in middle eastern history. im aware that in the future (if i should attempt to apply for a tt position in history dept), it might be very difficult for me get accepted. but what do you all think? my former professor stated that the training in history is the most rigorous and thorough than any other area. (with some bias, of course) but i'd also like tog et my degree within 5 years or less. and a phd in history (as we all know) can also add up to 8-10 years (depending on area of study ... and in my case, middle eastern study can take up to 8+ years) please tell me what you think. thanks!
  • jak723

Paying for graduate school

Hello, I have read and heard quite a few times, "don't get into debt going to graduate school". I applied to three graduate programs, have not heard back yet, so I don't know if I will get any assistance. But if I don't get an assistantship, what am I supposed to do? I do want to go to graduate school, even if I get in some debt. What are your opinions on this?...
  • joane

Citation question - sources within sources

This is probably a really obvious answer to most, but it's something I've never quite been able to get a handle on. (And I've had different profs give different answers over the years when I have asked previously).

When you have a primary source cited within a secondary source - say, Dr. John Appleseed, in his paper on the genetic line of the Macintosh apple, quotes from a letter written from the colonies back home in the 1500s. I toddle off and pull the letter from Joe Q. Apple, esq. from EEBO and take a look. I end up using the original letter in my paper as well.

Do I cite Joe Q Apple as a primary source with no reference to Dr. John Appleseed in that specific citation, since I pulled the letter and looked at it separately (instead of taking Appleseed's word for what it said)?

Or do I cite Joe Apple's letter as originally being referenced by Dr. Appleseed, even though I'm using it independently of Appleseed's points, because he's the one who found the thing in the first place and I'm piggybacking on his work?

It feels like cheating to use an obscure primary source and not make note of how I came across it, but on the other hand, if I find and follow up on an interesting and useful book or journal article in a paper's footnotes or works cited, I don't mention *that* in my own paper's footnotes.

What's the protocol there?
  • Current Mood

Do I need an M.A.? And did I screw myself?

I am considering applying for grad school, with the intent to get a Ph.D. in U.S. history. I have two questions, though, and my Google skills have failed me.

1. Do I need to apply for a master's degree program, or can I apply for doctorate programs right off the bat? Or, in other words, will not having an M.A. make applying for Ph.D. programs a waste of time and money? Google has given me answers consisting of "Yes," "No," and "It depends on the program."

2. A few years back, I entered a M.Ed. program through University of Phoenix. At the time, I was having trouble getting a full-time job (I was working several part time jobs instead) and thought it would bring me job security. About a year into the program, I was hired full-time at a newspaper.

Long story short, I completed the required courses, but when it came time to do the student teaching, a lack of money and the crashing economy (I live in California, and right as I was ready to start arranging student teaching, the districts I live near started laying off hundreds of teachers) made it unwise for me to leave my job for four months, especially with that job turning to layoffs and furloughs already. I withdrew from the program.

I'm not crushed, because observations and classes showed me that teaching at the high school level would probably be very frustrating for me (the state curriculum makes me kind of ragey, and it really seems like high school teachers have to cram in too much stuff and can't go in-depth into anything), but I'm wondering if having withdrawn from a previous graduate study program will look really terrible when applying for grad school?

I apologize if these questions have been asked before. I skimmed through the past few months of entries and didn't find anything about either.

EDIT: Thank you all for the excellent advice! I really appreciate it. And I will definitely be looking into your suggestions.
good grief!

what to do with history degree?

If ever someone asks you what you can do with a degree in history, you can now point them towards this article and say, with a David Caruso-esque attitude, "take down the man."

One of the reasons I love historians (or at least the cool ones)/being one:

Historians Take Stand To Explain The Origins Of Marriage

Today, expert testimony begins in Perry v. Schwarzenegger - the trial to overturn Proposition 8 in California, and two historians - one specializing in marriage, the other in gay rights - are preparing to take the stand.