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:
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Perspectives on History is on hiatus for the summer, but you can keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
AHA Members Win ACLS Fellowships
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) recently announced its fellowship recipients for 2009. Among these winners were a number of AHA members.
Limited War, Unlimited
The National History Center invited the public to attend its Decolonization Lecture Series featuring Professor Marilyn B. Young on Limited War, Unlimited.
Summer in D.C.: 2009 History Related Events
In case you’re in the area, or are traveling to D.C. for a vacation this summer, here are some events you may want to check out.
The Teachers Page – From the Library of Congress
In a recent post on the Library of Congress blog, Matt Raymond, the LOC’s director of communications, introduced the newly launched web portal for teachers.
Government Ventures into Declassification Issues via Web 2.0
The federal government is currently seeking information on its declassification policies, and is doing so through a blog—offering a high-level test of the value of Web 2.0.
AHA Membership Grows Modestly, as History of Religion Surpasses Culture
Despite the hardships in the economy, membership in the AHA actually increased slightly over the past year. The most notable change in the profile of our membership is the continuing rise of specialists in religious history.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (July 2 and July 9) and Grant of the Week posts (Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program and Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grants).
Advertising – Perspectives on History
The deadline for advertising in the first issue of Perspectives on History of the fall is fast approaching. Interested advertisers should submit their materials to the AHA by Friday, July 24. Classified ads should be submitted online through the Job Ad Submission Form. Pre-payment is required for employment ads.
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.
The National Coalition for History
State Department Historical Advisory Committee Meets
On June 23, 2009, the Historical Advisory Committee (HAC) met for the first time since the issuance of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report on the operations of the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State. The OIG recommended that director of the Office of the Historian, Dr. Marc Susser, be replaced. As a result, Susser was reassigned within the state department, and Ambassador John Campbell was named as acting director of the Office of the Historian.
NHPRC FY ‘10 Budget Increase Proposed by House Appropriations Subcommittee
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC) budget would increase by $1.75 million from the current fiscal year’s $11.25 million to $13 million under the fiscal year (FY) 2010 funding bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
The June 29, 2009 (PDF) COSSA Washington Update covered the following:
- FY 2010 Appropriations Moving Through Congress
- Senate Spending Committee Examines Rebirth of NIH Funding
- NIJ Research Conference Hears Holder, Kerlikowske
- Congress Asks for Research Universities Study
- More Obama Administration Appointments
- START Releases Updated Terrorism Data Base
- APS Joins COSSA
June 30, 2009 – NHA-Announce, monthly policy update
- Jim Leach Nominated by President Obama to Chair NEH
- NEH Funding Makes Progress in Congress
- House Increases NHPRC Budget
- NEH & LC Celebrate Chronicling America
- IMLS Hosts Public Program at Board Meeting
- House Dear Colleague Letter for Museums Circulating
President Obama Announces More Nominations - Two New Additions to the National Council on the Humanities
NEH Funding Makes Progress in Congress - Funding levels differ between House & Senate for FY 2010
Act Now to Support Museum Funding - Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-21) and Louise Slaughter (NY-28) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter
New and Updated Entries at the ArchivesWiki
Here are some of the archival institutions that have been recently added or updated on the AHA's ArchivesWiki. We hope you will find them useful, and will add any information about them you may have about them, or other institutions.
- American Occupational Therapy Foundation
- Archives départementales des Alpes-Maritimes
- Archives of the Max Planck Society
- Archives of the University of Stuggart
- Archiwum Panstwowe w Toruniu
- Augsburg University Archives
- Aviation Safety and Security Archives
- Congregational Library
- George Washington University, Special Collections Research Center
- Maryland State Archives
- National Baha'i Archives
- Technical University of Dresden Archives
- University of Kentucky Special Collections & Digital Programs
Updating the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians
Departments and Organizations
By this time all departments and organizations should have started to update their information for the Directory. If you are the head of a department or organization and want your institution listed, and have not yet received information about how to do so, please see the listing in the Directory page on the AHA’s web site or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Information updated before August 1, 2009, will be included in the print edition, but changes can be made online throughout the year. When the online version is completed in late September, users will be able to access up-to-date details on all listing institutions.
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: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert Townsend
Last Updated: July 14, 2009