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Fortnightly News is the AHA's e-mail newsletter, sent out twice a month to keep members up to date with the AHA and the history profession.
In this issue:
- Registration for the 2011 Annual Meeting – Now Open
- National History Center – Teaching Workshop & Decolonization Seminar
- AHA Today – Recent history news
- Call for Submissions – Regions and Regionalism
- News from Washington – Updates from NCH, NHA, and COSSA
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Registration for the 2011 Annual Meeting –
It is now possible to preregister and book hotel accommodations for the 125th Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, January 6-9, 2011.
Members can preregister by logging in to member services and clicking the link to “Meeting Registration” on the main page Members Services page. For information on how nonmembers can register see this page.
For the 2011 meeting, the AHA has combined the registration and hotel reservation process. After preregistering for the meeting, attendees will receive an acknowledgment of preregistration that will include information on making a hotel reservation. This confirmation will have a link to make a reservation via customized web site or by calling the housing service directly. Only Annual Meeting attendees who have first completed the meeting registration process will be permitted to make hotel reservations at the AHA’s meeting rates, and the housing service will ask attendees to supply their badge number (which will be included in the meeting preregistration confirmation). The process is designed to ensure that the deeply discounted AHA meeting rates are reserved for those who support the Annual Meeting—its attendees and exhibitors—and not for tourists and others who want to book a low-priced room in Boston. A link to housing will also be located in the Registration Resource Center.
See the AHA’s Annual Meeting web page for more information on hotels, venue locations, registration, exhibit hall details, transportation, and the Job Center.
National History Center
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Workshop at Annual Meeting
The National History Center will partner with the AHA’s Teaching Division and its Graduate and Early Career Committee (GECC) to present a workshop on “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” at the association’s Annual Meeting in Boston in January, NHC Founding Director Roger Louis recently announced.
The all-day workshop will convene Thursday, January 6, the first day of the Annual Meeting. It will be open at no additional cost to anyone who registers for the meeting, but space is limited, so the Center staff recommends registering early. Three sessions will address topics identified by the GECC as being of particular use to novice teachers: how to create an undergraduate course and develop a syllabus, how to become an effective lecturer for larger classes, and how to balance research, teaching, and service while completing the dissertation and searching for a job or fulfilling the requirements for gaining tenure.
Among the confirmed presenters are teaching and learning theorist Lendol Calder of Augustana College (Illinois); prize-winning lecturer Howard Miller of the University of Texas at Austin; and Kevin Reilly of Raritan Valley Community College, a founder of the World History Association known for successfully integrating scholarship, teaching and service to his institution and the profession. Katherine Hijar of California State University San Marcos, Aeleah Soine of Macalester College, and Professor Reilly will moderate.
Call for Applications for the 2011 Decolonization Seminar
The National History Center is now accepting applications from early-career scholars to participate in the sixth international summer seminar on decolonization, which will be held for four weeks, from Sunday, July 10, through Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and takes place at the Library of Congress.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
National Archives on YouTube
The National Archives’ YouTube channel is broken down into “playlists” or categories, which each hold dozens of videos related to a topic. While the majority of videos are documentary footage, you’ll also find educational videos about archives, cartoons, lectures, interviews, and public programs.
Call for Applications for the 2011 Decolonization Seminar
The National History Center is accepting applications from early-career scholars to participate in the sixth international summer seminar on decolonization.
Executive Secretary/Directors of the American Historical Association, 1884 to present
James R. Grossman has officially begun his term as the 18th executive director of the American Historical Association. In this post we list the previous directors of the association.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (September 9 and September 16) and Grant of the Week (Awards from the National Council on Public History) posts.
Call for Submissions – Regions and Regionalism
The AHA invites proposals by October 1, 2010, for a new pamphlet series on Regions and Regionalisms.
Regions and Regionalisms
Regions and the concomitant phenomenon of regionalisms are increasingly receiving attention as an object of historical study. For a large number of issues and questions, regions – understood as more or less integrated arenas of historical interaction that reach beyond the nation-state – appear to be the appropriate level of historical analysis. They promise to mediate between the local and national on the one hand, and global dimensions on the other.
Prospective authors may want to consider including in their essays the challenges that teachers and researchers working in the field encounter, as well as the current state and future prospects for the field of history. Manuscripts should be up to 60 typed pages (double-spaced) or about 15,000 words, with no more than 90 endnotes.
Proposals, of about 300 to 600 words, may be e-mailed by October 1, 2010, to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Publications Department, American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
Find more information in this recent post on the AHA’s blog.
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.
History Organizations Fight to Save Teaching American History Grants
In July, the National Coalition for History (NCH), and ten other NCH members joined forces with over 20 educational organizations representing other K-12 academic disciplines in issuing a statement to Congress and the Administration calling for the continued robust funding of core academic subjects including history.
Department of Education Accepting Javits Fellowship Applications
The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides fellowships to students to undertake study at the doctoral and master of fine arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
President Obama Signs $26.1 Billion Education-Medicaid Package Measure Expected to Prevent Teacher Layoffs, Reduce State Higher Education Cuts
Agencies Already at Work Crafting FY 2012 Budgets Congress to return to work on the FY 2011 appropriations process in September
September 13, 2010Washington Update
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: David Darlington, Kelly Elmore, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: September 16, 2010