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Award of Merit for Lost Communities

Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg's Lost Communities has won the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. The Award of Merit is part of the AASLH's Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.


The High Cost of Learning

The University of Virginia is one of the nation's top institutions of higher learning. Establishing credibility was a process, however, not a given—even with Thomas Jefferson as its founder. UVa went through very real growing pains, as Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos make clear in their new book Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson's Struggle to Save the University that Changed America. In the following piece, coathor Carlos Santos takes on an issue at the center of higher learning—tuition—and illustrates how Edgar Allan Poe's folks didn't have it any better than your folks...

Much has changed at the University of Virginia in the past 185 years, but not tuition shock—that feeling of parental despair and pain over the cost of a college education.  UVa President Teresa A. Sullivan recently released some sticker-shock news. She announced changes to the nationally recognized AccessUVa financial-aid program, reverting back to loans versus outright grants. The adjustments will be phased in over a four-year period by class, beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Sullivan says that “once fully implemented, this new approach will help the University moderate escalating program costs by about $6 million per year.”  But it won’t moderate parental costs at all, of course.


The Crusader

The Most Defiant Devil, Gregory Dehler's new biography of Bronx Zoo founder William Hornaday, is the subject of articles this week from AP and The New York Times. Hornaday seemed to embody the late nineteenth century's best and worst impulses.


The "American" Accent

William Labov, author of Dialect Diversity in America: The Politics of Language Change, appeared recently on the David Pakman Show, where he discussed the misconception of an American accent, explaining that America can be divided into fifteen regions with distinct dialects. What's more, many of these accents, or dialects, are still evolving.


Rouhani Calls for "Moderation"

This fall we will be bringing out Independence without Freedom: Iran's Foreign Policy, in which one of the great commentators on modern Iran, R. K. Ramazani, summarizes six decades of political history in this volatile and important nation. With the election this summer of a new president, Ramazani has several important questions about the future of Iran and the promises made by its new leader. Ramazani writes, "Hassan Rouhani’s surprise landslide victory in Iran’s elections astounded Iranians, Americans, and much of the world. In his victory speech, he claimed he would travel the road to 'moderation.' What does this mean? Is he a 'mianeh ro' or 'e’tedal,' meaning middle of the road or just man, or alternatively, is he simply against extremism? If so, is he a 'centrist' and 'pragmatist,' responding flexibly to different situations, or is he, as he has been called, 'the diplomatic sheikh'?"


New Buildings and Photos in SAH Archipedia

SAH Archipedia has been expanded to include 1371 new building entries, including 857 from Buildings of Michigan and 514 from other states, along with 75 new photographs and updates to about 2400 entries.


The Twelfth Temple

In 2012, Robert Sibley shared his experiences on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in his book The Way of the Stars. Sibley's latest book, The Way of the 88 Temples, chronicles his journey on the Henro Michi, one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Japan. Located on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four islands, the pilgrimage comprises 88 temples and covers nearly 900 miles. Publishers Weekly has said of the book, "Sibley's acute psychological observations are interwoven not only with vivid details but historical and cultural contexts of the ancient Shikoku pilgrimage. Throughout his journey, Sibley asks himself—and the travelers he meets—why walking the path is important. While he finds no one answer, this accomplished narrative demonstrates that the impulse to seek inner change through a physical journey, if mysterious, is enduring." Following is an excerpt from The Way of the 88 Temples.


D.C. Treeathlon

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Washington, D.C., will be leading a tour of the national capital's trees. Dubbed the Treeathlon, the tour will take place on September 22, via foot, bicycle, even canoe.


David Reads at Corner Bookstore

History fans in the New York area are invited to the Corner Bookstore on Tuesday, August 13, to hear James Corbett David read from his new book Dunmore's New World.


Bradburn Heads New Library at Mount Vernon

Our congratulations go out to Douglas Bradburn, whom the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association has named the founding director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. As library director, he will oversee Mount Vernon's efforts to safeguard original Washington books and manuscripts and to foster new scholarly research about George Washington and the Founding Era.


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