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:
- Miniconference Planned for 2011 - Religion, Peace, and Violence
- January Perspectives on History
- Protecting Cultural Heritage in Haiti
- Seeking Reviewers - Teaching American History Grants
- Nominations for Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award
- AHA Today – Recent history news
- News from Washington – Updates from NCH, NHA, and COSSA
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Miniconference Planned for 2011 on Religion, Peace, and Violence
Inspired by the success and impact of the miniconference on same-sex marriage held at the 124th annual meeting in San Diego, and responding to the crucial roles played by religion in the scale and nature of violence in the world today, the AHA Council decided to present a similar threaded miniconference during the 125th annual meeting, to be held January 6–9, 2011, in Boston, focusing on the theme, “Historical Perspectives on Religion, Peace, and Violence.”
Matching and building on the theme of the 125th annual meeting, “History, Society, and the Sacred,” the planned miniconference will encourage explorations of religion as a force both in encouraging violence and inspiring peace. We are eager to make the most of a key asset of the AHA, by bringing together scholars in varying time periods and geographical locales.
For more information see a longer description of the miniconference online.
The process of identifying themes and topics is now under way, so suggestions from AHA members will receive serious and respectful consideration. Please e-mail your ideas and proposals by April 1, 2010, to Noralee Frankel, AHA’s assistant director for women, minorities, and teaching, who serves as the staff member of the working group. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
January Perspectives on History
The January 2010 issue of Perspectives on History begins with new AHA president Barbara D. Metcalf’s inaugural “From the President” article: “Doing History for Life.” In it she considers how one continues doing history after retirement.
History Job Market
The state of the history job market was a popular, though not always positive, topic at the recent 124th Annual Meeting. Read two articles from Robert B. Townsend on the job market and history PhDs.
- A Grim Year on the Academic Job Market for Historians
- History PhDs Grow in Number and Diversity in 2007–08
In AHA News, even as the new council members are announced, we’re gearing up for the next election. And speaking of looking ahead, make sure to submit your proposal for the 125th annual meeting (deadline February 15, 2010). In this issue we also recognize the generosity of the 2009 contributing members, and consider a new online project: a “History Syllabus Wiki.”
From the NCH and the NHC
We hear from both the National Coalition for History (NCH) and the National History Center (NHC) this month. From the NCH: the “Obama Administration Issues Sweeping Open Government Directive” and other news briefs. And from the NHC, news that they’ve received $1.457 million from the Mellon Foundation and are working on a new seminar series.
All of this, plus articles on economic history, Teaching American History grants, and ethics for historians are featured in this month’s Perspectives on History.
Protecting Cultural Heritage in Haiti
The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) is an organization that works “to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict, natural and man-made disasters.”
In response to the earthquake in Haiti, the ICBS is calling for volunteers from libraries, archives, museums, to be placed on a list to go to Haiti as soon as the structural conditions have been assessed and it is safe to work in the buildings or at the sites. They have also begun a Facebook page to share “news about cultural heritage, institutions affected in Haiti.”
Seeking Reviewers - Teaching American History Grants
The 2010 U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History (TAH) grant competition needs your help to review TAH grant applications.
The anticipated grant review dates are mid-March to early April 2010.
You may serve as a TAH grant reviewer if you meet at least one of the following qualifications:
- A degree in history
- K-12 history teacher
- History professor
- TAH grant director
- TAH grant partner
- History scholar
- Other history-related professional
- Professional development provider
- Evaluator or evaluation specialist
If selected, you will serve on a panel with two other reviewers. This process includes one week of reading applications on your own and two weeks of telephone meetings with your panel. An honorarium is given to those who complete the grant review.
For more information on the TAH program, please visit the program web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/index.html.
Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award
National winner receives $10,000
State winners each receive $1,000
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award presents $10,000 to the best history teacher in America. The national winner is chosen from outstanding history teachers in each state, district, and U.S. territory. State winners receive $1,000 and an archive of books and other resources for their school. The award is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Preserve America, and HISTORY™ (the History Channel).
Nominations for the Preserve America History Teacher of the Year can be made by a department or division head, school director, social studies director, principal, superintendent, colleague, student, or parent. In 2010, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will honor a middle or high school teacher of grades seven through twelve. K-6 teachers are honored every other year. To nominate a teacher and learn more about the award, visit: www.gilderlehrman.org/htoy.html
You may also contact the Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year coordinator at email@example.com or via phone at (646) 366-9666 x28.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
Howard Zinn, Paradigmatic People’s Historian, Dies at 87
Howard Zinn, the historian who translated his pioneering vision of the past—seeing it from the perspective of ordinary people—into progressive and radical political action, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the age of 87.
Louis R. Harlan, former president of the AHA, dies January 22, 2010
Louis R. Harlan, historian, former AHA president, and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, passed away this past Friday, January 22, 2010 after a long illness. He was 87. Look to a futureissue ofPerspectives on History for an expanded remembrance.
The Half Had Not Been Told to Me: African Americans on Lafayette Square
The “Half Had Not Been Told to Me” online digital tour focuses on African American history in Lafayette Square during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (January 21, the Annual Meeting Edition, and January 28) and Grant of the Week (Cuban Heritage Collection of UMiami Libraries Fellowship Program and Summer Seminars in American History from the Gilder Lehrman Institute) posts.
At Open Forum AHR Staff Discuss How to Get Published in the Journal
Interested in submitting an article to the AHR, but find the process mysterious? At a well-attended lunch-time open forum held on Friday, January 8, 2010, at the annual meeting, Robert A. Schneider, the editor of the American Historical Review, Associate Editor Konstantin Dierks, and a team of editorial assistants revealed the intricacies of processing articles and book reviews for eventual publication in the historical journal.
Litigating for Same-Sex Marriages Is Wrong Strategy, Says John D' Emilio
Speaking on Saturday morning, January 9, 2010, to a large gathering at the breakfast meeting of the Committee on Women Historians, John D’Emilio (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago) declared that waging battles in courts to secure the right to have same-sex marriages is an entirely incorrect strategy for the gay and lesbian community.
Presidential Address and Prize Recipients at the 2010 General Meeting
The AHA’s General Meeting took place on Friday, January 8, 2010, at this year’s annual meeting. During this time the presentation of awards to recipients of AHA prizes took place, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gave her presidential address. Read on for an overview of the address and a list of all the award winners.
At its meetings at the 124th Annual Meeting, the AHA Council did the following:
What We're Reading: 124th Annual Meeting Edition
Before, during, and now after the 124th Annual Meeting of the AHA, the web has been abuzz with articles, blog posts, and tweets on meeting sessions, events, topics, and the history profession in general. We’ve put together a roundup of this coverage.
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)
Congress Passes Bill to Facilitate Donation of FDR Papers
On January 13, 2010, the House of Representatives approved a bill (S. 692) to facilitate the donation of the papers of Grace Tully, personal secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the National Archives.
Historians Appointed to Prominent Washington Positions
Two historians have recently been appointed to prominent positions in Washington: Adele Alexander is joining the National Council on the Humanities and William Roger Louis has been made the John W. Kluge Center Chair.
National Humanities Alliance
The National Humanities Alliance 2010 Annual Meeting & Humanities
Advocacy Day will take place in Washington, D.C., Monday, March 8 - Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
New advocate training will be provided on Sunday, March 7 (6:00-7:30pm) prior to the official start of events.
In order to attend, you must register by February 7, 2010. The fee to attend is $50. A block of hotel rooms is reserved for participants at a discounted rate ($119/night on Sunday, March 7 and $219/night March 8-10) at the One Washington Circle Hotel. Please call the hotel directly at (202) 872-1680 to make a reservation for the National Humanities Alliance group rate before February 7, 2010.
For more information see the AHA blog post on the National Humanities Alliance 2010 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day.
- Consortium of Social Science Associations
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: David Darlington, Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Arnita Jones, and Robert B. Townsend.
Last Updated: February 1, 2010