Some of you may recall The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century, a report on the state of the historical profession written ten years ago by Thomas Bender, Colin Palmer, and Philip Katz. The report was groundbreaking at the time. It focused on the many ways that historians-in-training were not being prepared for a difficult job market. It also proved to be prophetic.
I not only read Bender et. al, but I also seem to remember sitting on a panel devoted to the book at a meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. The fact that I don’t remember the details means that either the session never took place, I am getting old, or I am too lazy to go check my vita.
In the recent issue (February 2014) of Perspectives on History, James Banner Jr. revisits The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century and concludes that we have “much more to do” in preparing historians for the twenty-first century.
Here is a taste:
supplemented with others and then all of them put into effect.
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