April 2, 2012
AHA news and updates for the history profession.
On March 22, 2012, AHA Executive Director James Grossman, and a diverse group of other humanities supporters, testified before the House Committee on Appropriations' Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to advocate for the humanities and NEH funding.
As graduation season approaches, the AHA's Professional Division urges graduate students and their advisers to be aware of their institutions' policies regarding the electronic publication of theses and dissertations. While there is no conclusive evidence that electronic publication can make it more difficult to publish a revised version of a dissertation, the division feels that students and their advisors should be aware of the possibility.
The online version of the April 2012 issue of Perspectives on History is now available, and features articles on amateur historians' love for history, the complexities of the History Tuning Project, using Wikipedia and blogs in the classroom, and much more. Log in to AHA online services for full access to all the content in this issue.
We are currently considering whether historians would be interested in receiving e-books for review, and invite all members to fill out a brief survey about current reviewing and reading practices.
AHA members are invited to submit news about themselves, including notices of recent hires, promotions, publications, fellowships or awards received, and other updates of a professional nature to Elisabeth Grant, web editor at the AHA. News submitted by this Wednesday, April 4, 2012, will be included in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on History, while news submitted after that deadline will be featured on the AHA's blog.
Taylor Stoermer is a historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, as well as an invited research scholar at Brown University. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has been an AHA member since 2005. Would you like to nominate a colleague for the AHA Member Spotlight? Contact Nike Nivar for more information.
The American Historical Association seeks nominations for its Equity Awards, which recognize individuals and institutions for excellence in recruiting and retaining students and new faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented within the historical profession. Deserving nominees will have records that include such achievements as mentoring, program building, fundraising initiatives, pursuing civic engagement, and enhancing department and campus culture to promote a supportive environment. Nominations are due by May 15.
AHA Members are invited to submit nominations for the AHA Award for Scholarly Distinction, which is given annually to senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States. Generally, they must also be of emeritus rank, if from academic life, or equivalent standing otherwise. Submit nominations to Sharon K. Tune, Assistant Director, American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889, by April 30.
The deadline for nominations (including self-nominations) to the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize has been extended to May 15. The Prize this year will recognize groups who demonstrate excellence and innovation in K-12 history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives. The prize carries a cash award plus $250 in travel expenses to the 127th AHA annual meeting in New Orleans. To be eligible, the group must be composed of a majority of K-12 teachers. Each letter of nomination must include the name and address of an individual in the group that can be contacted. Please note that self-nominations are allowed. For more information about the prize, please see the prize page online.
Articles for "Our Story"
The New Jersey Council for History Education's newsletter "Our Story" is looking for articles from scholars that could be used to pair with lesson plans for the newsletter. Any article, either recently published or rejected, on a U.S., world, or European history topic is eligible. Please contact Peter Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tony Maccarella (email@example.com) for more information and instructions on how to submit. Articles will be published this spring.
The American Historical Association is preparing to publish the annual Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians. 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, 2012, and let us know if your institution will or will not be listing this year. Updates made now will be included in the print edition, and changes made throughout the year will appear immediately in the AHA Directory Online.
With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 (Belknap Press, 2011)
By David Stevenson
Stevenson (London School of Economics) offers a brilliant new study, an analysis-cum-narrative of the epochal events of 1918.
The Debate on the Crusades (Manchester University, 2011)
By Christopher Tyerman
Tyerman (Oxford) has distinguished himself here and elsewhere as a leading commentator on how historians and the public write and think about the Crusades.
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (Belknap, Harvard, 2011)
By Ezra F. Vogel
Vogel captures the most turbulent period in the modern 20th century in this 928-page tome.
The New-York Historical Society’s Institute for Constitutional History (ICH) and the Stanford Constitutional Law Center invite university instructors (including adjuncts, part-time faculty, and post-doctoral fellows) to apply for a summer workshop on “Assessing the US Constitution: Twenty-First-Century Responses to Eighteenth-Century Assumptions."
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: 5th Annual ASMEA Conference: History & the "New" Middle East & Africa
Submit proposals by May 15, 2012 for the 5th annual ASMEA Conference on “History & the "New" Middle East & Africa,” which will take place in D.C. October 11-13, 2012.
Grants:Research Grants for Authors
The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2012/2013 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpretive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Deadline: April 15.
In the past 30 days we've received over 20 job ads. Two are posted below. Sign in to the AHA web site to access info the links below, and to find other job ads. Information on how to advertise a job is available here.
Ancient Mediterranean – University of Northern Arizona
The Department of History at the University of Northern Arizona seeks a visiting assistant professor of ancient Mediterranean history.
United States – Tulane University
Tulane University History Department seeks two visiting assistant professors in U.S. history, starting August 2012, with specializations in the Civil War and Reconstruction and 20th-century African American history.
Again, sign in to the AHA web site or more information about these and other positions.
Dane Kennedy of George Washington University will kick off the last half of the Washington History Seminar’s spring semester today, April 2, with “Reassessing Exploration: The West in the World.” Subsequent presentations will address the Lumumba assassination and CIA accountability, anti-Zionism in Germany, U.S.-Burma relations during the Cold War, and more. For information, please visit National History Center.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA's blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
History Blueprint: New Website for History Education
History Blueprint is a new history teaching website spearheaded by the California History-Social Science Project at the University of California, Davis. Just recently launched, the site currently offers one curriculum unit (on the Civil War) and three prototypes of teaching tools.
What We’re Reading
The latest “What We’re Reading” posts (March 29 and March 22) include links to articles on the Eisenhower memorial design, preserving WWII oral histories, new text analyzing techniques, and more.
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:
National Humanities Alliance
Announcements from the National Humanities Alliance:
NHA Invites Nominations & Applications for Executive Director Position. Deadline for submissions is April 30.
National Humanities Alliance Holds 2012 Annual Meeting & Humanities Advocacy Day. Participants convene in Washington, DC.
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Last Updated: April 3, 2012