AHA Announcements

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

  • AHA Staff Attending OAH Annual Meeting

    Mar 23, 2017 - 

    Jim Grossman and Emily Swafford will participate in multiple sessions at the 2017 annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. Jim Grossman, AHA executive director, will give the keynote address at a luncheon (April 7) focused on dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and the future of the history survey. He will also chair a panel (April 8) on the AHA's Career Diversity initiative, which includes panelists from the University of New Mexico and Columbia University pilot sites. Emily Swafford, AHA academic affairs manager, will chair a separate panel (April 8) on the AHA's Career Diversity initiative with representatives from the other pilot sites, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Chicago. Lynn Weiner, co-chair of the AHA's Committee on Contingent Faculty, will present the AHA's findings and recommendations on a panel about the future of non-tenure-track faculty (April 8).

  • AHA Welcomes the African American Intellectual History Society as Newest Affiliate

    Mar 22, 2017 - 

    The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) has joined the American Historical Association as an affiliated society. Only in its third year of operation, AAIHS runs the influential blog Black Perspectives as the centerpiece of its efforts to foster "dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture." As an AHA affiliated society, AAIHS will be able to sponsor sessions at the annual meeting and will have access to new tools for collaborating and communicating with the broad community of historians.

  • AHA Executive Director Voices Concern for Proposed NEH/NEA Budget Cuts

    Mar 17, 2017 - 

    Talking Points Memo interviewed Executive Director Jim Grossman about the potential impact of Trump's proposed defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. "What we have here is an attack upon global citizenship and national civic culture," Grossman remarked. Nevertheless, Grossman remains optimistic about the organizations' futures, stating that after meetings with Hill staffers during Humanities Advocacy Day, he was "encouraged by their understanding of the value of these programs."

  • Kritika Agarwal to Attend Career Diversity Event at the University at Buffalo

    Mar 17, 2017 - 

    On Saturday, April 22, AHA Associate Editor Kritika Agarwal will attend the University at Buffalo's "Humanities Beyond the Academy" event, a career diversity symposium supported by the AHA. The event will feature presentations by university alumni who have built careers across a diverse range of fields outside the academy. Registration is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided to those who register before Tuesday, April 18.

  • AHA Issues Action Alert Concerning President's Proposed Budget

    Mar 16, 2017 - 

    This morning the Trump Administration proposed a budget that includes an assault on American civic culture. The rhetoric is fiscal prudence; the reality is ideology given the minuscule cost of these programs. The AHA has sent a message to its members, and will follow up with a similar communication to nonmembers in our database.

  • Historians Oppose Second Draft of Executive Travel Ban

    Mar 13, 2017 - 

    Facing extensive criticism and litigation of his first executive order restricting entry into the United States, President Donald Trump has issued a revised executive order (#13780), this time citing historical evidence in support of the policy restricting immigration and refugee resettlement. The American Historical Association has applied the discipline's professional standards to the revised directive and found that it does not pass historical muster. Moreover, like its predecessor EO 13769, the order "stands at odds with the values stated in our nation's founding documents."

    AHA Council approved a statement of protest against the revised executive order on March 13, 2017.

  • Jim Grossman Comments on Speech Equating Slavery to Immigration

    Mar 09, 2017 - 

    AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman appeared on WTOP-DC with Kate Ryan to discuss Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson's recent speech to federal employees during which he referred to enslaved Africans as "other immigrants." Grossman criticized Carson's remarks for implying slavery's equivalence to voluntary immigration.

  • American Historical Association Publishes Statement of Support for National March for Science

    Mar 08, 2017 - 

    The AHA Council voted to officially publish a statement in support of the National March for Science on April 22, 2017. The AHA is firmly aligned with the goals of the March, which calls for the continued funding of evidence-based research and education that promotes the common good.

  • Emily Swafford to Host Webinar on Career Diversity

    Mar 08, 2017 - 

    Emily Swafford headshotOn March 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET, AHA's manager of academic affairs, Emily Swafford, will host a webinar on applying for the Career Diversity Faculty Institutes, a series of workshops for faculty at PhD-granting departments that will explore in depth the lessons learned by Career Diversity for Historians' pilot phase. Join in to learn more about the initiative and get tips on the application process. A recording of the webinar will be available on the AHA website after the broadcast; additional webinars may be scheduled depending on demand.

    Follow this link to view the webinar.

  • Career Diversity Pilot Site Holds "History in Action Day"

    Mar 03, 2017 - 

    Emily Swafford, the AHA's manager of academic affairs, will attend Columbia University History Department's "History in Action Day" conference on March 3. The event concludes the department's participation in the AHA's Career Diversity for Historians initiative as the first phase of the project comes to a close. The conference will reflect on the ways History in Action at Columbia has activated history in the public sphere and explored the role of historical training in diverse careers.