May 2014

Perspectives Cover, May 2014

Teaching

Teaching With Video Games

The Assassin's Perspective: Teaching History with Video Games
By Nicolas Trépanier


Teaching with Slavery

Looking at What's Wrong to See What's Right: Teaching Slavery in Africa through Film

By Paul Bjerk

Disrupting the Classroom

Disrupting Discussion Rituals in the History Classroom
By Andrew M. Koke 

The Digital Historian

Improving Wikipedia: Notes from an Informed Skeptic
By Stephen W. Campbell

Career Paths

What I Learned at AHA 2014: A Mentor's Perspective
By Lauren Apter Bairnfather

What I Do: Historians Talk about Their Work

On the Cover

May Cover Image

The relief featured on the cover shows soldiers joyfully returning home in 1918 and is a stark contrast to the solemn or heroic atmosphere surrounding most war commemorations. The relief is from the Monument aux Combattants de la Haute-­Garonne in Toulouse, France. The memorial to soldiers from Haute-Garonne who fought in World War I was built in 1920; the sculptures are by Camille Raynaud, André Abbal, and Henry Raphaël Moncassin.

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently launched the latest of several veteran-focused initiatives. Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War will use literature, scholarship, arts, and digital history to build bridges over the significant gulf between those who have experienced war and those who have not. More on this initiative can be found in this issue, on page 14, and at www.neh.gov/veterans/standing-together.The photograph was taken by Brenda Remedios, (CC-BY-NC-SA).