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:
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends and colleagues.
March Perspectives on History
In the March issue of Perspectives on History hear from AHA President Barbara D. Metcalf as she considers views of Lincoln in India in “Anniversary Anecdotes and Contesting Clichés” and Executive Director Arnita A. Jones as she presents “The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century Revisited.” This issue also addresses topics on writing history, using film and alternative methods in the classroom, the 124th annual meeting, and assorted news. Here are a few highlights:
Putting Academic History in Context: A Survey of Humanities Departments
By Robert B. Townsend
Crafting Histories: For Whom Does One Write?
By Dipesh Chakrabarty
Reaching a Broader Audience: History Writing for the Young Adult Market
By Russell Olwell
The Trouble with Film
By Philippa Levine
Teaching History Sixties Style at Temple University
By Ralph Young
Council Approves Interest Groups in AHA
Members of the American Historical Association will now be able to create interest groups (organized bodies of history specialists), under a policy approved by Council in January. The new interest groups are intended to supplement the existing affiliated societies—creating opportunities for new or underserved areas of topical and professional interest to develop within the AHA.
For more information see today’s blog post on AHA Today.
Name That Decade – Results
Late last year we asked AHA members and the public to name the decade, “offer[ing] their suggestions…for a catchy phrase that can wittily sum up the decade.” Ideas were submitted through the comment section on the blog. Then, at the beginning of this month, we asked you to cast your vote on the submissions. Well, the votes have been tallied, and the winner is: “The Lost Decade.” Congrats to Robert McCusker for submitting the winning phrase.
This daily television program was broadcast on meeting hotel channels and featured interviews with AHA Council members, staff, and attendees of the meeting. HistoriansTV also produced reports on history programs at a number of universities.
HistoriansTV will once again be a part of the AHA’s Annual Meeting next January 2011 in Boston.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
New Salary Report Shows Little Growth in History
Average faculty salaries in history were essentially unchanged from the previous year, as average salaries for regular full-time faculty at most ranks grew by less than one percent.
Online Oral History Projects, Part IV
The Studs Terkel web site presents hundreds of Terkel’s recordings for online listening.
New Survey of Humanities Departments Puts History in Context
Some of the findings in a just-released survey by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (March 4 and March 11) and Grant of the Week (Scholarly Research Fellowships from the Kentucky Historical Society and Rear Admiral John D. Hayes Pre-Doctoral Fellowship) posts.
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 Humanities Alliance
Find the following and more in the February 26, 2010 NHA-Announce:
NHA Submits Humanities Jobs Proposal to Congress $60 million requested to stimulate new teaching positions at postsecondary institutions
New Data Available on College & University Humanities Departments Humanities enjoy strong student demand but declining conditions for faculty
President Obama Presents 2009 Humanities Medals Eight Americans honored on February 25
Consortium of Social Science Associations
COSSA Washington Update Volume 29, Issue 4 - Tokeep its constituency informed, the Consortium produces a biweekly newsletter, the COSSA Washington Update, that covers: Federal policies and debates relevant to social and behavioral scientists and sources of federal support for research.
Please feel free to forward this email on to a colleague or friend.
Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: March 12, 2010