November 14, 2011
AHA news and updates for the history profession.
The print version of the Program of the 126th Annual Meeting contains an incorrect map of the Ballroom Level of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. See this PDF of the hotel floorplans posted online for the correct version.
Program of the 126th Annual Meeting
There are now two ways to access the Program of the 126th Annual Meeting online: the Program website and a PDF version. The web version is the easiest to search, but the PDF version may be easiest to use on portable devices like iPads.
General information from the print Program is also now available online, with links out to many valuable resources. Check it out for information on public transit in Chicago, quiet rooms at the meeting, the shuttle schedule between hotels, accommodations for persons with disabilities, and much more.
Session of the Week
From now until the 126th annual meeting, we’ll be running a series of “Session of the Week” posts on the AHA blog to highlight the varied scholarship you can expect at the upcoming meeting. With over 250 sessions in the Program of the 126th Annual Meeting, there’s something for everyone’s field of interest. The most recent featured session is:
- Historians and the Obama Narrative
Saturday, January 7, 2012, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Chicago Ballroom VII (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
Chair: James Grossman, American Historical Association
- Peniel E. Joseph, Tufts University
- James Kloppenberg, Harvard University
- Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Notre Dame
- Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
Reservations are still being accepted for the annual meeting Job Center. There are some tables and a very limited number of interview rooms available. Please log on to the Job Center page to find the latest availability information and reservation forms. Questions? Contact Liz Townsend.
Institute for Constitutional History
The Revolutionary Origins of American Constitutionalism
Date: February 17 and 24, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 (2012)
Applications due: December 1, 2011
Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City
Instructors: Pauline Maier and R.B. Bernstein
This seminar will explore the origins of American constitutionalism and law in the Anglo-American past and the arguments and achievements of the revolutionary period (roughly 1764-1789). Its six sessions will examine the ideology and organizational forms of the resistance to Britain, look closely at the first state constitutions (the world's first written constitutions) and the issues they raised and to some extent resolved, then turn to the Articles of Confederation, the Federal Convention, the Constitution, state ratification debates, and the contributions of the First Federal Congress in fleshing out the new constitutional system.
Equal Justice Under Law: The Enduring Legacy of the Warren Court, 1953-1969
Date: February 9 and 23, March 1, 8, 22 and 29 (2012)
Applications Due: December 1, 2011
Location: George Washington University Law School, Burns Hall, Room 415, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
Instructor: Stephen Wermiel
This seminar will examine the Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s, stressing politics, doctrine, and the strong judicial personalities of the period. Topics covered will include the Court's transformative role in civil rights and civil liberties, the rights of the accused, the electoral process and access to the courts. The seminar will explore both the politics of the Warren Court and the Warren Court's impact on the politics of the nation.
Humanities Advocacy Day
The National Humanities Alliance's Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day will take place on March 19-20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. This event provides a unique opportunity to connect with a growing network of humanities advocates from around the country. Participants will have the opportunity to communicate the value of the humanities to Members of Congress and key Congressional staff as part of organized delegations.
First-time advocates have the option of participating in a pre-meeting Advocacy Training session to be held the evening of Sunday, March 18. On Monday, March 19, all participants are briefed on the current state of federal funding, and receive materials to distribute on the Hill for a range of important federal programs.
See the AHA Calendar for more upcoming meetings and seminars, research, awards and fellowships, 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, Panels, and Posters: W. E. B. Du Bois 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference
The year 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois. On his birthday in February of that year, it is fitting that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship: Dr. Du Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent as a professor at Atlanta University. In a four-day conference, beginning on February 20, 2013 and concluding on Du Bois's birthday of February 23, Clark Atlanta University will host panels that highlight his countless contributions. Conference proposals (individual papers, panels of 4-6 papers, and posters) should be sent to Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans (email@example.com, 404-880-6352) between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2012.
Research Support: Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history. The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students enrolled at a North American university who have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian PhDs who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. The Berlin Program is based at, funded and administered by the Freie Universität Berlin. The program's publicity and selection process is organized in cooperation with the German Studies Association (GSA). Applications are due December 1, 2011. For more information see the website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs — Most Recent
Colorado State, Public
The Department of History at Colorado State University seeks to fill a position in public history, open to any subfield. Entry-level, tenure-track, nine-month assistant professor position beginning August 15, 2012. The PhD in history or related field must be completed by the time of employment. The preferred candidate will contribute to the department's undergraduate and graduate curriculum and programs.
Virginia Military Inst., 20th-Century United States
The Virginia Military Institute announces a new tenure-track position at the beginning assistant professor level with a specialization in 20th-century U.S. history. The successful candidate will participate in the two-semester sophomore-level American history survey, and an upper-level sequence on 20th-century U.S. history. Candidates who specialize in political, social, cultural, or economic approaches to history are most welcome.
Columbia, Pre-1900 United States
The Department of History at Columbia University in the City of New York seeks a distinguished scholar and professor of American history concentrating on any aspect of U.S. history before 1900. Candidates must have a distinguished record of publications, teaching, and research. The successful candidate will be appointed to the rank of tenured professor or associate professor in the Department of History, to begin July 1, 2013.
The AHA has begun to develop discount offers for our members. Log in to member services and click the link to "Member Discounts" for current offers, and check back soon for updates and additions.
Steel on Lippmann, Leffler on Black Leadership
Today’s Washington History Seminar welcomes Ronald Steel, author of the acclaimed 1980 biographical study, Walter Lippmann and the American Century. Steel will reassess the place in history of Lippmann, arguably the most prominent journalist of the twentieth century. His presentation is also part of the History Center’s new collaborative venture, “Historians, Journalists, and the Challenges of Getting It Right.”
On November 21, Phyllis Leffler will discuss the findings of a ten-year oral history project on Black leaders and leadership, co-directed with Julian Bond. Leffler and Bond interviewed fifty individuals on topics such as the future of the family and the inspiration of the Civil Rights movement.
The seminar concludes the semester with presentations on two questions. On November 28, James Hershberg will consider whether the Vietnam War could have been concluded significantly earlier. On December 5, Thomas Bender will ask whether American history truly is exceptional. The program recommences for the spring semester on January 23 with Kevin Kenny on Lincoln and the Irish.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native American history and culture, and find teaching resources, through the links we’ve rounded up on AHA Today.
From the Archives Wiki: The UK Web Archive
The UK Web Archive, which is based in the British Library, is one of the oldest, most ambitious national initiatives to archive a small selection of the millions of web sites currently in the U.K. domain. Its aim is to “collect, preserve and give permanent access to key UK websites for future generations.”
What We’re Reading
The November 10 edition of What We’re Reading includes articles on the National Archives collaboration with National History Day, Veterans Day Resources, the British Library Royal Manuscripts App, and more. For the November 3 edition, we linked to more options for history PhDs, the 2011 Cliopatria Awards, thoughts on online peer review, and more.
Grant of the Week
Our most recent Grant of the Week posts include Massachusetts Historical Society-NEH Long-Term Research Fellowships and University of Chicago Library Short-term Fellowships.
The AHA 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. Their most recent reports include:
National Coalition for History
Recent news from the National Coalition for History:
ESEA Bill Passes With “Well-Rounded” Education Provision
On Oct. 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) completed its markup of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill includes an amendment, offered by Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., that would create a “well-rounded” education fund. School districts could use the money to fund programs in history, civics education, social studies and eight other subject areas.
National Humanities Alliance
Announcements from the National Humanities Alliance:
Online Registration Opens for NHA's 2012 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day
Events to be held March 19-20, 2012 in Washington, DC
General Appropriations Update
Senate Starts Moving FY12 Funding Bills
Read COSSA's most recent Washington Update for news on spending bills, Senate hearings, education and more.
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Last Updated: November 10, 2011