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Roy Rosenzweig Fellowship
In 2009, George Mason University and the American Historical Association will offer the first Roy Rosenzweig Fellowship for Innovation in Digital History. This award was developed by friends and colleagues of Roy Rosenzweig (1950–2007), Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History and New Media at George Mason University, to honor his life and work as a pioneer in the field of digital history.
This nonresidential fellowship will be awarded annually to honor and support work on an innovative and freely available new media project, and in particular for work that reflects thoughtful, critical, and rigorous engagement with technology and the practice of history. The fellowship will be conferred on a project that is either in a late stage of development or which has been launched in the past year but is still in need of further improvements. The fellow(s) will be expected to apply awarded funds toward the advancement of the project goals during the fellowship year.
In a 1-2 page narrative, entries should provide a method of access to the project (e.g., web site address, software download), indicate the institutions and individuals involved with the project, and describe the project’s goals, functionality, intended audience, and significance. A short budget statement on how the fellowship funds will be used should be attached. Projects may only be submitted once for the Rosenzweig Fellowship.
The entry should be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com. Questions about the prize and application process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of entries is May 15, 2009. Recipients will be announced at the 2010 AHA Annual Meeting in San Diego.
American Historical Review – February Issue
The February issue of the American Historical Review is now available online. The issue contains:
“The Task of the Historian” – The 2008 Presidential Address by the outgoing President of the American Historical Association, Gabrielle M. Spiegel. Spiegel offers an account of the emergence of post-structuralism as a central concern of historians in the last few decades, an account that is both sophisticated and timely.
“The Petroleum War of 1910: Standard Oil, Austria, and the Limits of the Multinational Corporation” – An article by Alison Frank, offering a case study of the interaction of government and multinational business in the early years of the 20th century.
AHR Forum - “The International 1968” – This forum was planned to coincide with the 40th anniversary of that year of revolt, mass protests, and social upheaval, especially on the part of the young and students, across much of the world.
“The Rise and Fall of an International Counterculture, 1960-1975”
Jeremi Suri presents both a context and an interpretation of that momentous year, emphasizing how the international counterculture challenged contemporary assumptions about the “good life” across diverse societies.
“’1968’ East and West: Divided Germany as a Case Study in Transnational History”
Timothy S. Brown examines youth rebellion in the two Germanies, capitalist West and communist East.
“Japan 1968: The Performance of Violence and the Theater of Protest”
William Marotti begins his article by noting that the early 1960s saw mass protests and strikes against the renewal of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty.
The second part of this forum will appear in April’s issue, with articles on Latin America, feminism, Russia, and youth tourism.
Read AHR editor Robert A. Schneider’s full description of the contents of the February Issue on the AHA blog, AHA Today.
There are a number of new publications available for purchase at the AHA’s Publications Sales Shop online. Some of the publications offered include:
From Concept to Completion: A Dissertation Writing Guide for History Students by the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee
Filled with helpful tips, sage advice, and practical steps from outstanding historians, this pamphlet is a must-have resource for all graduate students about to begin the long and daunting road towards completing the PhD.
The History Major and Undergraduate Liberal Education: Report of the National History Center Working Group to the Teagle Foundation
History’s contribution to liberal learning is distinctive. This report by the Teagle Foundation attempts to understand the relationship between the history major and the broader goals and processes of liberal learning.
The War Power: Original and Contemporary by Louis Fisher
The original conception of “war powers,” as defined by the new American republic in the Constitution, was a power not vested in the U.S. president, but in the people, who through regular elections expected Congress to make the ultimate decision on taking the nation to war against another country. This pamphlet examines the history of the war powers and how their conception has changed over the past 200 years.
Women and the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1920 by Jean H. Baker
In the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, gender was a non-issue. Women played no role in the authorship of either the original 1787 document or the Bill of Rights, and were largely excluded from the Constitution’s application. As a result, American women played a peripheral role in constitutional history until 1920. This pamphlet looks at the role of women vis-à-vis the Constitution as it changed throughout the 19th century, culminating with the passing of the women’s suffrage amendment in 1920.
125th Anniversary Fund
The AHA 125th Anniversary Fund has been established to support an expansion of the public programs and outreach efforts of the Association. Any amount is welcome, but $125 or more will significantly help us to increase our efforts.
Strengthening the work of the organization will help us to serve you, your interests, and your profession better. By contributing to the Anniversary Fund, you will help to assure that these activities can continue and develop for the next generation of historians, thus supporting the work and mission of the AHA for another 125 years.
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.
Here are some recent posts from the AHA’s blog, AHA Today:
Jobs and Careers in History: Matt Wasniewski Interview – Part 1
In part one of this interview we introduce Matt Wasniewski, historian in the U.S. House of Representatives. He explains how he got into the history field and his current job, what his regular duties include, and more about his background.
Celebrate Black History Month Online
Links to a variety of resources for Black History month.
Innovations in Collaboration: Building University-School Partnerships
This post is the fourth in a series of posts on sessions presented at the 123rd Annual Meeting, and focuses on teacher education and building university-school partnerships to improve secondary school learning. See also the introduction to this series, and the first, second, and third posts.
Concerns about State Department Historians Office Aired
An inquiry into the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department (HO) concludes that “the current working atmosphere in the HO and between the HO and the HAC [Historical Advisory Committee] poses real threats to the high scholarly quality of the FRUS [Foreign Relations of the United States] series and the benefits it brings.”
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from:
Elisabeth Grant, Robert Schneider, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: March 5, 2009