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:
- Annual Meeting 2010 - Updates
- November Perspectives on History – Now online
- Committee on Minority Historians
- Directory of History Journals - Updated
- Name that Decade!
- AHA Today – Recent history news
- National History Center – Podcasts and Online Lectures
- News from Washington – Updates from NCH and COSSA
- Calendar – History Events
- 125th Anniversary Fund
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Annual Meeting 2010
The AHA’s next annual meeting is approaching fast. By now you should have received your copy of the meeting Program, which features almost 400 sessions—the largest number of sessions in the AHA’s history. If you have not already registered for the meeting and made your reservations, we hope you will do so now.
To facilitate your participation, be sure to check out:
Registration. After you register for the Meeting you will receive a link to make hotel reservations at member rates.
General Information. This includes information on hotels, transportation, registration, and other services.
Events. And of more particular interest, we also have information on this year’s Film Festival, presidential sessions, the General Meeting awards ceremony, and the AHA’s partnership with HistoriansTV.
San Diego Destinations. Read general tips about local attractions in San Diego as well as recent articles on “The Historic Gaslamp Quarter and Stingaree” (by John C. Putman), and other kid-friendly attractions (by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman).
- Tours in San Diego. These tours are organized by the Local Arrangements Committee.
Please note that both rooms and tables are still available for interviewing at the Job Center. If you are on a search committee interviewing in a privately arranged suite, please let us know where you will be interviewing to help your candidates arrive at their appointments on time.
November Perspectives on History
The November issue of Perspectives on History covers topics in the news, teaching, the annual meeting, and more.
In the News Column this month, Robert B. Townsend asks “Is There a Future for Journals in the Humanities?” Then, learn about the AHA’s Two-Year College Task Force, new Equity Awards, and endowment drive for a new South Asian History prize.
Teachers and those interested in the teaching of history should check out a number of articles in this issue, including: Why Teach about Federal Finances in Modern U.S. History Courses? by Andrew Yarrow, Should Class Participation Be Graded? by Bonnie M. Miller, Advanced History Seminar by Scott Culclasure, and It’s Elementary: Focusing on History Teaching, K–5 by Elise Fillpot.
All of these articles, plus a new “Masters at the Movies” article, news from our affiliates, Member News and three “In Memoriams” are included in the November 2009 issue of Perspectives on History.
Committee on Minority Historians
The Committee on Minority Historians (CMH) needs your help. The Committee on Minority Historians has invited minority graduate students and first year faculty to a complimentary continental mentoring breakfast on Friday, January 8, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Hyatt, Windsor B. The CMH needs senior faculty to talk to the graduate students who have signed up for the breakfast. Please join the committee in a discussion of life in the profession. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Noralee Frankel at email@example.com as soon as possible, but by December 18.
Directory of History Journals – Updated
The AHA recently updated the Directory of History Journals! The Directory has been available for a little over two years and offers an extensive database with links to English-language journals that publish in various fields of history. The database currently includes 393 journals divided by category in alphabetical order. In our recent update of the Directory, we have added new titles and provided new links to some of the journals that were already listed. In the last couple of years, in fact, a few journals have migrated to new presses, while some presses have changed the configuration of their web sites and assigned new links to their journals.
In effort to provide the best service possible, we would love to hear from you! We look forward to receiving your comments on how we can improve this database, and we encourage your suggestions about possible new additions. If you ever see something that needs to be changed or would like to see a journal added to the existing list, feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Name That Decade!
The first decade of the new century is just about to slip into history. How should we refer to it? Submit your best thoughts at AHA Today. The best entries will be published in Perspectives on History and in AHA Today.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
2009 AHA Election Results
See a list of the winners of the 2009 AHA Election. These individuals will begin their terms of office following the 124th Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Remembering JFK – November 22, 1963
November 22, 1963. America was in the midst of the Cold War. The Cuban Missile Crisis had just taken place the year before. And to top it all off, JFK received a fatal shot while driving through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
Resources for Minority Historians
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the creation of the “Resources for Minority Historians” portal web page.
Roy Rosenzweig Fellowship Endowment Still Needs Support
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.
Inuit Contact: An Arctic Culture Teaching Resource
The Inuit Heritage Trust, which is committed to protecting the heritage of arctic peoples, has created “Inuit – Contact and Colonization,” a resourceful teaching web site.
David Ferriero Sworn in as Archivist of the U.S.
On November 13, David Ferriero, the former Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, was sworn in as the tenth Archivist of the United States.
National History Center
The National History Center recently announced a new podcast and online lecture:
New Books in History Podcast of Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars
New Books in History has a new podcast of an interview with Mark Philip Bradley and Marilyn Young, the editors of the Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars, the first volume in the Reinterpreting History series produced by the National History Center and Oxford University Press.
Philippa Levine’s Lecture on Women and Decolonization
Professor Philippa Levine, Professor of History at the University of Southern California, gave the lecture on Still Invisible?: Women, Gender, and Decolonization, as part of the National History Center’s fourth international seminar on decolonization and its public lecture series.
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)
Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress Meeting
On November 16, the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress (ACRC) met at the National Archives. The Advisory Committee is comprised of the officials in Congress responsible for its records.
Application Period Open for NEH 2010 Summer Workshops & Seminars
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced it is now accepting applications for its 2010 Summer Programs in the Humanities for Teachers.
Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)
- The November 23, 2009 (PDF) COSSA Washington Update covered the following, and more:
- SBE Advisory Committee Meets and Hears Many Reports
- Laub Gets Hearing at Senate Judiciary Committee
- Shah Leaves Agriculture; Nominated to Head USAID
- Collins Addresses SMRB; Urges Scientific Community to Tell Story
- NIH SMRB: Working Groups Provide Status Reports
- NIH Director's Council of Public Representatives Meet
- COPR Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary: Welcomes Six New Members
- Healthy People 2020
- NIH Launches Second Phase of Patient Reported Outcomes Initiative
- Conference Examines Measurement of Innovation
- NIH and CDC Seek Applications for Obesity Policy Research
- Social Work Research Group Joins COSSA
- The November 23, 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: 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. Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2009.
Call for Papers: Historians of the 20th-Century United States Conference, to be held at the Marcus Cunliffe Centre for the Study of the American South at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, on July 1-3, 2010. Submission deadline: December 11, 2009.
Call for Proposals: Punk Area Panels —Punk Planet Panel: SW/TX PCA/ACA, 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. The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 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: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Pillarisetti Sudhir, Liz Townsend, and Robert B. Townsend.
Last Updated: November 25, 2009