2021 News

  • AHA Member Wins Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics (January 2021

    Jan 15, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to Bathsheba Demuth (Brown Univ.), whose book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait recently won the inaugural Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics from the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont, in partnership with the US Society of Ecological Economics.

  • AHA Resource Covered in Inside Higher Ed and New York Times (January 2021)

    Jan 12, 2021 - 

    The AHA’s Twitter thread that compiled resources for educators seeking to contextualize the events of January 6 received coverage in both the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed. This list of resources is also available as a web page.

  • Ransacking Democracy (January 2021)

    Jan 08, 2021 - 

    The AHA issued a statement condemning “the actions of those who, on January 6, stormed the United States Capitol, the seat of the nation’s legislature, the heart of its democratic form of governance.” The AHA deplores the “inflammatory rhetoric of all the political leaders who have refused to accept the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 election and thereby incited the mob.”

    58 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Launches “The Assault on the Capitol in Historical Perspective: Resources for Educators” (January 2021)

    Jan 07, 2021 - 

    In response to the events of January 6, 2021, the AHA has compiled a list of resources for educators. We know teaching these events—which are not a “moment,” but the product of a long history—presents a familiar, yet unusually urgent, challenge: how can students use historical knowledge and thinking to understand current crises? This page offers some resources that might help.

  • AHA Expresses Solidarity with Mexican Historians (January 2021)

    Jan 05, 2021 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement expressing solidarity with “professional historians affected by the extreme and arguably punitive fiscal retrenchment affecting Mexico’s system of higher education.” The AHA “reminds decision makers that the habits of mind and knowledge that derive from the study of history have never been more important and deserving of adequate funding than at the present moment.”

  • AHA Member Wins Fairfax County History Commission's Mayo Stuntz Prize (January 2021)

    Jan 05, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Todi Carnes (George Mason Univ.), who won the Fairfax County History Commission’s Mayo Stuntz Prize for her video Huntley Cultural Landscape. The video interprets the cultural landscape of Historic Huntley, a federal-period historic site owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority. 

  • AHA Member Featured in Washington Post (January 2021)

    Jan 05, 2021 - 

    2009 AHA Honorary Foreign Member Romila Thapar was featured in a Washington Post article that highlighted her historical scholarship—“part of the authoritative canon” in India—while discussing some of the political controversies surrounding it. In 2019, the AHA issued a statement discouraging Jawaharlal Nehru University’s review of Romila Thapar’s status as emeritus professor, citing her “extraordinary record of scholarly achievement.”

  • AHA Joins Coalition to Save National Archives Facility in Seattle (January 2021)

    Jan 04, 2021 - 

    The AHA has joined the Washington state attorney general’s office; the state of Oregon; 29 tribes, tribal entities, and Indigenous communities from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska; and 8 community organizations, historic preservation organizations, and museums in filing a lawsuit “to halt the federal government’s unlawful and procedurally deficient sale of the National Archives at Seattle facility.” The government plans to transfer the Seattle facility’s records, most of which have not been digitized, to archive centers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Riverside, California—rendering public access to the records difficult if not impossible for millions of users.

  • AHA Member Named Chair of Humanities Tennessee (January 2021)

    Jan 04, 2021 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Daryl Carter (East Tennessee State Univ.), who was elected to chair the board of directors of Humanities Tennessee after serving on the board since 2014.