News & Advocacy

News and Advocacy

AHA Announcements

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


AHA Speaks Out Against Actions in Turkey

July 25, 2016 -  The AHA, as a member of Scholars at Risk, and also as a scholarly body concerned with and committed to protecting the working environment and rights of historians across the world, endorses in full the statement issued by Scholars at Risk calling for an ongoing dialogue about and the restoration of legal rights to academics in Turkey. The AHA has also joined more than 20 other scholarly societies and the American Council of Learned Societies in a letter expressing similar concerns and objections. These statements follow the AHA's letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the mistreatment of scholars (February 4, 2016). [Updated July 26, 2016]


AHA executive director, Jim Grossman, on Australian radio discussing history and memory

July 18, 2016 - During his trip to Melbourne to deliver the Bailyn Lecture at La Trobe University, Jim Grossman appeared on The Conversation with Jon Faine and Clare Wright on 774 ABC to discuss the legacy of war memorials.


House Appropriations Committee maintains Fulbright-Hays funding

July 14, 2016 - After advocacy efforts from the AHA and other humanities organizations protesting a 69% cut to Fulbright-Hays funding, the US House of Representatives voted to maintain level funding for these international education programs. Read more from the National Coalition for History.


Carla Hayden confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

July 13, 2016 - In April 2016, the AHA joined dozens of organizations to support the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as the newest Librarian of Congress. We are pleased to report that the Senate confirmed the nomination on July 13, 2016, in a vote of 74-18. Read more about the letter of support in our advocacy section.


AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman delivers Bailyn Lecture

July 12, 2016 - The Royal Historical Society of Victoria selected Jim Grossman to deliver the 2016 Bernard Baily Lecture on North American History. The title of his lecture was “Celebrate, Commemorate, Remember: The Work of Confederate Monuments in the United States.” The lecture was held at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Read more of Jim’s perspective on contemporary debates about confederate monuments in our AHA in the News page.


AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman defends the history major in Op-Ed

May 31, 2016 - The Los Angeles Times published an Op-Ed from Jim Grossman on the value of the history major for teaching critical thinking, a vital skill in today’s society. Read it online.


AHA now accepts automatic membership renewals

May 20, 2016 - Want to avoid a lapse in membership benefits and keep your inbox free of renewal notices? The AHA now offers EZPay, an automatic membership renewal program. To enroll, simply click the EZPay checkbox when renewing your membership online. Your credit card payment information will be securely stored by PayPal (not in the AHA’s onsite records), and your credit card will be charged automatically on an annual basis. No need to remember to send in that check!