This is the first post in our new forum, What We’re Reading. It is very fitting that Audra contributed the first post, as the forum itself was her own brilliant idea! We hope you will soon share with us what you are reading. And please feel free to comment on what others are reading! You can find this and all future posts in What We’re Reading at the bottom of ‘Categories’ on the sidebar.
What I’m Reading: January 19, 2013, Dr. Audra Jennings, Director, Office of Scholar Development
For much of January, I have been focused on two things: history and my upcoming honors course on medicine and society. Those two subjects frame what I have been reading.
- “Forging Path to Starting Line for Younger Disabled Athletes:” This New York Times raises interesting questions about disability rights, athletics, and the law.
- “When Dr. Seuss took on Adolf Hitler:” As a historian of World War II and great lover of all things Seuss, I loved this short Atlantic piece on Dr. Seuss’ World War II drawings.
- “Hypochondria: An Inside Look:” In this New York Times piece Woody Allen offers a humorous analysis of hypochondria
- A recent Guardian article about the tech industry in Detroit suggests that the Motor City might have a reason to hope. Read the Guardian article alongside Kevin Boyle’s 2009 requiem for the city he called home as a child and analysis of urban decline. (“Detroit: after decades of urban blight, technology boom gives Motor City hope“)
- “Requiem: Detroit and the Fate of Urban America”
I love late-December/early-January and the spate of “best-of” articles this time of year produces. Here are a few that gave me ideas for 2013: