Event Type

AHA Online, Webinar/Virtual Event

AHA Topics

Academic Departmental Affairs, AHA Initiatives & Projects, Career Paths, Professional Life

Event Description

The May 2022 issue of the AHA’s newsmagazine, Perspectives on History, focused on the topic of historians in retirement. Seven historians write about the decision to retire, the choices they made in that process, and what they’re doing now. For most, the end of a career did not mean the end of their vocation as historians. These individuals continue to work on historical research, often projects long put off when job responsibilities took first priority.

In this AHA Online roundtable on May 16, 2022, authors from this special issue, including Allison Blakely (Boston Univ., emeritus), Jim Gardner (US National Archives, ret.), Linda K. Kerber (Univ. of Iowa, emeritus), and Joanne Reitano (LaGuardia Community Coll., emeritus), discussed their experiences in retirement in conversation with 2021 AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin, emeritus).