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Job Center Update - Annual Meeting 2010
Space is still available at the Job Center.
Reservations received by December 1 will be included in the Handout distributed at the meeting.
LGBTQ Taskforce Statement
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Task Force of the AHA was created by AHA Council at the January 2009 annual meeting. The Task Force is composed of five members (with the vice president and a member of the Professional Division and AHA serving as co-chairs), one additional AHA member appointed by the Professional Division (PD), and two appointed by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History (CLGBTH), an affiliate society of the AHA. The Task Force has a three-year charge and meets once a year always during the AHA annual meeting with several conference calls during the year for discussion of ongoing business.
As a newly constituted Task Force of the AHA, our charge is to gather information about the concerns of LGBTQ historians and propose concrete, practical solutions for as many of them as possible.
Read the rest of the LGBTQ Task Force Statement in a recent blog post on AHA Today.
Invitation to Two-Year Faculty
The AHA Two-Year College Task Force invites faculty from two-year colleges to a special reception on Friday, January 8, from 5:30–7:00 pm in Elizabeth Ballroom A of the Hyatt Manchester, San Diego.
Members of the Task Force will host this opportunity to become better acquainted and to discuss informally how the Association might better serve two-year college faculty's needs. We will start an open forum at 5:45 P.M. to share ideas.
Please join the Community College Humanities Association on Friday, January 8 for its session: Transcendental Utopias and Social Action in the Nineteenth Century: Scholarship from the NEH Landmarks Workshop for Community College Teachers, 2:30-4:30, Madeleine A, Hyatt Manchester.
Roy Rosenzweig Fellowship
The first recipient of the Roy Rosenzweig Fellowship for Innovation in Digital History will be announced at the annual meeting in January, but the endowment for the award still needs your support.
The award was developed by friends and colleagues of Roy Rosenzweig to honor his life and work as a pioneer in the field of digital history. But in order to assure this award remains on a firm financial footing into the future, we need your assistance.
The George Mason University Foundation, Inc. manages the funds for the Rosenzweig Prize. Contributions may be tax deductible to the full extent allowable by the law.
Gifts for the AHA/CHNM Rosenzweig Prize may be mailed to:
GMU Foundation, Inc.
4400 University Drive, MS 1A3
Fairfax, VA 22030
Checks should be made payable to the GMU Foundation, Inc. and indicate that the gift is for the AHA/CHNM Rosenzweig Prize. Gifts may also be made online at give.gmu.edu, but funds must be specified for the AHA/CHNM Rosenzweig Prize in the comments section.
For questions or information on alternate methods of giving, individuals should contact: Amy Lambrecht, Director of Development, Phone: (703) 993-8706, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions may also count toward the center's National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) matching grant in accordance with NEH guidelines.
Resources for Minority Historians
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the creation of the “Resources for Minority Historians” webpage. The webpage includes electronic versions of important Perspectives on History articles on the racial/ethnic disparity in the historical profession and the best practices guide for promoting equity for minority historians in the academy. It also contains important AHA statements and reports on affirmative action and racial and gender equity. In addition to links to cognate AHA committees and related associations, the website provides a list of web-based resources in the areas of diversity and equity, recruitment, teaching, mentoring, community service, and professional development.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
Veterans Day Resources
In honor of this year’s Veterans Day, we bring you a number of educational resources for in and out of the classroom.
AHA Launches Drive to Endow New Prize for South Asian History
Following a recent Council decision, the AHA has launched a drive to endow a new annual prize—the John F. Richards Prize—for the best book South Asian history, and invites all interested in the region’s history to contribute generously to the fund.
New Member Category for Early Career Professionals
We are pleased to announce the establishment of an Early Career Member category, to assist junior members of the profession in their transition from graduate school into long-term employment in the profession.
Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall
It seems hard to believe that a mere 20 years ago, a physical barrier ran through Berlin, Germany, dividing the city’s residents in two. To celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall, we’ve compiled a list of web sites for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and education.
Program of the 124th Annual Meeting – Now Online!
The Program for the 124th Annual Meeting is now available online. Use it to search for events and sessions by keyword or day and time, browse sessions of the AHA and of affiliates, view special events, find meeting participants, and more.
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)
Ferriero Confirmed by Senate as Archivist of the United States
On November 6, the U.S. Senate confirmed David Ferriero as Archivist of the United States. He was confirmed by unanimous consent.
Amendment to Eliminate Political Science Funding at NSF Defeated
On November 5, the Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2847). By a vote of 36-62, the Senate rejected an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would have eliminated funding for the political science program at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Senate Confirms Two New Members to National Council on the Humanities Group meets in Washington, D.C. November 12-13
Senate Confirms New Archivist of the United States. David Ferriero to begin work at the National Archives & Records Administration
Obama Announces New Members of President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities.
The list of those on the committee includes celebrities, philanthropists, business, and community leaders.
Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)
- The November 9, 2009 (PDF) COSSA Washington Update covered the following, and more:
- Senate Passes CJS Spending Bill; Defeats Coburn Amendment to Eliminate Political Science at NSF; Vitter Amendment Falls
- COSSA Holds Annual Meeting
- Robinson Confirmed to Run Office of Justice Programs; Lynch Named to Head Justice Statistics’ Bureau
- 2010 Census Advisory Committee Convenes for Decennial Update
- White House Announces Increased Emphasis on Program Evaluations
- A Decade Later --Diabetes Prevention Program Reports Persistence of Benefits of Lifestyle Changes
- NSF’s EHR Advisory Committee Examines Technology in Education
- NIA Uses ARRA Funds to Extend Research on Health, Economics of Older Americans
- NIH: Science of Behavior Change An Agency-Wide Research Priority
- The November 9, 2009 (PDF) COSSA Washington Update covered the following, and more:
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: Anglo-American Conference of Historians 2010: “Environments.” Abstracts due November 20, 2009.
Call for Papers: “Student Activism, Southern Style.” Call for papers on any aspect of southern student activism in the 1960s and 70s, for a conference to be held at the University of South Carolina, March 19-21, 2010. Abstracts due by December 1, 2009.
Call for Proposals: Punk Area Panels. Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association’s Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010. If you are working on a project about various aspects of Punk around the world, we encourage you to send a proposal. Submissions due December 15, 2009.
Read more about all of these events and more at the AHA’s online calendar.
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: Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Liz Townsend, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: November 13, 2009