AHA Announcements

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

  • Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History (June 2021)

    Jun 16, 2021 - 

    The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America have authored a joint statement stating their “firm opposition” to legislation, introduced in at least 20 states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions. It is not possible to address divisions that exist, however, without an honest reckoning with their histories. “The clear goal of these efforts is to suppress teaching and learning about the role of racism in the history of the United States,” the letter explains. Education proceeds from exploration, facts, and civil debate. “These legislative efforts,” on the other hand, “seek to substitute political mandates for the considered judgment of professional educators, hindering students’ ability to learn and engage in critical thinking across differences and disagreements. . . . Americans of all ages deserve nothing less than a free and open exchange about history and the forces that shape our world today.” In total, 105 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • Hiring: AHA Research and Publications Assistant (June 2021)

    Jun 02, 2021 - 

    Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for a research and publications assistant. We will begin reviewing applications on June 15, 2021.

  • AHA Releases Statement on LGBTQ+ History Curriculum (May 2021)

    May 26, 2021 - 

    In response to recent legislative efforts and existing anti-LGBTQ+ laws in several states, the AHA has released a statement opposing “efforts to restrict the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history in elementary, middle, and high schools.” “The failure to teach LGBTQ+ history,” the statement argues, “distorts the historical record, harms LGBTQ+ students specifically, and prevents all students from receiving a complete education.” The AHA supports “expanding access to LGBTQ+-inclusive history curricula and greater protections for history teachers who include LGBTQ+ history in their classrooms.”

  • AHA Issues Letter Objecting to Texas Bill (May 2021)

    May 20, 2021 - 

    The AHA has written a letter to Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and the members of the Texas Senate registering strong objection to Texas House Bill 3979, urging them to “reject this misguided, harmful, and unnecessary piece of legislation.” The letter describes how the bill would likely endanger Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment programs in Texas public schools. “The actual purpose” of the bill, the AHA writes, “is about whitewashing American history, keeping to the margins (or excluding altogether) such central issues as slavery; forced removals of Native Americans; inequalities based on race, gender, or other characteristics; and other aspects of our past likely to inspire the vigorous discussion that characterizes a good history class. . . . To deny Texas students the opportunity to discuss these issues openly and freely is to deny them their rightful place as citizens of the United States, and of the world.”

  • AHA Endorses Letter for Increased Funding of International Education and Foreign Language Studies (May 2021)

    May 14, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Tom Cole supporting increased funding for the US Department of Education’s international and foreign language education programs. The letter strongly endorses a bipartisan letter from 116 House members recommending increased funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies, including for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs at their FY 2010 levels as adjusted by inflation. 

  • AHA Signs onto MESA Statement on Florida Bill (May 2021)

    May 11, 2021 - 

    The AHA has signed on to a Middle East Studies Association statement opposing a Florida bill (HB233), approved by both houses and awaiting the governor’s signature, that would allow “students to record in classrooms without the consent of their professors.” The bill would also mandate “the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors to conduct an assessment of the ‘intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity’ at every institution in the Florida College System.” The statement notes that the proposed law “constitutes a legislative intrusion that will have a chilling effect on the free exchange of opinions it claims to enhance” and would limit “students’ abilities to express their views freely in an open environment.” 

  • AHA Endorses Letter for Congressional Title VI Enhancements (April 2021)

    Apr 30, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association signed onto a letter from the Coalition for International Education to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The letter expressed support for the bipartisan re-authorization of the Higher Education Act and the inclusion of enhancements to Title VI in the bill.

  • AHA Signs Joint Letter Registering Alarm about Georgia Voting Restrictions (April 2021)

    Apr 27, 2021 - 

    The AHA and nine other scholarly societies have sent a letter to convention bureaus in Georgia to “register our alarm and disappointment about the passage of SB 202” and its voting restrictions. “The grave concerns we share about this legislation,” the letter reads, “force us to reconsider whether we can in good conscience bring our meetings to your state. . . . As it stands, it will be difficult for us and our members to consider coming to Georgia in the future should the law remain in place.” 

  • AHA Signs onto Amicus Curiae Brief on Records Release (April 2021)

    Apr 19, 2021 - 

    The American Historical Association has signed onto an amicus curiae brief in Lepore v. United States regarding the release of the records of two 1971 Boston, Massachusetts, grand juries that investigated the Pentagon Papers leak. Although grand jury records are usually kept under seal in perpetuity, the AHA supports the court’s original position that these records can be released as a matter of exceptional historical significance, a precedent the government is working to overturn. Relevant to this case is the AHA’s comment on Rule 6(a), available here.

  • 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