"Closer Readings" Blog Posts

A Summer Seminar on American Communism

American Communists demonstrate in New York City’s Union Square in 1929.
By Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Department of Political Science, Emory University. Why should teachers care about the history of the Communist Party in the United States?Read More »

Martin Luther: A Conversation Part II

Martin Luther (1483–1546) by Heirich Aldegrever
Craig Harline, professor of history at Brigham Young University, received an NEH Public Scholar grant to write about Martin Luther between the years 1517 and 1522. His book, A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2017. Part II of a two-part conversation between Craig Harline and EDSITEment follows.How did Luther’s ninety-five theses take hold so quickly?Read More »

Martin Luther: A Conversation Part I

Martin Luther, engraved by Theodore Knesing
Craig Harline, professor of history at Brigham Young University, received an NEH Public Scholar grant to write about Martin Luther between the years 1517 and 1522. His book, A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2017. Part I of a two-part conversation between Craig Harline and EDSITEment follows.How did you become interested in Martin Luther, and when did you decide to write a book about him? Read More »

A Very Brief Introduction to the Modern World through Eighteen Maps

Early French map of New Orleans
By Julia Nguyen, Senior Program Officer, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities.Maps help us orient ourselves in a landscape and interpret the world around us. At a time when many of us frequently access digital maps on phones or in cars, there is still value in deep reading of historical maps first produced on paper.Read More »

Five Questions with Shelley NiTuama

Shelley NiTuama
This post was written by Shelley NiTuama, a Literature and Language Specialist at the National Endowment for the Humanities currently on detail to Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress.Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with.Read More »
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