Dear AHA Member,
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.
In this Issue
- 124th Annual Meeting – submitting panels
- AHA Advocacy
- Teaching American History Reviewers Wanted
- Deadline for Research Grant Applications
- AHA Today – latest blog posts
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124th Annual Meeting
Panel proposals for the 124th Annual Meeting, to be held January 7–10, 2010, in San Diego, California, are due on February 15th. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Oceans, Islands, Continents.” While seeking proposals for sessions that explore facets of this broad topic, we welcome submissions on the histories of all places and time periods and the uses of varied sources and methods.
Proposals are being accepted in all areas and fields of history and using a variety of presentation forms (traditional sessions, roundtables, posters, and the like). If you have an interesting topic, but need an extra participant or two, we encourage you to solicit panelists on the relevant H-Net listserv. In the past, this has proven to be one of the best methods for assembling sessions. Instructions on how to submit panels can be found on the Submitting Proposals page online.
Also, please note that for this meeting, the Association will be putting together a special series of sessions that will address issues of equity and place questions of marriage and family in historical perspective (for more information see this AHA Today post).
AHA Advocacy in the Transition
The Association's advocacy work in Washington D.C. tends to be among our least visible activities, but it remains among the most important. The current transition between presidential administrations is particularly crucial given the turnover at the top of the National Archives and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the large appropriations decisions now being made. The staff at the headquarters office is working actively with the National Coalition for History, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Consortium of Social Science Associations, representing history in the nation's capital.
Over the past few months we have been working with the coalitions and other groups to assure that federal records policies are improved, the interests of history are fairly treated by government agencies, and that funds for history education and research are not squeezed out in the competition for federal dollars. We expect decisions to be made fairly rapidly over the next few months, so be sure to keep tabs on the NCH and AHA Today blogs for the latest news and action advisories.
Teaching American History Reviewers Wanted
The 2009 Teaching American History (TAH) grant competition is up and running and the U.S. Department of Education seeks TAH grant application reviewers. The proposed grant review dates are April 6-24, 2009.
If you are interested in serving as a TAH grant reviewer, you must meet have a degree in history, be a K-12 history teacher, history professor, TAH grant director, TAH grant partner, history scholar, or be another history-related professional.
If selected, you will serve on a panel with two other reviewers. This process includes one week of reading applications on your own and two weeks of telephone meetings with your panel. An honorarium is given to those who complete the grant review.
Deadline for Research Grant Applications
Applications for the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grants, the Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, the Michael Kraus Research Grants, and the Littleton-Griswold Grants are due by midnight PST, February 15, 2009.
Here are some recent posts from the AHA’s blog, AHA Today:
- History in the City: 2009 Annual Meeting Panels
Read the introduction and first post in Jessica Pritchard’s series on sessions at the 123rd Annual Meeting.
- Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (January 22nd and 29th) and Grant of the Week (Congressional Research Awards, National Preservation Awards, AEF Visiting Professor Program) posts.
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from:
Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Arnita A. Jones, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: January 30, 2009