From the 2003 Annual Meeting column in the December 2002 Perspectives
2003 General Meeting
AHA Staff, December 2002
The AHA General Meeting will take place Friday, January 3, 2003, at 8:30 p.m. in the International Ballroom South of the Hilton Chicago. President-elect James M. McPherson (Princeton Univ.) will announce the recipients of the following prizes and awards:
Herbert Baxter Adams Prize: Named for one of the Association's founding members and its first secretary, this prize was established in 1903 for works in the field of European history. It is offered annually for an author's first substantial book, and the chronological coverage alternates between the early European period one year and the modern period the next, and the 2002 prize is being awarded for the early European period, ancient to 1815.
AHA Prize in Atlantic History: The Prize in Atlantic History was created in 1998 in accordance with the terms of a gift from James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It is offered annually to recognize outstanding historical writing that explores aspects of integration of Atlantic worlds before the twentieth century.
George Louis Beer Prize: Established by a bequest from Professor Beer, a historian of the British colonial system before 1765, this prize is offered annually in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895.
Albert J. Beveridge Award: This award was established in memory of Senator Beveridge of Indiana through a gift from his wife and donations from AHA members from his home state. It is awarded annually for the best English-language book on American history (United States, Canada, or Latin America) from 1492 to the present.
Paul Birdsall Prize: The Birdsall Prize is awarded biennially for a major work in European military and strategic history since 1870.
James Henry Breasted Prize: Established in 1985, this prize, named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the Association in 1928, is offered for the best book in English in any field of history prior to 1000 A.D. The prize has been endowed by Joseph O. Losos, a longtime member of the Association..
Albert Corey Award: This prize, cosponsored by the AHA and the Canadian Historical Association, is awarded biennially for the best book on Canadian-American relations or the history of both countries.
John E. Fagg Prize: The American Historical Association confers the John E. Fagg Prize for the best publication in the history of Spanish and Latin America, in honor of Professor Fagg, who taught Latin American history at New York University from 1945 to 1981.
John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History: Established in 1968 by friends of John K. Fairbank, an eminent historian of China and a president of the AHA in 1967, the prize is an annual award offered for an outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Korea, or Japan since the year 1800.
Herbert Feis Award: Established in 1982, this annual prize, named after Herbert Feis (1893-1972), public servant and historian of American foreign policy, recognizes the outstanding work of public historians or independent scholars.
Morris D. Forkosch Prize: This biennial book prize alternates between the fields of British imperial or Commonwealth history and British history since 1485. The 2002 prize is for a book on British history.
Leo Gershoy Award: Established in 1975 by a gift from Mrs. Ida Gershoy in memory of her late husband, this annual prize is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of 17th- and 18th-century western European history.
Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History: This annual prize was established in 1983 by the Coordinating Council for Women in History and is administered by the AHA. It is offered for the best work in women's history and/or feminist theory.
Littleton-Griswold Prize: This annual prize is awarded for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society.
J. Russell Major Prize: The Major Prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history. It was established in memory of J. Russell Major, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990.
Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize: Established in 1973, the Marraro Prize is offered annually for the best work in any epoch of Italian history, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations.
George L. Mosse Prize: The Mosse Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance. It was established in 2000 with funds donated by former students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Mosse, eminent scholar of European history.
The Premio del Rey Prize:: This prize is awarded biennially for a distinguished book in English in the field of early Spanish or Hispanic history and culture, 500-1516 A.D.
The James Harvey Robinson Prize: This prize is awarded biennially for the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes. "Teaching aid" encompasses textbooks, source and reference materials, audiovisuals, computer-assisted instruction, and public history or museum materials.
Wesley-Logan Prize: The Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. It is awarded annually for an outstanding book on some aspect of the history of the dispersion, settlement, and adjustment and/or return of peoples originally from Africa.
Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Secondary Teaching: This prize is awarded annually for excellence in teaching techniques and knowledge of the subject of history at the post-secondary level.
Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for K-12 Teaching: Established in 1994 to recognize excellence and innovation in
elementary-, middle-, and secondary- school history teaching. Awarded on a two-year cycle rotation: individual and group. The 2002 prize will be awarded to an individual.
Gutenberg-e Electronic Book Prizes: Established in 1999 to support the development of exceptional dissertations into distinguished electronic monographs. The fourth set of recipients of the award-for dissertations in the field of history of North America before 1900-will be announced at the meeting.
John E. O'Connor Film Award: In recognition of his exceptional role as a pioneer in both teaching and research regarding film and history, the AHA established this award in honor of John E. O'Connor, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark. The award recognizes outstanding interpretations of history through the medium of film or video.
Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award: Established in 1992 by friends of Nancy Lyman Roelker to honor mentors in history, the award is offered on a three-cycle rotation. The 2002 award is for undergraduate mentors.
Awards for Scholarly Distinction: Established in 1984, this annual award recognizes senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States.
Honorary Foreign Member: This honor is conferred upon foreign scholars who are distinguished for their work in the field of history and who have markedly assisted the work of American historians in the scholar's country.
President's Address: After the presentation of awards and honors, AHA President Lynn Hunt will deliver her presidential address, "The World We Have Gained: The Future of the French Revolution." In this address, Hunt will take on the now classic question, how could the French Revolution be the source of both democracy and "totalitarianism"? She will focus on an aspect that has not been analyzed much in the two centuries of often acrimonious dispute about the revolution of 1789: the experience of time. Contemporaries experienced events as unfolding in a kind of temporal hothouse; this sense of compression of time ultimately opened the way to a different approach toward the future, that is, the conviction that human will could remake society. New attitudes toward the past, present, and future proved essential to both democracy and government by terror. Professor Hunt will also relate the experience of time to one of the most momentous consequences of the French Revolution, an increased attention to "the social," that is, to the notion that society has its own laws of operation open to human understanding and therefore to human intervention. The explosion of new plays, novels, and every manner of visual imagery helped instill this self-conscious awareness of social roles and patterns.
Following the meeting, members are invited to attend the presidential reception in the Hilton's Grand Ballroom.