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Fortnightly News is the AHA's e-mail newsletter, sent out around the first and fifteenth of every month to keep members up to date with the AHA and the history profession.
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Annual Meeting 2010
If you are not already pre-registered for the meeting, we encourage you to pre-register now, before the rates go up on December 19th. Online registration will continue after the 19th, but the higher on-site fees will apply. On-site registration will be held in the Hyatt’s Douglas Pavilion A.
For more information on registration, the Registration Resource Center,accommodations, and San Diego, see:
General information from the Program
- Program of the Annual Meeting - Online!
Job Center Video
Attention job seekers who are about to use the AHA's Job Center! Just in time for its 124th Annual Meeting in San Diego, the AHA presents a new explanatory video to help guide new and previous users through its Job Center. Titled "Job Center: A How-To Guide for First-Time Users" the new video the shares some important details about what to expect when entering the Job Center for the first time, and advice on how to successfully navigate the seemingly labyrinthine and intimidating process. With this video, the AHA hopes that all who enter the Job Center—both new and prior users, interviewees and search committee members—have a valuable and rewarding experience.
Submit Proposals for the 2011 Annual Meeting
The 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 6–9, 2011, in Boston. The Program Committee welcomes proposals from all members of the Association (academic and nonacademic), from affiliated societies, from historians working outside the United States, and from scholars in related disciplines. The theme for the meeting, described in greater detail here is “History, Society, and the Sacred. The deadline to submit proposals is February 15, 2010. For more information, see the “Call for Proposals” article from the September issue of Perspectives on History.
Considering being part of the poster session in 2011? A poster gives you the opportunity to present your research in a visual format, and to interact with your audience in less formal and more engaging ways. Read more about participating in the 2011 Annual Meeting poster session today on the AHA blog.
Name That Decade!
The first decade of the new century is just about to slip into history. How should we refer to it? Submit your best thoughts at AHA Today. The best entries will be published in Perspectives on History and in AHA Today.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
Founders Early Access
The National Archives recently released their newest project, Founders Early Access, through the Rotunda (the University of Virginia Press’ site for the publication of original digital scholarship).
History Syllabus Wiki: A Query
We need your feedback! The American Historical Association is considering the possibility of creating a “History Syllabus Wiki.” This new wiki would be a place where history teachers could come in and submit and tweak syllabi for different history courses.
The 2010 Annual Meeting – Updates, Highlights, and Tweets”
This post offers a collection of links for you to check out before the Annual Meeting.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (December 3 and December 10) and Grant of the Week posts (E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship and NEH Foreign Study Fellowship in Tunisia).
News from Washington
In addition to AHA Today, the Association also draws on the efforts of a number of coalitions that support the Association's agenda to keep track of issues in the nation’s capital that will be of concern to historians. Here are news updates from some of them.
National Coalition for History (NCH)
Obama Administration Issues Sweeping Open Government Directive
On December 8, the White House issued an Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to take immediate, specific steps to open their operations up to the public.
Senate Hearing Held on Bill to Create Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
On December 3, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s National Parks Subcommittee met to consider legislation (S. 1838) to establish a commission to commemorate the upcoming sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Archivist of the U.S. Creates Holdings Protection Program
In one of his first major acts since assuming the position, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero recently announced the creation of the NARA Holdings Protection Program and the appointment of a team to staff the initiative.
National Humanities Alliance
Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day
Meet national leaders and others who shape humanities policy, learn about the current state of federal funding and latest policy issues, and make sure your voice is heard in support of the humanities.
Center for Applied Linguistics Releases Survey Results of Foreign Language Instruction in Elementary & Secondary schools. Detailed information provided on current patterns and shifts.
David Ferriero Delivers the State of the Archives Address and provides information about his background and agency priorities.
The AHA’s online calendar lists upcoming meetings and seminars, research opportunities, awards and fellowships, internet resources, and exhibitions. Contribute your own announcement through this online form. Below we offer snippets of some of the current listings.
Call for Papers: 2010 Policy History Conference—The Journal of Policy History and Institute for Political History will host the 2010 Policy History Conference at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio, from June 3-6, 2010. The deadline for receipt of proposals is December 30, 2009.
Call for Papers: "Reconciliation in America: Moving Beyond Racial Violence," June 2-4, 2010, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Submit your paper by December 31, 2009.
Read more about all of these events and more at the AHA’s online calendar.
125th Anniversary Fund
We have already received generous support from many members of the Association. If you have not yet contributed, and would like to aid in the expansion of the Association’s public programs and outreach efforts, we hope you will give your support to the AHA 125th Anniversary Fund.
You can contribute to the fund online at www.historians.org/give or by check to AHA Anniversary Fund, 400 A St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003.
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: Elisabeth Grant, Arnita Jones, Robert Townsend, and Sharon K. Tune
Last Updated: December 11, 2009