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  • Recasting Declassification: Agencies and Advisory Boards Seeking Public Input Added July 22, 2014

    On December 29, 2009, President Obama issued an executive order (EO 13526) designed to dramatically change the way the executive branch handles classified material, to reduce overclassification, and to expedite the release of formerly classified materials to the public. The president directed federal agencies to eliminate a 400-­million-­page backlog of materials awaiting declassification by December 31, 2013. Many of these records should have been automatically declassified by Decemb...

  • Affiliated Societies Added July 22, 2014

    The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) will hold its annual meeting in San Francisco from March 12 to 16, 2014. The conference hotel is located near Union Square, in a vibrant section of downtown. This meeting will feature plenary sessions on global environmental history, an evening with poets Gary Snyder and Robert Hass, workshops on digital history and oral history, and field trips to Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods, Preston Vineyards (a sustainable winery), an...

  • AHA Council, Divisions, and Committees for 2014 Added July 22, 2014

    Council Jan Goldstein (Univ. of Chicago), president; Vicki Ruiz (Univ. of California, Irvine), president-elect; Kenneth Pomeranz (Univ. of Chicago), immediate past president; Elaine Carey (St. John’s Univ.), vice president, Teaching Division; Philippa Levine (Univ. of Texas at Austin), vice president, Professional Division; John R. McNeill (Georgetown Univ.), vice president, Research Division; Stephen Aron (UCLA and Autry National Center); Catherine Epstein (Amherst Coll.); Trinidad Gon...

  • Affiliated Societies Added July 22, 2014

    Society for Military History 2014 Awards The Society for Military History announces its 2014 awards and prizes. The Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for contributions in the field of military history is awarded to Rick Atkinson, author of The Liberation Trilogy . The Edwin H. Simmons Memorial Service Award for long, distinguished, or outstanding service to the society is awarded to Frank J. Wetta (Kean Univ.). The 2014 Distinguished Book Award winners for 2014 are: for United States military his...

  • What's in the December AHR? Added July 22, 2014

    The December 2012 issue of the American Historical Review will soon appear both in members' mailboxes and online. It includes an article on religiosity in 18th-century Mexico, an AHR Forum, "Histories of the Future," and an AHR Conversation focused on the theme "The Historical Study of Emotions." There are four featured reviews, followed by our usual extensive book review section. In "The Supple Whip: Innovation and Tradition in Mexican Catholicism," Matthew D. O'Hara examines a religio...

  • Trending on AHA's Social Media Added July 22, 2014

    The AHA's social media spaces ( Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn ) feature the latest news in the history profession. In an effort to demonstrate why historical context is necessary to political discourse, Perspectives Online sponsored four roundtables on the presidential and vice presidential debates. In part, these forums were designed to spark a conversation amongst our readers, and below is a sampling of reactions captured on our social media spaces: Reaction to the Respondents' Ess...

  • Trending on AHA's Social Media Added July 22, 2014

    The AHA's social media spaces ( Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn ) feature the latest news in the history profession. The debate on open access, initially sparked by the recent AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing , attracted much feedback and comment across our social media platforms. The AHA continues to welcome discussion on the hot topic. A sampling of reactions captured on our social media spaces is printed below; we hope the conversations will continue and grow: Comments on ...

  • In Case You Missed It, May 2012 Added July 22, 2014

    The AHA's social media spaces ( Facebook , Twitter , and LinkedIn ) feature the latest news in the history profession. Join thousands of followers to stay up-to-date, and share your thoughts, on wide variety of history topics. But, just in case you've missed it, here are some of the AHA's latest blog posts, Facebook updates, tweets, and LinkedIn discussions: " The Difficulty of Citing Tweets " How do you cite a tweet? What challenges will you face? This article examines these question...

  • In Case You Missed It, January 2012 Added July 22, 2014

    AHA Today From the Archives Wiki: Secret Coffee Spots of Rome Will Hanley, assistant professor at Florida State University, describes the helpful info he's added to the AHA's Archives Wiki, like secret coffee spots in Rome. Forever Marilyn Elizabeth Fraterrigo (Loyola Univ. Chicago) introduces readers to "Forever Marilyn," a 26-foot, 17-ton steel addition to Chicago's public art scene. J. Edgar : Finding Emotion and Humanity in History Nike Nivar takes a look at ...

  • Atlantic Worlds and the US History Survey Added July 22, 2014

    The polar vortex that crippled much of the US in early January was no match for 24 intrepid historians participating in the AHA’s Bridging Cultures seminar, “US and Atlantic History, 1450–1850,” held January 5–10 in Washington, DC. Braving wind chills that went below zero and bundled in parkas and scarves, these professors from community colleges across the country (including the tropical climes of Hawaii) made the daily trek to the Library of Congress for five day...