January 2014


From the Executive Director

Keeping Up with the AHA
By James Grossman


Is 3-D a Game Changer? At the Smithsonian X 3D Conference
By Vanessa Varin

The Digital Historian

Mining Coverage of the Flu: Big Data's Insights into an Epidemic
By E. Thomas Ewing, Samah Gad, Bernice L. Hausman, Kathleen Kerr, Bruce Pencek, and Naren Ramakrishnan

State of the Field

Architectural History and Spatial Imagination
By Swati Chattopadhyay


A Call for Reflection and Change, Again: The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century, Ten Years Later
By Thomas Bender

Career Paths

A New Course: Converting a Passion for History into a Private Sector Career
By Joshua Wolff

Perspectives on Film

12 Years a Slave Examines the Old South's Heart of Darkness
By Robert Brent Toplin

About the Cover

Print edition cover, January 2014 issue
The cover of the print version features an image of a wooden hat representing an orca, crafted in 1900 in Angoon, Alaska and reproduced as an interactive model by the Smithsonian X 3D project. The hat belongs to the Tlingit Dakl'weidi (Killer Whale) clan, and the National Museum of Natural History returned it in 2005, retaining a 3-D digital copy online and a wooden reproduction derived from the digital model.
According to the Smithsonian, "This project shows we can return culturally sensitive objects so they can be used in ceremony while retaining exact replicas to teach about their cultural significance-and the importance of repatriation." Learn more in this issue and at 3d.si.edu.

Images courtesy of Smithsonian Digitization Program Office .