The Chronicle profiles Greg Castillo’s Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design, which reveals the tactics used by the American government to seduce citizens of the Soviet bloc with state-of-the-art consumer goods and appliances.
Historian and author Jean M. O’Brien (Ojibwe) has a very nice Q&A posted at the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies blog. O’Brien, who is associate professor of history and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota, is author of Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England, which will … More Tracing the persistent myth of Native extinction
**SEE STORY UPDATE BELOW** Author Despina Stratigakos may not have won her campaign for Architect Barbie in Mattell’s “I Can Be” contest. But she is picking up some serious credit, including an appearance on Architect Magazine’s website, for her role in encouraging females to think of themselves as architect material. “Discussions about diversity in architecture … More "Architect Barbie" may have lost, but the campaign for women in architecture continues
Juliet Koss talks with NPR Berlin’s “The Berlin Journal” radio show about her forthcoming book Modernism after Wagner (February 2010). She iterates that this is not just another book on Wagner, rather it is about his term Gesamtkunstwerk, how it is a term often thrown around yet not clearly defined and contextualized. She says: Certainly … More On the Gesamtkunstwerk
Congratulations to Despina Stratigakos, whose book A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City has been awarded the DAAD Book Prize of the German Studies Association. The prize is funded through the North American office of the German Academic Exchange Service and carries an award of $1,000. Here’s a mix of recent (and somewhat recent) articles … More 2009 DAAD Book Prize of the GSA