Web site: "Not Even Past" - History Department at UT Austin

The History Department at UT Austin is launching an informative,
interactive history web site today, January 10. Not Even Past provides
current historical writing to a popular audience. For history buffs
who want reading recommendations and short, interesting, digestible
stories every day, the website offers a meaningful, dynamic, and
ongoing conversation about History in the form of text, audio, and
video histories on subjects that span the globe. The site is designed
for anyone who is interested in history, from an avid reader of
history to a history film aficionado.

The content and "picks" are written by the department's 60-person
faculty with additional input from the graduate students.
Notevenpast.org is rich with book and film recommendations, video
interviews, podcasts, online commentary, and even virtual classes
(free) every semester. You can learn from exceptional faculty and
dialog with other history aficionados and Texas Exes, enrolled globally.

The History Department’s new site is one-of-a-kind -- no other
university or institution offers a similar resource. Not Even Past
will be identified with the individuals in the History Department at
UT, giving readers a personalized experience of great history writing
as well as promoting the strengths of the department and the
University of Texas. Not Even Past also differs from other History
department sites in its stylish visual design and its cutting-edge
user-friendly functionality.

Take a peak now:

Joan Neuberger, Editor
George Christian, Assistant Editor, Features Editor

At launch today the website has six major features

This section will focus on a recent book by a UT faculty member. The
January edition showcases Jacqueline Jones’ “Saving Savannah: The
City and the Civil War” and includes a short video interview with the
author; a text discussion of the book; a live chat with the author; an
on-going book club discussion; suggestions for related reading; a
podcast of an excerpt from the book.

Learn what the department’s exceptional historians and their graduate
students are reading, and which books and history films they
recommend. Scan written and video reviews of books by category:
Featured Reads, United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia,
Middle East, and Transnational. With one click, add your comments, or
instantly order books/films that you want. The home page will link to
book recommendations chosen by our faculty and graduate students and
one featured video book discussion; the January edition will have a
video of George Forgie discussing books on the Civil War. The home
page will link to discussions of current and classic historical films.
In January, Frank Guridy will discuss two films about Cuba and
Madeline Hsu writes about Wayne Wang’s Chan is Missing.

Discover fascinating, little-known, or rarely-viewed images and
texts ... from collections at UT Austin and around the world. Learn
what each of these jewels teaches us about history. In January, Erika
Bsumek writes about a Navajo rug in our Fine Arts library collection;
Martha Newman writes about work and religion in 12-century France.
David Crew will contribute a piece of wedding photographs taken in
Jewish ghettos under Nazi rule.

Beef up your podcast library with special global interviews and
excerpts from campus history conferences and classes. Enjoy daily
history FACT CHECKS and myth busting. Learn more Texas history. Access
NEP for stories from Texas’ past: oral histories, photo essays, and
great books. This section will feature oral histories and interviews
and will link to all our podcasts. The January edition will include
oral histories from recent India and Pakistan and an article on LBJ’s
Vietnam policy, with an audio of his phone conversations.

Texas history of all kinds. January will include an excerpt from
Emilio Zamora’s new book on Mexican-Americans in Texas during WWII,
and a photo essay by Bob Abzug on Jewish cemeteries and synagogues in

In addition to extensive comment and history chat areas throughout
NEP, take any of the three virtual courses offered each semester (no
tests!). Learn from outstanding award-winning faculty and share your
thoughts and questions with other history buffs and Texas Exes ...
enrolled globally. Register on the site to be eligible for free
autographed books by UT Austin History faculty. A scrolling ticker
across the home page will post daily twitter feed updates and a
feature we call “The Fact Checker” which will offer links to short
articles correcting historical myths and common historical