AHA Announcements

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

  • AHA Submits Comment on Proposed Rule Change for International Scholar Visas (October 2020)

    Oct 27, 2020 - 

    The AHA has submitted a comment on a proposed revision to Department of Education rules governing student and visiting scholar visas. The proposal would limit the length of such visas for both undergraduate and graduate students to a maximum of four years. The revision, writes the AHA, “will likely result in a larger proportion of international students who never graduate” from undergraduate programs and “would undermine the globally dominant position that American PhD programs have earned in the past century—indeed enfeebling American PhD programs in history and rendering their graduates uncompetitive for employment against PhD graduates trained in other countries.”

  • AHA Issues Letter Expressing Grave Concern for Russian Historian (October 2020)

    Oct 20, 2020 - 

    The AHA recently sent a letter to the chairman of the Supreme Court of Karelia expressing “grave concern” for Yuri Dmitriev, a Russian historian sentenced for 13 years by the Karelian Supreme Court for what the Delegation of the European Union to Russia has referred to as “unsubstantiated” charges “triggered by his human rights work and his research on political repression in the Soviet period.” The AHA wrote to “respectfully urge the Supreme Court of Karelia to order the release of Mr. Dmitriev.”

  • AHA Urges Retraction of Executive Order Prohibiting the Inclusion of “Divisive Concepts” in Employee Training Sessions (October 2020)

    Oct 13, 2020 - 

    In response to the president’s recent executive order prohibiting the inclusion of “divisive concepts” in employee training sessions, the AHA has issued a statement urging the retraction of the order because it is “neither necessary nor useful.” “Rather than banning ‘divisive concepts’ from any educational venue,” the statement explains, “historians seek to draw public attention to these concepts so that they can be discussed, debated, and ultimately challenged.”

    As of October 20, 29 organizations signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Signs on to Amicus Brief in Ahmad v. Michigan (October 2020)

    Oct 01, 2020 - 

    Along with the Association of Research Libraries and other partners, the AHA has signed on to an amicus curiae brief in the Michigan Supreme Court case Ahmad v. University of Michigan concerning “the use of a public records request to circumvent a deed of gift” of private papers to the University of Michigan Library. The brief asserts that an early release of the papers, which would violate the deed of gift, would set a dangerous precedent resulting in individuals destroying their personal papers rather than making them available to historians and other researchers.

  • AHA Signs onto Comments Opposing DHS/CBP Proposals Permitting Records Destruction (September 2020)

    Sep 30, 2020 - 

    The AHA has recently signed onto two comments posted to the National Archives and Records Administration website in response to a proposed records schedule that would classify a set of Customs and Border Patrol records as "temporary," which would allow their destruction in as quickly as four years.

    As proposed, the Department of Homeland Security would be permitted to destroy "records developed to track and monitor complaints that are or will be investigated by DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding alleged violations of civil rights and civil liberties." The proposal also includes only 25 year retention for additional records that include documents related to sexual assaults in prison. These records are comparable to the schedules identified in a lawsuit filed in March by the AHA along with the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. As is often the case with records schedule retention policies the issues are complex, even arcane. Historians have the professional authority to argue for longer retention because of the value of such records for historical research.

  • AHA Members Present at National Book Festival (September 2020)

    Sep 25, 2020 - 

    The National Book Festival’s  History and Biography Stage features nine historians, including several AHA members, for their author Q&As. The festival is being held virtually this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 9 a.m. ET with an additional day of children’s and teen programs on Friday, September 25 at 9 a.m. ET. According to the festival website, the 20th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival “celebrates American Ingenuity online,” and interested attendees can register or view the presentations on YouTube.

  • AHA Issues Statement on the Recent "White House Conference on American History” (September 2020)

    Sep 24, 2020 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement on last week’s “White House Conference on American History” deploring the tendentious use of history and history education to stoke politically motivated culture wars.  

    As of October 14, 46 organizations signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Sends Letter in Support of Women's History Museum (September 2020)

    Sep 18, 2020 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressing support of S.959, the Smithsonian Women’s Museum Act, which would authorize the creation of a National Women’s History Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. “The AHA is proud to support this bill,” the letter states, “and in the process affirm the central role women have played in the shaping of American history.”

  • AHA Members Now Receive Discount with Historic Hotels of America (September 2020)

    Sep 14, 2020 - 

    The AHA announces a new partnership with Historic Hotels of America to give members 10-30% off the best available rate at participating hotels through the Friends of Historic Hotels discount. An official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America includes more than 300 historic hotels in the US and worldwide. Log into MyAHA to access the discount code for your next hotel reservation.

  • AHA Letter Registering Concern over Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice (September 2020)

    Sep 09, 2020 - 

    The AHA recently sent a letter to the Québec Ministry of Culture in regards to the Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice archive and library in Montréal. The AHA expressed “grave concern for the future preservation, maintenance, and accessibility” of the historically significant archives and collections at Saint-Sulpice, following the recent firing of the professional staff charged with overseeing these collections.