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.
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Directory – Online Edition
Two week free trial
We are pleased to report that a new online searchable edition of the Directory of History Departments and Organizations is now available to members and institutions. For the next two weeks you will be able to sample the online Directory by logging in at http://www.historians.org/pubs/directory2/loginform.cfm and logging in as a Guest (user: Guest, password: To1031).
Easier to search
This new, searchable online edition is intended to make the Directory more useful for historians, administrators, or anyone interested in the history profession. Like the print version, the online Directory has information for over 820 history departments and historical institutions, and nearly 20,000 historians and history specialists. You will be able to identify specialists in particular subjects and from particular schools; develop benchmark groups of departments with similar degrees, tuition levels, and numbers of students and faculty; and you can also look up the holdings and programs of more than 100 historical organizations. Access to the online Directory is free on a trial basis for all members until October 31, 2009. After that, it will remain accessible to members and institutions who have subscribed or purchased a subscription through the Pubs Shop.
Send us your feedback
After using the online Directory, please let us know what you think about it, and how it might be improved, by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. We will continue to develop the Directory in the coming years, so your comments and suggestions will play an important part in shaping its future development.
Forms for the 2010 annual meeting Job Center are now available online. Search committees can reserve space at free interview tables or parlor rooms (at cost), or notify the AHA that they are interviewing in privately arranged suites. Deadline for reservations is November 15.
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 email@example.com. The Task Force will keep all information you provide strictly confidential.
Two-Year College Task Force
The ad hoc Two-Year College Task Force, which had been 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. At the end of its three-year tenure, the task force is expected to present a set of recommendations to Council.
The Two-Year College Task Force was prompted, among other things, by a recommendation of the Working Group on the Future of the AHA, which was concerned about the small number of faculty from two-year colleges who were members of the Association.
Purpose: The Working Group on the Future of the AHA recommended, therefore, that a new task force should be constituted to explore how to increase AHA membership of community college faculty by better serving their needs. The task force will also address the issues of part-time two-year faculty.
The task force held its first meeting in Washington, D.C., in June 2009. Questions about the task force may be addressed to: Noralee Frankel at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the AHA’s blog, AHA Today, soon for more information on the Task Force.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
Forum Network – Free lectures online
The Forum Network is a collaboration of PBS and NPR, bringing together audio and video lectures online for free. The site contains hundreds of lectures, which visitors can search through by topic, series, and speaker.
The U.S. Supreme Court – Past, Present, and Future
A recent article, “Down the Memory Hole,” by Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times anticipates the release of former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s papers. Finding Greenhouse’s article led to some internet wandering for more Supreme Court news and resources.
Slavery in America – Online Resources
UNCG recently announced the launch of its new online Digital Library on American Slavery. This new resource has the potential to be of great use to researchers, and inspired us to bring you a roundup of some other slavery resources.
War Posters in the World Digital Library
Presenting a number of interesting war posters from the World Digital Library.
Happy 3rd Birthday AHA Today!
Three short years ago AHA Today joined the blogosphere to share “the latest happenings in the broad discipline of history” as well as to “serve as a clearinghouse for interesting, and perhaps useful information about the profession.” Since that time AHA staff members have produced over 850 blog posts, which have been viewed by more than 200,000 visitors.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (October 1, October 8, and October 15) and Grant of the Week posts (Lincoln Prize from Gettysburg College, Bancroft Prizes from Columbia Universityand Academic and Artistic Fellowships from the Camargo Foundation).
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.
Conference: Scotland's Global Impact - How one small nation changed the world!—An international conference in Inverness, Scotland, celebrating the contribution Scots have made to business, culture, education and society on a global level. October 22-24, 2009.
Call for Papers: Networks—The Center for the Study of Citizenship holds its 7th Annual conference, April 8-10, 2010, at Wayne State University. Submit proposals online no later than Friday, October 23, 2009.
Call For Papers: Missouri Valley History Conference—The 53rd annual Missouri Valley History Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 4-6, 2010. Proposals accepted until November 1, 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.
National History Center
The National History Center recently added the first in a new series of podcasts and video of the most recent congressional briefing to its web site. Read on for more information.
New Books In History Podcast of Atlantic World Book
The National History Center has entered into a partnership with New Books In History, which audiocasts interviews with historians discussing their latest research and writing. The first in the series offered in conjunction with the New Books in History, focuses on the “Reinterpreting History” books, published by Oxford University Press
Alan Brinkley Gives A Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression
Professor Alan Brinkley, Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, gave a briefing to Members of Congress and their staff in May 2009. He spoke on the relevance of the Great Depression to today’s current economic situation, Roosevelt’s actions to stimulate the economy in the 1930s, and the recovery that took place.
National Council for History Education
The National Council for History Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of history in schools and society, has announced the appointment of Peter Seibert as executive director. He assumed this position on September 21, 2009, as director of the 5,000-member national organization headquartered in College Park, Maryland.
Mr. Seibert is the past president and chief executive officer for the Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Inc., a regional history museum located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. For additional information, contact the National Council for History Education at (240) 696-6600.
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)
Urge the Senate Not to Eliminate NSF’s Political Science Program
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has proposed an amendment (No. 2631) to eliminate the National Science Foundation’s political science program. Contact your senator’s office today to ask them to vote against Coburn’s amendment.
Ferriero Confirmation Hearing as U.S. Archivist (update)
As part of last week’s confirmation hearing to become Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero provided responses to an extensive pre-hearing questionnaire prepared by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Action Alert - Help Save Political Science Research Funding Senator Coburn proposes Amendment to eliminate political science research funding within NSF.
Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)
The October 12, 2009 (PDF) COSSA Washington Update covered the following, and more:
- Senator Coburn Threatens to Eliminate NSF’s Political Science Program
- Groves Updates Senate Panel on 2010 Preparations; Amendment Proposes New Census Question on Citizenship
- NSF Announces DOD Supported Awards
- IES Issues Guide to Help Students Prepare for College
- APSA Report Examines U.S. Standing in the World
- AAHRPP Issues Final Revised Accreditation Standards
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, David Darlington, Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Liz Townsend, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: October 16, 2009