Joe Janes at University Bookstore
iSchool Associate Professor Joe Janes will speak about his new book, "Documents That Changed the Way We Live," and take part in a Q&A and book signing at the University Bookstore.
About the book:
Documents are milestones and markers of human activity, part of who and what we are. Our story can be told through the objects, profound and trivial, famous and forgotten, by which we remember and are remembered. Documents That Changed the Way We Live examines dozens of compelling stories that describe these documents; their creation, motivation, influence, importance, historical and social context, provenance; and their connections to contemporary information objects, technologies, and trends. These documents include the following:
- “Exaltation of Innana,” a Sumerian hymn composed c. 2300 BCE by the high priestess Enheduanna, likely the first known author…of anything
- The “We Can Do It!” poster everybody knows is Rosie the Riveter calling women to work in the factories in World War II. Except it’s not, and she isn’t
- Joseph McCarthy’s “list” of Communists that ruined lives and careers, because it was believed - even though it never existed
- The “He has waged cruel war…” passage on slavery, deleted from the Declaration of Independence
- The poorly designed Palm Beach County “butterfly ballot,” on which the 2000 U.S. presidential election may have hinged
- And the lesser-known stories behind the Zapruder Film, the Watergate tapes, the Obama birth certificate, airplane black boxes, Thanksgiving, IQ tests, the Star-Spangled Banner, why Americans spell the way they do, Nobel Prizes, Wikipedia, and how you’re cooking dinner tonight
About the Author:
Joseph Janes is Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School. A frequent speaker in the U.S. and abroad, he is the author of several books, including Library 2020, and has written a monthly column for American Libraries magazine since 2002. He is the creator and host of Documents That Changed the World, a popular podcast series on the cultural impacts of historic documents. He holds the M.L.S. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the State University of New York at Albany as well as at Syracuse and Washington.