Highlights of the 119th Annual Meeting
Sharon K. Tune, November 2004
The 119th annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 6–9, 2005, in Seattle at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the Sheraton Seattle, and the Westin Seattle. More than 1,000 scholars, including 98 from other countries, will participate in 257 AHA and affiliate sessions. Forty-two specialized affiliated societies and other groups will cosponsor sessions or hold separate luncheons, sessions, and meetings. AHA and affiliate events are summarized in the front portion of the Program (which was mailed out in October), beginning on page 25 with details of sessions listed in the main body of the program. AHA-sponsored sessions begin on page 72 of the Program with affiliated society sessions following in alphabetical order in each time period.
Noted below are sessions and events sponsored by Association divisions and committees. The numbers in parentheses are session numbers.
The AHA's Teaching Division is sponsoring four sessions, "Forum on the Master's Degree in History" (3), "Making Graduate Education Work: Rethinking the Doctorate through the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID)" (32, with the AHA Committee for Graduate Students), "Primary Sources and Historical Inquiry in K–12 Settings" (61), and "Impact of Teaching American History Projects in the Classroom" (88).
The division will cosponsor the Advanced Placement history luncheon on Saturday, January 8 with the College Board and the World History Association. Nancy Cott (Schlesinger Library, Harvard Univ.) will speak on the topic, "What Does ‘Gender History' Mean?" Uma Venkateswaran of the Educational Testing Service will preside.
For the 15th year, the Professional Division will continue its sponsorship of a workshop on "Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century" (1) in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the AHA Committee for Graduate Students. Participants in this workshop (scheduled to be held 9:30–11:30 a.m., on Friday, January 7) 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. William J. Cronon (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), vice president of the Professional Division, will preside. In the Friday afternoon time slot, the division will sponsor a roundtable, "The Job Hunt 2005" (30), with the AHA Committee for Graduate Students and the AHA Task Force on Public History. Stefan Tanaka (Univ. of California at San Diego) will chair the roundtable and Julia Kirk Blackwelder (Texas A&M Univ.), Terry Lynn Taylor (Shoreline Community Coll.), Daniel Widener (Univ. of California at San Diego), and Marilyn A. Zoidis (National Museum of American History) will be panelists.
The Professional Division will also sponsor a panel in the 9:30–11:30 a.m. time period on Saturday, January 8, on the topic, "Collaborations in Public History: Pacific Northwest Historians Working Together to Present the Past" (59) with the AHA Task Force on Public History. Gail Lee Dubrow (Univ. of Washington Seattle) will chair and Ron Chew (Wing Luke Museum), Walt Crowley (HistoryLink), David Louter (Pacific West Regional Office, National Park Service), and Jacqueline Peterson (Washington State Univ. at Vancouver) will be panelists.
The Research Division will sponsor "Historical Climate Reconstruction and Historians" (31), chaired by Karen Ordahl Kupperman (New York Univ.). Panel members are Dennis Blanton (Coll. of William and Mary), Gregory T. Cushman (Univ. of Kansas), and Michael Glantz (National Center of Atmospheric Research). The division will also sponsor "Secrecy and Access in the Archives: Washington, Moscow, and the Vatican" (60). Larry Wolff (Boston Coll.) will chair the session and Thomas Blanton (National Security Archive), Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J. (Univ. of Virginia), James Hershberg (George Washington Univ.), David Kertzer (Brown Univ.), Anna K. Nelson (American Univ.), and Amir Weiner (Stanford Univ.) will comprise the panel. On Saturday afternoon, January 8, the division will sponsor "The Cold War: Opening European and Asian Archives" (96). Roy Rosenzweig (George Mason Univ.) will chair. Kathryn Weathersby (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) will discuss opening archives in Asia, Mircea Munteanu and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) will talk about opening archives in Europe, and Trudy Huskamp Peterson (archival consultant), will address the impact of the Cold War on records of international organizations.
The Committee on Minority Historians will cosponsor two sessions on "Engaged Histories" with the National History Center. "'Natives' and the Atlantic World: The Native Americas and Africa" (67) is scheduled in the Saturday morning time slot. Joseph C. Miller (Univ. of Virginia) will chair the session. Juliana Barr (Univ. of Florida), Daniel K. Richter (Univ. of Pennsylvania), and Irene Silverblatt (Duke Univ.) will deliver papers. Sandra E. Greene (Cornell Univ.) will provide comment. "Africa and the ‘Native' Americas" (104) is offered in the Saturday afternoon time slot. It will be chaired by Karen Ordahl Kupperman (New York Univ.). Barbara Krauthamer (New York Univ.), James La Fleur (Univ. of Virginia), and James Rice (SUNY at Plattsburgh) will deliver papers. James Brooks (School of American Research) will comment.
The CMH invites minority graduate students and first-year faculty to a complimentary continental breakfast on Friday, January 7, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. to discuss life in the profession. If interested in attending, e-mail Cliff Jacobs by December 1 to register. Individuals who wish to participate in the discussion only are invited to arrive at 8:15 a.m. The CMH also invites minority scholars, graduate students, and others attending the annual meeting to a reception on Saturday, January 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Sheraton's East Ballroom A.
The Committee on Women Historians is sponsoring "Creating an Equitable Work Place" (4). Jan Ellen Lewis (Rutgers Univ. at Newark and chair of the CWH) will preside and William H. Chafe (Duke Univ.), Linda K. Kerber (Univ. of Iowa), Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia Univ.), and Michael McGerr (Indiana Univ.) will be panelists. The CWH also invites attendance to its annual breakfast on Saturday morning, January 8. Elizabeth Lunbeck (Princeton Univ.) will speak and Jan Ellen Lewis will preside. Preregistration is required (the registration form was in the September 2004 Perspectives and was also mailed with the Program).
The Committee for Graduate Students is sponsoring five sessions. In the Saturday, January 8 morning time slot the CGS will sponsor the session "The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century: What Does it Mean for Graduate Students?" (62). Aaron W. Marrs (Univ. of South Carolina) will preside. Panel members are Karen Jackson-Weaver (Columbia Univ.), Linus B. Kafka (UCLA), Thomas Rogers (Duke Univ.), and Myrna Ivonne Wallace Fuentes (Duke Univ. and CGS chair). In the Saturday afternoon time period, the CGS will sponsor "Fellowship Funding for Graduate Students" (89), chaired by Myrna Ivonne Wallace Fuentes. Suzy Beemer (American Council of Learned Societies), Timothy Burke (Swarthmore Coll.), and Brian Newsome (Alfred Univ.) will serve as panelists. The CGS will sponsor an Open Forum—on Friday, January 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Convention Center's Room 204—to discuss issues of interest to graduate students. Immediately following the forum, all graduate students are invited to attend a reception in their honor beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Sheraton's East Ballroom B. See the Program for additional events of special interest to graduate students.
The CGS is also a cosponsor of "Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century" (1) with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History, "The Job Hunt 2005" (30) with the AHA Professional Division and the Task Force on Public History, and "Making Graduate Education Work: Rethinking the Doctorate through the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate" (32) with the AHA Teaching Division.
The Task Force on Public History will sponsor five sessions, "Doing Research on the History of the Federal Government" (5) with the Society for History in the Federal Government, "The Job Hunt 2005" (30) with the Professional Division and the Committee for Graduate Students, "Collaborations in Public History: Pacific Northwest Historians Working Together to Present the Past" (59) with the AHA Professional Division, "Museums in the Twenty-First Century" (90), and "Historic Site as Prosthetic Memory" (116).
The TFPH will also sponsor an open forum and reception. On Saturday, January 8, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Convention Center's Room 204, the TFPH will sponsor an open forum to discuss the future of public history within the AHA. The TFPH invites all colleagues, including public and academic historians, to attend and share their interests and comments. The TFPH will cosponsor a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening in the Sheraton's East Ballroom B with the American Association for State and Local History, the National Museum of American History, the National Council on Public History, and the Society for History in the Federal Government.
The AHA-Canadian Historical Association Joint Committee will sponsor "It's All in Your Head: Comparative Studies of Health Issues in North America" (115). Scott W. See (Univ. of Maine) will chair and Cheryl Krasnick Warsh (Malaspina University Coll.), Marli F. Weiner (Univ. of Maine), and Wendy Mitchinson (Univ. of Waterloo) will deliver papers. Judith W. Leavitt (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) will comment.
— Sharon K. Tune is the AHA convention director.