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AHA news and updates for the history profession.
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Survey: Print or Electronic?
As part of our current planning for the future of the AHA publications program, we are assessing different options for print and electronic publishing. For instance, some members have indicated that for environmental reasons they would prefer to receive AHA publications electronically rather than on paper. To help us weigh the potential cost implications of these changes, we are asking AHA members (and nonmembers as well) to answer a very brief survey about their preferences between print and electronic access to AHA publications. This is a very short survey (only six questions), so we ask you to please respond at your earliest convenience.
Summer Reception for Visiting Researchers
The AHA invites historians doing research in D.C. this summer to a reception at AHA headquarters (400 A St. SE) on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This gathering is an opportunity to mingle with colleagues who are doing research through local institutions and facilities in the Washington, D.C. area.
Prizes from the American Historical Association
The AHA invites submissions for its 2011 awards and prizes, including twenty book prizes, the Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history, the Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History, the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article by an undergraduate, and the John E. O'Connor Award for outstanding interpretations of history though the medium of film or video. The submission deadline is May 16, 2011. There are no application forms. Entrants must submit one copy of their work to each committee member. Further information and submission guidelines are available online.
AHA on LinkedIn
Now, along with Facebook and Twitter, you can network with the American Historical Association through LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals looking to connect with colleagues, share their work history, look for jobs, and more.
While the AHA has managed a business page on LinkedIn since last year, the new LinkedIn group page for the AHA is a space for discussion and connection on AHA issues and the history profession in general. Check out the discussion section, which offers another avenue to follow our blog, AHA Today as well as a place to start conversations. We welcome new members to our LinkedIn group, and look forward to this new means of connecting with historians of every field as well as those with an interest in history.
2011 Scholar Saver
The 2011 Scholar Saver is now available through member services (fifth item down in the right column of the member services home page). It includes discounts (from a few dollars to more than half off) on journals, books, and instructional materials in history and political science.
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 Member Services to make changes.
Departments and Organizations
Institutions that have previously listed in the Directory can make changes to their entry online. Your institution’s login information has been sent by e-mail to department contacts. If your department or organization did not receive a message from us, please write to Liz Townsend for assistance. To add your department or organization to the Directory, you can find details here.
Please log in and review your Directory listing by April 15, 2011, and let us know if your institution will or will not be listing this year. Updates to Directory entries before August 1, 2011, will be included in the print edition, and changes made throughout the year will appear immediately in the AHA Directory Online.
Free Access to the Directory in April 2011
We are pleased to announce that during the month of April we are offering free, unrestricted access to the online version of the Directory of History Departments, Organizations, and Historians.
To try the online Directory, you will just need to log in here as a Guest at (user: Guest, password: April2011). At the end of April, only members and institutions who have subscribed to the Directory (through the Member or Departmental Services Programs) or purchased access through the AHAs Publication Sales Shop will have full access. A limited version of the Directory, allowing lookup of basic contact information for listing institutions, will remain available.
Log on and see how your information is listed at your department, or compare history programs, or find a long-lost colleague. The online version of the Directory is intended to make it more useful for historians, administrators, and anyone interested in the history profession. Like the annual print version, the online Directory has information on over 820 history departments and historical institutions, and nearly 20,000 historians and history specialists. But with the online version you will also 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. Also, institutions are now updating their listings for the 2011–12 print Directory, so the online version will have the most up-to-date information.
Please give the online Directory a trial run and e-mail us at email@example.com to let us know what you think about it. Any suggestion you may have for its future development is appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
C-SPAN Classroom provides teachers an avenue to integrate video of the federal government directly into the classroom.
Civil War Resources: Teaching the Sesquicentennial
Look back at Civil War resources mentioned in past posts on AHA Today, and also check out EDSITEment’s Civil War Lesson Plans and articles from the National Archives Prologue magazine.
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.
Council on Undergraduate Research to Host Luncheon Briefing on the Hill “Undergraduate Research and the Humanities” program to take place April 13
National Humanities Alliance Holds 2011 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day Participants convene for annual conversation on the state of the humanities
March 7, 2011 Washington Update
The following items may be of interest to members. See the AHA Calendar for more upcoming meetings and seminars, research, awards and fellowships, internet resources, and upcoming exhibitions. Have a call for proposals, event, or award listing you’d like to submit? Simply send it in through our online form.
Call for Papers: Final Frontiers: Exploring Oceans, Islands, and Coastal Environments—The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich seeks paper proposals (due March 31, 2011) from junior scholars for a conference to be held at the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine, October 20-23, 2011, focused on the history of marine environments from 1700 to the present.
Call for Proposals: Writing across the Secondary School Curriculum—Call for proposals for a special issue of Across the Disciplines, spring/fall 2012, "Writing across the Secondary School Curriculum." Deadline: May 15, 2011.
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: Julia Brookins, David Darlington, Kelly Elmore, Noralee Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, James Grossman, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: July 14, 2011