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From the 1999 Annual Meeting column in the November 1998 Perspectives

Highlights of the 1999 Annual Meeting

AHA Staff, November 1998

The 113th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 7–10, 1999, in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park (formerly Sheraton Washington) and the Omni Shoreham hotels. More than 800 scholars, including 106 from abroad, will appear on the program. In addition, 46 affiliated societies and other groups will cosponsor sessions or hold separate luncheons, sessions, and meetings. Affiliate events are listed in the front portion of the Program, beginning on page 25. AHA-sponsored sessions begin on page 97. Noted below are sessions sponsored by Association divisions and committees. Session numbers are indicated in parentheses.

The AHA Teaching Division is sponsoring several sessions, including "Workshop on the Holocaust" (27) at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; "Using Archival Collections in Secondary School" (28) at the Library of Congress; "Diverse Strategies for Teaching World History" (31); "Teaching United States History: Politics and Culture of the 1930s" (57) and "Teaching World History: Ibn Battuta and the Cosmopolitan Fourteenth Century" (84), two workshops on Saturday, January 9; "Taking the Next Step: Exploring the Interactive Use of Technology in Teaching History" (58); "Integrating American History into the World History Curriculum: Curricular Patterns and Case Studies" (108); "More Than Just a Game: The Integration of Sport into the History Curriculum" (129); and "Redesigning the Master of Arts Degree in History to Create Classroom Teacher Scholars" (130). For additional details on teaching-related activities, see pages 20-22 of the Program and the December Perspectives.

For the eighth year, the AHA Professional Division continues sponsorship of a workshop on "Interviewing in the Job Market of the 1990s" (1) in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the AHA Task Force on Graduate Education. Scheduled on Friday, January 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., session attendees will be divided into small interviewee groups, each led by a college or university faculty member or a public historian, who will conduct mock interviews and lead discussion of successful interview strategies. In the Friday afternoon time slot, the division will sponsor "Old Borders, New Boundaries: Doing American Diplomatic History in the Twenty-first Century" (30), chaired by division and Council member Marilyn Young (NYU). William O. Walker III (Florida International Univ.) will survey the general state of American diplomatic history, Laura A. Belmonte (Oklahoma State Univ.) will talk about a young scholar's view of the field, and Frank Costigliola (Univ. of Connecticut) will review new approaches to American diplomatic history.

The Professional Division will also sponsor two sessions on Saturday, January 9. Offered in the morning time slot, "The Job Market and the Production of PhDs in History" (56) is a roundtable discussion chaired by division vice president Carla Rahn Phillips (Univ. of Minnesota). Panel members are Ted Margadant (Univ. of California at Davis), Nancy Midgette (Elon Coll.), Timothy Crimmins (Georgia State Univ.), and William Keylor (Boston Univ.). The discussion will continue at the history department chairs luncheon with an exploration of relating graduate programs to a national context. Offered in the afternoon time slot, "Unionization and University Governance" (83) is a roundtable discussion chaired by division member Leila Fawaz (Tufts Univ.). Ernie Benjamin (American Association of University Professors), Carol Lasser (Oberlin Coll.), Gary W. Reichard (California State Univ. at Long Beach), and J. C. Robinson (California State Univ. at San Bernardino) will participate.

The AHA's Research Division will sponsor "Historians Use of Nontextual Materials: Access and Methodology" (2), chaired by division vice president Stanley N. Katz (Princeton Univ.). Saul Cornell (Ohio State Univ.), Richard Rath (Brandeis Univ.), and Nancy Fitch (California State Univ. at Fullerton) will deliver papers. With the AHA Task Force on Graduate Education, the Research Division will also sponsor the roundtable "What Constitutes a Good History Department? Graduate Students' Perspectives" (85).

The Committee on Minority Historians is sponsoring the roundtable "Seeing Is Believing: Presenting History and Culture in Public Places" (3). Clara Sue Kidwell (Univ. of Oklahoma), chair of the CMH, will lead panel members Fath Davis Ruffins (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution), John Kuo Wei Tchen (NYU), Lisbeth Haas (Univ. of California at Santa Cruz), and Miguel Bretos (Smithsonian Institution).

The Committee on Women Historians is sponsoring the session "Women and Violence in Comparative Perspective" (4). Crystal Feimster (Princeton Univ.) will speak about "The Exposure of Womanhood through Lynching"; Katherine R. Jolluck (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will address "Silencing Women: Violence against Polish Female Bodies and Identity during World War II"; and Larry Ball (Univ. of New Mexico) will discuss "From Manhood to Masculinity: Campaigns and Killing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century U.S. Army." Albert Hurtado (Univ. of Oklahoma) will chair and Drew Gilpin Faust (Univ. of Pennsylvania) will offer comment.

The AHA Task Force on Graduate Education is sponsoring four sessions. On Friday, January 8, the TFGE will sponsor a roundtable discussion of "Graduate Student Unions and the Historical Profession" (32) and on Saturday, January 9, a roundtable discussion of "Alternative Careers for Historians" (59). The task force will sponsor "What Constitutes a Good History Department? Graduate Students' Perspectives" (85) with the AHA Research Division, and cosponsor "Interviewing in the Job Market of the 1990s" (1) with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History. See pages 22-24 of the Program for additional activities of special interest to graduate students.

The Globalizing Regional History Project, sponsored by the AHA, the Conference on Latin American History, and the World History Association, will sponsor "World History and the Construction of Grand Narratives" (7), chaired by Philip D. Curtin (Johns Hopkins Univ.). Jerry Bentley (Univ. of Hawaii) will speak on "World History and Grand Narrative"; Michael P. Adas (Rutgers Univ.) will address "Reconfiguring the History of the Modern Era in Non-Eurocentric Ways"; Ida Bloom (Univ. of Bergen) will review "Gender History as Global History: The Case of Nation Building," and Maghan Keita (Villanova Univ.) will talk about "Africa and the Construction of a Grand Narrative in World History."