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News

The latest activity of the AHA and historians in supporting history and historical thinking.

  • AHA Committee Chair Discusses History of the War in Afghanistan with NPR

    Apr 20, 2017 - 

    Aaron O'Connell, co-chair of the 2018 AHA Local Arrangements Committee, recently spoke on NPR about comparisons between how the US has handled the Afghan conflict and the US strategy during the Vietnam War. O'Connell, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, remarked, "the people who wrote our tactics for Iraq and Afghanistan were scholars of the Vietnam War. They were men who had written PhD dissertations on the war in Vietnam. And yet, we repeated the errors over and over again."

  • AHA Member Encourages Historical Context in Discussions of Immigration

    Apr 19, 2017 - 

    AHA member Una Cadegan, professor of history at the University of Dayton, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post that examines the "myth of immigrant self-reliance," the notion that early 20th-century Irish and Italian immigrants "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps without 'any special favors'" and that other racial groups "should do the same." Cadegan concludes that "rather than reinventing a mythical past about self-reliance, it's time to pay it forward."

  • AHA Members among List of American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellows

    Apr 12, 2017 - 

    The American Academy of Arts & Sciences announced the 237th class of new members, including several AHA members. Lonnie Bunch of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Takeshi Hamashita of Sun Yat-sen University, John McNeill of Georgetown University, and Dana Robert of Boston University will be inducted at the academy's ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with over 200 other leaders from the humanities, sciences, arts, business, and philanthropy.

  • Society for History in the Federal Government Award Winners

    Apr 11, 2017 - 

    The Society for History in the Federal Government has recently announced the winners of its annual prize competition. Among the awardees are three AHA members: Daniel Feller, Emily Merchant, and J. Samuel Walker. The awards will be presented at the society's annual meeting on April 13 at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

  • AHA Member Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History

    Apr 10, 2017 - 

    Heather Ann Thompson, professor of history at the University of Michigan and AHA member, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History for Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. The committee found that Thompson's book "sets high standards for scholarly judgment and tenacity of inquiry in seeking the truth about the 1971 Attica prison riots." Watch Prof. Thompson discuss her work on the history of incarceration at a National History Center Congressional Briefing. 

  • AHA Council Signs onto Coalition for International Education Letter

    Apr 07, 2017 - 

    The AHA Council has signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to reject the Administration's proposal to reduce or eliminate funding for the US Department of Education's International Education and Foreign Langauge Studies Program.

  • National Council on Public History Releases Employers' Report

    Apr 06, 2017 - 

    The National Council of Public History, in conjunction with the American Historical Association and several other historical societies, has just released the results of their Public History Employer Report and Survey, which was developed to address the concerns about job prospects for public historians. The results can be found on the AHA's website.

  • AHA Sends Letter in Support of Central European University

    Apr 05, 2017 - 

    The American Historical Association has sent a letter to President János Áder of Hungary opposing legislation passed by the Hungarian Parliament that targets Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. The restrictions on institutional autonomy in the legislation would undermine CEU's mission of furthering scholarly collaboration between Europe and the United States. The AHA's letter urges President Áder to preserve international cooperation and the integrity of a national and international educational resource by refraining from signing the legislation.

  • AHA Executive Director Writes Letter to Arkansas Governor Concerning Howard Zinn Controversy

    Apr 04, 2017 - 

    HB 34, introduced into the Arkansas House of representatives in March, would exclude from public school "curriculum or course materials... any book or other material authored by Howard Zinn... or concerning" such materials.  AHA executive director James Grossman has written a letter to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, with slightly revised versions sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

  • AHA Career Diversity Pilot Site Holds "Relevance of History" Conference

    Apr 04, 2017 - 

    Jim Grossman, Emily Swafford, and Seth Denbo will attend the University of Chicago regional Career Diversity conference, "The Relevance of History: The Place of the Discipline in Contemporary Society," on April 13-14. The University of Chicago is one of the AHA's Career Diversity pilot sites and the conference explores the role of historians and historical thinking through the career paths of faculty, alumni, and other historians in a wide range of careers.