Member Action

The American Historical Association encourages its members to participate in civic culture, as historians. We have created forums at our web site relating to specific issues and events, such as Supreme Court decisions, candidate debates, and major issues relating to higher education. But historians should not wait for an invitation from the AHA to weigh in on conversations in the media, in their communities, and anywhere else that would benefit from the particular insights that historians bring to public affairs. And our members will benefit from seeing what their colleagues have to say. So please send links when you publish something online that relates to any aspect of public affairs.

You Have to Know History to Actually Teach It

Eric Foner

Eric Foner, former AHA president, sits down with David Cutler of the Atlantic to discuss the teachers who influenced him and how high-school history teachers can better prepare students for college.


Perspectives on President Obama’s College Affordability Plan

President Obama in Buffalo, NY

In this AHA Roundtable, we offer perspectives on this proposal from a number of prominent historians and faculty leaders at a variety of institutions. We also recommend reading the White House fact sheet on the proposal, the transcript from the president's speech in Buffalo, and a summary of reactions to the proposal (including that of AHA executive director James Grossman) in Inside Higher Ed

AHA Roundtable on President Obama’s College Affordability Plan