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Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage
From Karen Halttunen, vice-president, Teaching Division
To implement a resolution passed at the 2009 annual meeting, the AHA Council has formed a working group to create a threaded miniconference, which will explore historical perspectives on same-sex marriage at the 2010 meeting in San Diego. The working group includes Kristin Hoganson (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) representing the 2010 Program Committee, Leisa Meyer (William and Mary Coll.) as co-chair of the AHA’s LGBTQ Task Force, and James Green (Brown Univ.), as well as the AHA vice presidents—Karen Halttunen of the Teaching Division, David Weber of the Professional Division, and Iris Berger of the Research Division. As charged by the Council and AHA President Laurel Ulrich, the group is working to generate special panels and sessions, minimally one for each of the eight major time slots at the convention. We also intend to generate programming on our theme for breakfast and lunch slots, and at least one evening plenary session.
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March Perspectives on History
The March issue of Perspectives on History, now available online, beginswith AHA president Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s research on the AHA gavel, its history, and how it stands as a “reminder of the complexity of seemingly simple things.”
Then, Executive Director Arnita Jones takes a detailed look, in her article “Unfinished Busines,” at programs within the federal government that historians have an interest in. See also Lee White’s articles: “There's a New Sheriff in Town” and “News Briefs.”
What’s the AHA up to?
- 2009 AHA Committee Structure
- Council decisions from January
- Highlights from the 123rd Annual Meeting
- Awards and Honors Conferred at the 123rd Annual Meeting
- AHA Member News
The March issue also contains:
123 in 125: A Brief History of AHA Annual Meetings
The latest “Timelines” installment.
Advising Undergraduates about Career Opportunities in Public History
Advice from Melissa Bingmann on how to help “an undergraduate develop a strategy for establishing a career in the public sector.”
Forum on Assessment
This collection of articles was “developed from a vigorous discussion on the AHA’s chairs listserv.” Norman Jones asks “Can we know our outcomes?”, James I. Matray takes a look at California State University at Chico’s assessement program, and Robert Griffith describes assessment at American University.
Masters at the Movies, Take 9
The Masters at the Movies series continues with Ellen Carol DuBois’s look at the remake of the film The Women.
Find all of this plus news from AHA affiliates and three In Memoriam articles in the March issue of Perspectives on History.
The Members column, which is published in Perspectives on History as space permits, is designed to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. News of recent hires, promotions, publications, fellowships or awards received, and other news of a professional nature are welcomed. Entries will be published in alphabetical order by name. To submit an entry, please send your name (and affiliation, if applicable) and news to David Darlington, Associate Editor, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
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 2
In part two of this interview, Matt Wasniewski, historian in the U.S. House of Representatives, discusses his thoughts on the public’s view of history, advice for history students, and more. In part one he explained how he got into the history field and his current job, what his regular duties include, and more about his background.
The History Job Market: Opportunities, Problems, and Fixes
This is the fifth post in Jessica Pritchard’s series on sessions at the most recent AHA Annual Meeting. Find links to her previous posts on this topic here.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (March 5 and March 12) and Grant of the Week posts (the J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History and the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition)
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from:
Elisabeth Grant, Noralee Frankel, and Pillarisetti Sudhir
Last Updated: March 17, 2009