AHA Announcements

Keep up with the latest AHA activity supporting history and historical thinking in all fields and professions.

  • San Francisco School Board Halts School Renaming Plan (April 2021)

    Apr 08, 2021 - 

    In April 2021, San Francisco’s school board halted plans to change the names of 44 public schools. In February 2021, AHA had expressed alarm regarding the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee’s process in proposing the school name changes in a statement on Schools, History, and the Challenges of Commemoration

  • Success of Lawsuit to Prevent Sale of National Archives Building in Seattle (April 2021)

    Apr 08, 2021 - 

    The efforts of the AHA and co-plaintiffs in State of Washington et. al. v. Russell Vought et al. have been successful. On April 8, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget withdrew its approval of the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, stating that “the process that led to the decision to approve the sale of the Federal Archives and Records Center” was contrary to the Biden administration’s tribal-consultation policy. Any future attempt to sell the building must “be preceded by meaningful and robust tribal consultation” and “must proceed through the appropriate administrative process, based on a new factual record, and must comply with the attendant substantive and procedural safeguards of that process.”

  • AHA Issues Letter Regarding Proposed Termination of Tenured Faculty Members at Salem State University (April 2021)

    Apr 07, 2021 - 

    The AHA has written a letter to the president and provost of Salem State University strongly discouraging them from proceeding with the reportedly proposed termination of four tenured members in the history department. “This drastic reduction in faculty would severely diminish the department’s ability to maintain the impressive pedagogical and research standards that the department sets for itself and apparently maintains, along with its striking level of engagement with local communities,” the AHA wrote. The letter noted the Salem State history department’s participation in AHA Tuning, the data at Salem State showing history ranked #1 of 30 majors in the “fill rate” of its courses, and the fact that “Salem is a site of considerable historical importance,” making the role of historical work at Salem State “in many ways a special case.”

  • Moroccan Historian Released from Prison (March 2021)

    Mar 25, 2021 - 

    Maâti Monjib, historian at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, has been granted provisional release from prison. In a letter protesting Monjib’s imprisonment, the AHA noted he had been sentenced to one year in prison for charges that appeared to be “baseless, levied more in the interest of a political agenda than honest law enforcement.” 

  • AHA Issues Statement on the History of Violence against Asians and Asian Americans (March 2021)

    Mar 22, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement deploring the recent incidents of violence and harassment aimed at Asians and Asian Americans. “This hostility against particular groups because of their ethnic origins—expressed via cultural stereotypes, scapegoating, physical aggression, and bloodshed—has deep roots in our nation’s past,” the AHA writes. “The murder in Atlanta of eight people on March 16, including six women of Asian descent, suggests that we have not transcended this history.” From 2019 to 2020, the number of hate crimes committed in the United States against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders increased by 150 percent. “The racialized misogyny explicit in the Atlanta killings is the product of generations-long stereotyping and cultural denigration against Asian American women in particular.”

    44 organizations have signed onto the statement to date.

  • AHA Expresses Support for the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission (March 2021)

    Mar 18, 2021 - 

    In a letter to the City Council of New Orleans, the AHA expressed enthusiastic support for the work of the New Orleans City Council Street Renaming Commission and its final report, “a remarkable document of collaborative historical research.” The letter praised the process undertaken by the Renaming Commission and its consultation with historians, including many AHA members. The letter urged “all localities undertaking this kind of process to recognize that it is indeed possible to listen to a broad spectrum of voices, and not just the loudest, angriest, or most powerful.”

  • AHA Protests Imprisonment of Moroccan Historian (March 2021)

    Mar 18, 2021 - 

    The AHA recently sent a letter to King Mohamed VI and Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani of Morocco protesting the imprisonment of Maâti Monjib, historian at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat. Monjib was sentenced to a year in prison for charges that appear to be “baseless, levied more in the interest of a political agenda than honest law enforcement,” and is on a hunger strike. The letter urges “the release of Dr. Monjib and the respect of his civil and legal rights,” and asks for “immediate attention to this matter to ensure Dr. Monjib’s health and well-being.” 

  • Success of Lawsuit Challenging ICE Records Disposition (March 2021)

    Mar 15, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association joins co-plaintiffs Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in sharing the success of our lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lawsuit challenged NARA’s approval of ICE’s records disposition, which would have authorized ICE to destroy several categories of records documenting mistreatment of immigrants detained in ICE custody. On March 12, 2021, Judge Amit Mehta granted summary judgment on the challenged aspects of ICE’s records destruction plan. The court also made clear that during its records evaluation process, NARA must pay close attention to the records' long-term research value and must meaningfully consider public comments raising concerns. 

  • AHA Expresses Concern over John Carroll University Policy Permitting Elimination of Tenure (March 2021)

    Mar 10, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a letter to leaders of John Carroll University expressing “grave concern about the recent approval by [the] Board of Directors of a ‘budgetary hardship’ amendment to the university’s Faculty Handbook,” noting that “both faculty governance and the integrity of tenure seem to be hanging by a thread.” The AHA urged the board “to reconsider the threat to tenure protections” that the amendment represents.

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in Inside Higher Ed Article (March 2021)

    Mar 08, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on “Recruitment Strategies for the Humanities” by Colleen Flaherty. “There’s no reason for professors not to help undergraduate students realize that a history major prepares a student for multiple career paths,” Grossman said. “The AHA and its members pay considerable attention to not only the value of a history major, and of history courses to students in other majors, but also how we can best communicate that value to students.” The article also linked to the AHA’s Department Advocacy Toolkit, which offers data, stories, and strategies to articulate the value of studying and majoring in history.