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The American Historical Association encourages its members to participate in civic culture, as historians. We have created forums at our web site relating to specific issues and events, such as Supreme Court decisions, candidate debates, and major issues relating to higher education. But historians should not wait for an invitation from the AHA to weigh in on conversations in the media, in their communities, and anywhere else that would benefit from the particular insights that historians bring to public affairs. And our members will benefit from seeing what their colleagues have to say. So please send links when you publish something online that relates to any aspect of public affairs.

Historian Writes Op-Ed on Diversity in Schools

October 9, 2015 - This month, President Obama chose John B. King, advocate for the racial integration of schools, as the next secretary of education. Historian Jonathan Zimmerman (New York University) weighed in with an op-ed in The Washington Post on the importance of this issue for American education.

Zimmerman will be participating on a panel on op-eds at the 2016 annual meeting,"Historians in the Public Sphere: Why and How We Should Write Op-Eds and Engage the Media."

Read the Washington Post Op-Ed

AHA Rallies to Protect International Education Programs

August 18, 2015 - The AHA made a call to its expansive membership to oppose cuts to international education programs, specifically Title VI and Fulbright-Hays, being considered by Congress. These programs are crucial for training experts in foreign languages and cultures and ensuring productive global engagement. 

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Members' Op-Ed in New York Times on Electronic Records Management

March 4, 2015 - AHA members Matthew Connolley (Columbia Univ.) and Richard H. Immerman (Temple Univ.) wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, released March 4, on the challenge the National Archives and Records Administration faces in processing electronic government records: "What Hillary Clinton's Emails Really Reveal."

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AHA Member's Article in Chronicle Encourages Students to "Major in What They Love"

May 21, 2015 - In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, AHA member Cecilia Gaposchkin advises undergraduates about the importance of choosing a major according to one's enthusiasms. What is valuable to potential employers, she notes, "is not the content of the major, but rather the ability to think with and through that information." Gaposchkin is assistant dean of faculty for premajor advising at Dartmouth College. She is also a participant in AHA's highly successful Tuning initiative, which provides resources to departments who want to help their students think about the usefulness of the history major. Participants have even been working on articulating how history majors can follow their intellectual interests without sacrificing practical imperatives.

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Letter to the Assembly on the Importance of the UW System

February 10, 2015 - In a letter to the Wisconsin State Assembly on the importance of the UW System, Lt. Col. John W. Hall writes, "As a native Wisconsinite, I have always felt tremendous pride that our humble, decent state has created and sustained one of the world's premier institutions of higher learning and a state system that is the envy of the rest of the nation."

An AHA member since 2010, Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor of U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Read the full letter on the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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