The prominence of “extinction” and “Irish” in this week’s wordcloud has the capacity to get the “What about Irish Slaves?” charmers up in arms.

This week illustrates the anxiety around environmental politics in the United States and the growing prominence of topics like extinction in public and scholarly dialogues. In environmental history we are increasingly looking at the role of animals – such as dogs – in our work, chipping away at the anthropocentric nature of humanities scholarship.

Hunting scene with dogs. Found in Hill station at Sefar, Tassili-n-Ajjer, Algeria. Dated c. 3,700 BCE.

This week’s wordcloud also highlights both historical (Irish) and contemporary (African) issues surrounding nationality and immigration/travel to the United States. Lastly, the prominence of “memes” and “blogs” shows the growing role of online commentary and the evolving means by which historians and other scholars can reach a public audience.

Here are the top articles amongst environmental historians and humanities scholars this past week (March 13-March 19, 2017):

Monday: “Mimi Matthews, ‘Dog Funerals in the late Victorian Era” by Lucinda Matthew-Jones, Journal of Victorian Culture Online

Tuesday: Dear Academics, It Is Time To Write, Read And Properly Cite More Blogs” by Sarah Bond, Forbes

Wednesday: The Transparency Bills That Would Gut the EPA” by Ed Young, The Atlantic

Thursday: Five Things You Didn’t Realize Were Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities” by Erin Blakemore,

Friday: Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too” by Liam Stack, New York Times

Saturday: On the Origin of Extinction” by Benjamin Morgan, Public Books

Sunday: Africa Trade Meeting Has No Africans After US Visa Denials“, VOA 

Top Words

1. extinction
2. EPA
3. people
4. Irish
5.  history
6.  said
7. can
8. dog
9. nature
10. Act

Published by Jessica M. DeWitt

Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States. She is passionate about the use of digital technologies to bridge the gap between the public and researchers. In addition to her community and professional work, she offers various editing and social media consultancy services.

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