AHA Announcements

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

  • AHA Executive Director Interviewed about the Value of the Humanities

    May 12, 2017 - 

    Jim Grossman was recently featured in an interview with the German organization LISA (the Science Portal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation) concerning the state of the humanities in the current political climate. He discussed topics including the president's proposed defunding of the NEH, the increasing demand for those in the humanities to "justify themselves," and "history's presence in public culture." "History should teach humility," Grossman stated. "It should help us to appreciate the difficulties of decision making, and the importance of context."

  • Drexel University to Host Talk by AHA Executive Director

    May 12, 2017 - 

    On Friday, May 19, 2017, Jim Grossman will present at the event "Everything Has a History ... and Historians Should Have Something to Say," hosted by Drexel University. Attendance is open to the public. The event will be held at 3101 Market Street, Room 224, Philadelphia, PA, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 

  • AHA Creates Zotero Group to Collect Articles in Defense of NEH and IMLS

    May 11, 2017 - 

    The American Historical Association has created a public Zotero group to collect articles defending funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Community members are encouraged to use the group as a resource and to add relevant articles they find to the library.

  • National Archives Announces New Model for Presidential Records

    May 05, 2017 - 

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) unveiled a new model for the preservation and accessibility of presidential records. According to the new format, "NARA will administer neither a museum nor a traditional 'Presidential Library.'" Instead, its focus will be on transferring the records of the President Barack Obama into digital formats to the greatest extent possible. The digitization effort will allow researchers to access the documents faster than before, regardless of location. 

  • AHA Executive Director Comments on Civil War Revisionism

    May 04, 2017 - 

    Historians David Blight (Yale Univ.), Judith Giesberg (Villanova Univ.), and AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman gave the BBC a line-by-line assessment of President Trump's recent statements concerning the cause of the Civil War. "They seceded because they thought the election of Lincoln threatened the institution of slavery," Grossman stated, responding to the president's remark that people don't ask the question, "Why was there a Civil War?" Grossman further explained why Trump's remarks have faced such strong criticism in an interview on BBC Radio (listen at 2:38:00) and in a subsequent article in the Washington Post.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Developments in Career Diversity's Next Phase

    Mar 28, 2017 - 

    The AHA is kicking off the next phase of Career Diversity for Historians by welcoming a new staff member. Dylan Ruediger joins us on April 10 in the newly created position of coordinator, Career Diversity for Historians. Dylan comes from Georgia State University, where he graduates in May with a PhD in early American and Native American history. He will take over the day-to-day coordination of the activities of the Career Diversity's next phase. Emily Swafford, manager of academic affairs, remains project director, and Elizabeth Elliott, program assistant, will take on additional responsibilities to support the new work of Career Diversity.

    The expanded Career Diversity team will first oversee a series of Faculty Institutes for representatives from up to 40 departments. The institutes will be held June 8-9 in Washington, DC; October 19-20 in Chicago; and in January 2018 during the AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC. Applications for the faculty institutes are being accepted until April 17 via Interfolio. Next year, these preliminary institutes will segue into an institutional grants program, in which up to 20 departments will participate.