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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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May 2010 - Perspectives on History Online
The May 2010 issue of Perspectives on History, now online, tackles the complex topic of “Controversy in the Classroom.” AHA President Barbara D. Metcalf sets the tone with her article, “History with Controversy, and History Without” while Perspectives on History Editor Pillarisetti Sudhir explains the theme in his introductory article, “Controversy in the Classroom: A Matter for Debate.”
15 articles follow, with advice on how tackle topics like sex, abortion, LGBTQ history, genocide, civil rights, religion, and more in the classroom. See all the “Controversy in the Classroom” articles in the May 2010 issue table of contents.
Read also, Executive Director Arnita Jones’s “Miscellaneous Thoughts
on Moving On” along with a number of news articles, letters to the editor, and more.
It’s now easier to share all of these articles through Facebook or e-mail by using the “share” and “email” buttons on the left side of each article page. See this recent blog post for more information.
AHA Committee Appointments 2011
Nominations to be submitted through e-mail by June 1, 2010
AHA members are invited to submit by June 1, 2010 (through e-mail only) names, together with c.v.’s, for consideration by the Association’s Committee on Committees as it draws up its list of nominees for service on the various appointive committees—standing, ad hoc, joint, and the book prize committees. In fall 2010 the Committee on Committees will draw up its list of nominations and submit it to Council for approval.
Nominations should clearly indicate for which committee or committees the member is being nominated. A list of the committees is in the March 2010 issue of Perspectives on History (and online at www.historians.org/Perspectives/issues/2010/1003/1003aha1.cfm).
Self-nominations are also encouraged. These also should be accompanied by the nominee’s c.v. and should indicate the committee or committees in which the member would like to serve.
Please note that only AHA members may serve in these appointive positions.
Nominations, along with a c.v. (of not more than five pages) of the nominee, should be sent by e-mail only to Noralee Frankel at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Committee on Committees” in the subject line. The nomination and c.v. should be e-mailed no later than June 1, 2010.
Perspectives on History - Political History Today
Perspectives on History invites proposals by July 1, 2010, for articles for a theme issue focused on Political History Today.
Readers interested in submitting articles that discuss different aspects of political history are invited to submit article proposals for consideration by the editorial board for possible publication in a theme issue of Perspectives on History that will be dedicated to explorations of the state of political history today.
The editorial board of Perspectives on History hopes that the essays in the thematically focused issue (expected to be published in May 2011), will provide an overview of different dimensions of political history in its various manifestations, such as diplomatic history, military history, administrative history, and the history of past politics, in teaching as well as research and in the contexts of academia and public history. The topics of the essays need not be limited to these suggested rubrics, however, and prospective authors can suggest other topics that should, in their opinion, be considered for inclusion in the theme issue.
Prospective authors can consider including in their articles the challenges that teachers and researchers working in the field encounter, the current state and future prospects for the field of political history.
Article proposals, of about 300 to 600 words, may be e-mailed by July 1, 2010 to
email@example.com or mailed to Perspectives on History, American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
Authors invited to send complete essays will be required to submit them by December 31, 2010.
AHA on Facebook & Twitter
The AHA’s Facebook page currently has over 1,100 fans. Check out what they’re all fans of by visiting for yourself.
One new feature on the AHA Facebook page is discussion topics, with new threads starting each week. Sign in to Facebook and share your thoughts.
If you’re a member of Facebook and would like to become a fan of the AHA, just head to our Facebook page and click on the “Like” link.
The AHA is also on Twitter. Visit our page and follow our tweets for news and information about the AHA and the history profession.
Listing in the Directory
The American Historical Association is preparing to publish the annual membership directory as part of the Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. We are asking every member to review their current information for their annual listing, as well as their preferences about whether they want their name to appear in the annual membership directory. You may login anytime to the member section to review your information at: http://www.historians.org/members/login.
Departments and Organizations
Institutions that have previously listed in the Directory can make changes to their entry online: http://www.historians.org/members/dosp/. Your institution’s login information has been sent by e-mail and by regular mail to department contacts. If you are in charge of one of the listing departments or organizations and did not receive a communication from us, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. And if your department or organization is not currently listed, but you think it should be, please contact us for more information.
We would like departments to log in and review their Directory listing by May 15, 2010 and let us know if your institution will or will not be listing this year. Updates to Directory entries before August 1, 2010, will be included in the print edition, but further changes can be made online throughout the year for the digital Directory.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
Turning the Pages Online
The National Library of Medicine’s Turning the Pages Online site presents "digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences."
Discovering the Civil War at the National Archives
The National Archives’ new “Discovering the Civil War” exhibit reexamines this well-visited topic through primary documents presented in new ways, like through videos and interactive touch-screens.
Sharing Perspectives on History Articles
Every Perspectives on History article online now features two buttons on the left side of the page: “share” and “email”.
Seeking Nominations for 2012 Program Committee
The AHA Research Division invites anyone interested in serving on the Program Committee for the 2012 annual meeting to submit their names for consideration.
Historical Maps Roundup
A roundup of new and old map resources.
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.
Senate Bill to “Preserve America’s Historical Record” Introduced
The PAHR legislation would establish a new federal program of formula grants to the states and territories to support archives and the preservation of historical records at the state and local level.
NARA Assesses Federal Agency Records Management Compliance
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently transmitted to Congress a report entitled: “Records Management Self-Assessment 2009: An Assessment of Records Management Programs in the Federal Government.”
Audit Reveals Wide Variation In Agency Open Government Plans
A ranking of agencies’ Open Government Plans compiled during an independent audit reveals the strongest and weakest agency plans.
Senate HELP Committee Seeks Input on ESEA Reauthorization Education Bill Could Reach Senate Floor by June.
Senator Harkin (D-IA) Introduces “The Keep Our Educators Working Act” on April 14 Legislation aims to create an education jobs fund.
National Archives Publishes Its Open Government Plan Agency puts forward plans to increase transparency and citizen participation.
May 3, 2010 COSSA Washington Update
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Pillarisetti Sudhir, Liz Townsend, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: May 7, 2010