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  • AHA Sends Letter to Iowa House of Representatives Opposing Bill on Social Studies Standards Development Process (February 2024)

    Feb 22, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to the members of the Iowa House of Representatives opposing HF 2544, a bill that “directly encroaches on the authority and expertise of the members of the Iowa State Board of Education, sidestepping statutory minimum requirements for the educational program and bypassing the state’s mandated process for developing social studies standards.” The proposed legislation, the AHA wrote, “is a Frankenstein’s monster constructed out of disembodied portions of five out-of-state model bills” that “leaves no room for input from teachers, administrators, historians, or parents.”

  • AHA Annual Meeting Featured in Verge Article about AI in History (February 2024)

    Feb 21, 2024 - 

    The AHA’s recent annual meeting in San Francisco was featured in an article by Josh Dzieza for The Verge about the intersection of AI and history. “AI seemed to be everywhere at the 137th annual meeting of the American Historical Association last month,” the article states, sharing observations from attendees about discussions of AI in panels, history projects featuring machine learning, the use of AI in their own work, and how these types of programs could affect historical research.

  • AHA Sends Letter to Indiana Legislature Opposing “Intellectual Diversity” Tenure Bill (February 2024)

    Feb 20, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to members of the Indiana House Education Committee opposing Senate Bill 202, which would “create a policy for granting tenure and terminating the appointments of tenured faculty based on how well that faculty member has fostered ‘intellectual diversity’ within the classroom.” The bill, the AHA wrote, “inserts the will and judgment of politically appointed boards of trustees into the fundamental work of university faculty” and “would create conditions of uncertainty for faculty, presenting situations where their jobs are on the line for the infraction of not having enough arbitrarily decided ‘variety’ in their ‘political or ideological frameworks’. . . mak[ing] it easier for public interest groups and politicians—of either party—to weed out faculty with whom they disagree.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Nebraska Legislature Opposing Bill Eliminating Tenure (February 2024)

    Feb 09, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to the Nebraska state legislature opposing LB 1064, a proposed bill that would eliminate tenure in state universities and colleges. “If passed [LB 1064] will severely diminish the ability of the state's public universities to recruit and retain the quality of faculty required for first-rate teaching and research,” the AHA wrote. “Any public university in the state would immediately become an employer of last choice among scholars who desire an environment amenable to high-quality teaching and research.“

  • Executive Director Quoted in Washington Times Article on Introductory US History Courses (February 2024)

    Feb 02, 2024 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was quoted in a Washington Times article by Sean Salai about a study of introductory US history syllabi by Arizona State University’s Center for American Institutions that found “‘identity-focused terms’ such as ‘White supremacy’ dominated their content.” “White supremacy is not an ‘identity-focused’ term,” Grossman said. “It is a term that describes a set of legal and social structures that framed the American South for decades. It was inscribed in the law and social practice.”

  • AHA Member Awarded Two National Jewish Book Awards (February 2024)

    Feb 02, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Robin Judd (Ohio State Univ.), who received two National Jewish Book Awards for Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides After the Holocaust (Univ. of North Carolina Press). Judd was awarded the JDC-Herbert Katzki Award for Best Writing Based on Archival Material and the Barbara Dobkin Award for Best Book in Women’s Studies.

  • AHA Member Authors Book on Early Modern Numeracy (February 2024)

    Feb 02, 2024 - 

    By the Numbers: Numeracy, Religion, and the Quantitative Transformation of Early Modern England by AHA member Jessica Marie Otis (George Mason Univ.) was published this winter by Oxford University Press. This is the first book-length study of numeracy in early modern England and integrates ideas about and the use of numbers in religion, business, politics, material culture, print and literacy, and education of ordinary people.

  • AHA Sends Letter to Manhattan College Opposing Termination of History Faculty Members (January 2024)

    Jan 26, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to the president, acting provost, and chair of the board of trustees at Manhattan College expressing “grave concern about the termination of two members of the history faculty.” “The history department will be cut in half from six to three through these and other faculty eliminations,” the AHA wrote. “As a Lasallian institution with a strong tradition of liberal arts education, Manhattan College has a particularly impressive record of high-quality history education provided by an accomplished faculty committed to undergraduate education. The AHA urges the administration to consider how its actions are undermining this commitment to the liberal arts and the training of teachers, and the importance of the liberal arts to the lifelong learning essential to occupational and professional success.”

  • AHA Members Awarded NEH Grants and Fellowships (January 2024)

    Jan 18, 2024 - 
    Congratulations to the 36 AHA members who were named as recipients of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). “This funding will help preserve and expand access to community histories, strengthen the ability of small museums and archives to serve the public, and provide resources and educational opportunities for students to engage with history, literature, languages, and cultures,” said NEH Chair Shelley C. Lowe.