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Proposals for Workshops on Libraries and Digital Scholarship for NERCOMP

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Estimated Reading Time: 3.5 minutes  Do you work in or work with libraries or in scholarly communities, particularly at the intersection of technology (or changing technologies)? Do you have an area of technology that you would like to share your skills, practices, or struggles with OR that you really want to learn practice advice and guidance from folks working with that area? Then, this CFP is probably for you! I am reaching out to folks for any thoughts or ideas for day-long workshops or 1-hour webinars for  NERCOMP , the regional entity of EDUCAUSE , serving from Pennsylvania to Maine. We are planning for such professional development opportunities for the next academic year (Sept, 2021-June, 2022). We are considering different modalites, virtual, hybrid, and even face-to-face, depending on proposers' ideas and preferences. I’m currently the Program-Track Chair of Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century, which means I help to find folks who want to run these events and s

Review: Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

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Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hall's historical exploration of women-led slave revolts is reminiscent of Maus by Art Spiegelman in its storytelling and some of its visual layering. It's an amazing work that ingeniously melds together the story of the history, Hall's story, and the actual history that she aims to cover.  As a Black, lesbian, mother who gave up her work as a lawyer to pursue a Ph.D. in history, Hall takes readers through the practices of historians as she dives deep into archives in the United States and England to unpack the history, the historiography, and the lapses in understanding by a field dominated by white men that made them blind to the fact that there were, in fact, numerous slave-revolts in the Americas and on the slave-ships in the Middle Passage that were led by women.  That mixture of storytelling itself is enough to warrant attention and to see how the

Review: Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

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Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen My rating: 5 of 5 stars There's so much that resonated with this book.  Peterson manages to articulate so much of the frustration and challenges of being an adult in the current age and navigating the all-consumption mental and emotional demand of work that is bread into the culture, particularly for those labeled millenials (Side note: I think the generational categories are largely BS and hide much more than reveals about the complexity of life in any age to say nothing of the problematic assumed uniformity of existence, access to technology, resources, etc, but I digress). The forces of free-market capitalism unleashed with other forces inject a precariousness that makes what we have to feel ever-fleeting--just one layoff, firing, medical emergency, mental-health challenge, etc away from falling back down the socio-economic ladder. These anxieties mean