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Program of the Annual Meeting
Find meeting participants (conveniently linked to their paper abstracts and sessions)
Every year sessions at the annual meeting cover an impressive range of places, time periods, topics, and themes. Here is just a glimpse of the range of presentations scheduled for the annual meeting:
Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage
Here are two of the 14 sessions in the miniconference on the history of same-sex marriage.
Land of the Free and Home of the Brave: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada
AHA Session 2
Thursday, January 7, 2010: 3:00-5:00 PM, Manchester Ballroom G (Hyatt)
Gay Marriage and Proposition 8: Reflections
AHA Session 71
Friday, January 8, 2010: 2:30-4:30 PM, Elizabeth Ballroom D (Hyatt)
Misbehaving Women: Sex Radicals and Nonconformists Who Made U.S. History
AHA Session 1
Thursday, January 7, 2010: 3:00-5:00 PM, Manchester Ballroom A (Hyatt)
Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century
AHA Session 36
Friday, January 8, 2010: 9:30-11:30 AM, San Diego Ballroom Salon B (Marriott)
Generations of Historians/Generation of History: Roundtable Discussion by Members of Multi-Generational Families in the Historical Profession
AHA Session 70
Friday, January 8, 2010: 2:30-4:30 PM, Manchester Ballroom B (Hyatt)
Mormonism and National Politics
AHA Session 206
Sunday, January 10, 2010: 8:30-10:30 AM, Manchester Ballroom A (Hyatt)
For more Annual Meeting information see the 2010 Annual Meeting page online. There you will find information on registering for the meeting, accommodations, transportation, and more. Also see the AHA web site for Job Center info, Exhibit Hall details, and instructions on how to submit proposals for the 2011 meeting.
American Historical Review
October Issue Online
The October 2009 issue of the American Historical Review is now on-line at the University of Chicago Press. It contains two forums, one on “Truth and Reconciliation in History;” the other on “Taylor Branch’s America during the King Years.”
There is also our usual extensive book review section. In addition, readers will discover something new: Following “In this Issue,” we introduce “In Back Issues,” an attempt to draw attention to our extensive inventory of articles by taking a look at what was in the AHR 100, 50, and 25 years ago.
For a complete description of the contents of the October issue of the AHR see this recent blog post.
Perspectives on History – October 2009
This month, in the October issue of Perspectives on History, get ready for the 124th AHA Annual Meeting, keep up with AHA news and activities, learn the news from Washington, read about training teachers of world history, and go to the movies.
Thoughts are turning to the upcoming 124th Annual Meeting in San Diego this January 7-10, 2010. Karen Halttunen, the AHA’s vice president, teaching division, starts off by highlighting the miniconference on “Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage” to be held at the meeting. Read her description of the event, and see the right-hand side bar for a complete list of all events. Also annual meeting related:
Sharon K. Tune brings readers two informational pieces on the meeting: some useful reminders and “Information and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities.”
Iris Engstrand’s “An Overview of San Diego”
Matt Bokovoy’s “City Beautiful: Balboa Park and the San Diego Expositions.”
Robert B. Townsend’s article “Time to Dispense with the AHA Conference Interviews?” takes up a recent post in the blogosphere about the best way to interview job candidates.
Read the “Call for Proposals: 125th Annual Meeting of the AHA” by Michael H. Fisher and Barbara H. Rosenwein, and check back to submit your proposal later in the fall.
AHA News, Activities, and Articles
A couple of AHA news items are mentioned this month, including: the establishment of a new Technology Advisory Committee and an invitation for nominations for the 2010 AHA election.
Also check out William M. Ferraro’s look back at “The AHA and the George Washington Bicentennial in 1932.”
From Washington and our Affiliates
From Washington, the “Senate Bids Farewell to Historian Baker” and Lee White, director of the National Coalition for History, lays out “The Fiscal 2010 Federal Budget.” Meanwhile, Miriam Hauss Cunningham reports on the National History Center’s Summer Institute on Immigration, held in July 2009.
A Forum on Training Teachers of World History features Robert Bain and Lauren McArthur Harris, who provide the introduction to the forum, followed by Sharon Cohen’s “Teaching Teachers of World History,” Peter N. Stearns’ “Getting the Big Picture: Teaching World History Teachers,” and Barbara Tischler’s “Teaching World History: Issues and Possibilities.”
All of this and more is included in the October 2009 issue of Perspectives on History. See this recent blog post for a more complete wrap-up.
Directory – Online Edition
The two week free trial of the Directory of History Departments and Organizations online is now over.
Purchase Full Access
The limited version remains free. Full access to that advanced features of the online Directory will remain accessible to members and institutions who have subscribed or purchased a subscription through the Pubs Shop. Members who are belong to the Member Services Program (MSP) also have full access.
Send us your feedback
If you had a chance to use the online Directory, please let us know what you think about it, and how it might be improved, by e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Annual Report 2008
The AHA’s Annual Report for 2008 is now available online. It contains a preface from former AHA president Gabrielle M. Spiegel, reports from Council, lists of members (25-year, honorary, and life), and donors to the association. You’ll also find minutes from the 123rd business meeting, council decisions, and the financial report (PDF). Check out executive director Arnita Jones’s report for a broad overview of 2008. Find all of this and more in the 2008 Annual Report online.
South Asian History Book Prize
Please help endow a book prize for South Asian History!
Historical work on South Asia has become increasingly prominent and influential in the world academy in recent decades. Numerous books written about the region have deeply influenced scholarship on other parts of the world. South Asian history is now taught at a growing number of colleges and universities worldwide.
These developments make it all the more necessary for supporters of South Asian scholarship to come forward to assist the AHA in its effort to create an endowed prize for the best book on the history of the region. This is all the more pressing because every other major world region is now represented in the list of twenty book prizes awarded by the AHA. By bringing the best new work to the attention of the scholarly and journalistic community each year, a book prize will reaffirm the significance of South Asian history to the historical discipline as a whole.
We therefore hope that you will join us by making a contribution to the endowment. $50,000 is needed to support the creation of an annual prize.
South Asian historians in the AHA decided this spring to name the prize in memory of John Folsom Richards, a distinguished historian noted for his generosity, breadth of vision, and the collegial quality of his many academic ventures at Duke University and elsewhere.
AHA Task Force on Disability Mentorship Program for Historians
Query for Potential Mentors
Graduate study in history is arduous for all students. Graduate students with disabilities face distinctive issues. The AHA Task Force on Historians with Disabilities believes that historians who themselves understand disability experiences firsthand could aid such students in how to deal with disability-related issues in graduate historical studies and the development of their careers.
If you are interested in mentoring a graduate student with a disability(ies), contact Paul Longmore at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Task Force will keep all information you provide strictly confidential.
ArchivesWiki – New and Updated Entries
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.
- Afro American Newspapers Archives and Research
- Air Force Historical Research Agency
- Archives départementales des Alpes-Maritimes
- Aviation Safety and Security Archives
- The Green-Wood Cemetery
- Pritzker Military Library
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
AHA’s Two-Year College Task Force Begins Work
The ad hoc Two-Year College Task Force, which was established by the AHA’s Council in January 2009, has begun its work of exploring various issues relating to history faculty at two-year colleges.
Members’ Books Received at the AHA – October 2009
As a service to AHA members, we are listing books by members received in the headquarters office in recent months.
Africa Past and Present Podcast - Q&A with Dr. Peter Alegi
An interview with Peter Alegi, the hostthe Africa Past and Present podcast.
Africa Past and Present: The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics
Africa Past and Present offers podcasts that center on the history, culture, and politics of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (October 22 and October 29) and Grant of the Week posts (Olivia James Traveling Fellowship and the Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation in Environmental History) .
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.
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)
The ROTUNDA Founders Early Access Project Makes Available Letters and Other Papers of Founding Fathers Users can read, search, and browse newly transcribed documents
House & Senate Conferees Reach Agreement on FY 2010 Interior-Environment Spending Measure $167.5 million for NEH, a $12.5 million increase over FY 2009 enacted level
Obama Nominates GWU History Professor to NEH Council Adele Logan Alexander is third NEH Council nomination by President
Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)
- The October 26, 2009 (PDF) COSSA Washington Update covered the following, and more:
Mikulski Defends Political Science; CJS Bill Stalls: Coburn and Vitter Amendments Unfinished
NSF Encourages Interdisciplinary Work on Environment, Science and Society
NIMH to Seek Applications to Develop National Mentoring Networks to Enhance Workforce Diversity
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: China and the West—"The Reception of Chinese Art across cultures from the 15th Century to the Present." Submission deadline is November 9, 2009.
Conference: New England Museum Association Conference— "Promises to Keep: Vision and Value in Museums," November 11-13, 2009.
Call for Papers: Perspectives on Cross-Cultural History—Conference at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, March 19-20, 2010. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2009.
Read more about all of these events and more at the AHA’s online calendar.
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita A. Jones, Robert A. Schneider, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: October 30, 2009