AHA Announcements: 2018 Archive

  • Jim Grossman Speaks at OU Humanities Forum with Rep. Tom Cole

    Mar 30, 2018 - 

    On Friday, March 30, Jim Grossman will join Congressman Tom Cole, representative for Oklahoma's 4th District and History PhD, along with Anne Hyde, professor of history and editor of Western Historical Quarterly, to discuss "Humanities and Native Sovereignty in the Public Sphere" at the University of Oklahoma's OU Humanities Forum. Later that day, Grossman will also participate in a panel for undergraduate and graduate students titled "What You Can Do with a Degree in the Humanities." Details can be found on the forum website.

  • AHA President Signs Letter Regarding Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

    Mar 28, 2018 - 

    AHA President Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.) signed a letter protesting a change that could “threaten to undermine the scientific integrity” of the 2020 Census. Representing the AHA, Prof. Norton joined numerous public policy and social science experts to explain how the decision to include a question about citizenship could “lead to a lower participation rate and substantial undercount of certain geographic regions and demographic populations.” The Consortium of Social Science Associations, of which the AHA is a member, also issued a statement and an action alert for concerned individuals to contact their Congressional representatives.

  • AHA Members Receive SHFG Awards

    Mar 23, 2018 - 

    AHA members Stephen Randolph (US Dept. of State) and Robert Lee (Harvard Soc. of Fellows) were recently honored at the Society for Historians in the Federal Government's 2018 Awards Ceremony. Randolph received the Roger Trask Award for his career at the Department of State, the National Defense University, and the Air Force. Lee received the James Madison Award for his article "Accounting for Conquest: The Price of the Louisiana Purchase of Indian Country."

  • AHA Staff Presenting at Gardner Institute Teaching Conference

    Mar 23, 2018 - 

    Emily Swafford, AHA manager of academic affairs, and Julia Brookins, AHA special projects coordinator, will be speaking at the Gardner Institute's 2018 Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference on March 26 at 8:00 a.m. in Houston, Texas. Their panel, "Imagining New Intro Courses in History,"  will explore what introductory history courses are like today and what they will need to be in the future to engage students and serve the needs of society.

  • Letter from the Coalition for International Education Concerning Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Funding

    Mar 13, 2018 - 

    The American Historical Association has signed on to a letter from the Coalition for Internation Education urging Congress to reject the Administration's proposal to eliminate funding for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs. 

  • James Grossman Elected President of the National Humanities Alliance

    Mar 12, 2018 - 

    At the 2018 business meeting on March 12, the members of the National Humanities Alliance elected James Grossman, AHA executive director, to serve as president for the next two years.

    The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) brings together organizations and institutions invested in the humanities to cultivate support for funding in the federal government; advocate for policies that advance research, programming, preservation, and teaching; and promote engagement with the general public. The American Historical Association has been an active member of the NHA since its inception in 1981. The alliance is the only organization that brings together the US humanities community as a whole. “The NHA has expanded and diversified its mission and programming under the leadership of executive director Stephen Kidd,” Grossman observed. “My role will be to help the governing board support the impressive work that Dr. Kidd and the staff have been doing.”

  • Jim Grossman Speaks at American Society for Public Administration

    Mar 11, 2018 - 

    Jim Grossman, AHA executive director, will speak on “Inclusion in Public Spaces” at a presidential panel at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual conference on March 11, 2018. He will join other scholars to discuss how administrators can respond to historic racism at public sites. The ASPA annual conference is the leading venue for practitioners, scholars, and students of public administration to advance their discipline. Grossman’s contributions to this panel will draw on the AHA’s Statement on Confederate Monuments, issued in August 2017. Read more about the panel online.

  • AHA President Expresses Concerns about Proposed Elimination of the History Major at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Mar 08, 2018 - 

    AHA president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.) sent a letter to administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in response to the announced plan to eliminate many humanities majors, including history. In it, Prof. Norton emphasizes the valuable role that liberal arts generally, and history in particular, play in preparing students for careers. Read the full letter.

  • Seth Denbo Discusses Digital Guidelines at Middlebury College

    Mar 07, 2018 - 

    Seth Denbo, AHA director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives, will return to his undergraduate alma mater to discuss the future of digital scholarship with faculty and students. Read more about the events online.

  • AHA President Sends Letter Protesting Access Restrictions to Phillips Library

    Mar 07, 2018 - 

    AHA president Mary Beth Norton (Cornell Univ.) sent a letter to the director of the Peabody Essex Museum to raise concerns about the plans that could reduce access to the Phillips Library. After moving to a temporary site in 2011, the Phillips Library collection will be housed at a new facility in Rowley, Massachusetts, beginning later this year. Prof. Norton encouraged the director to maintain adequate opening hours and retain knowledgeable staff to avoid disrupting access to the collection. You can read the letter here.

  • AHA Issues Statement Condemning Polish Law that Criminalizes Public Discussion of Polish Complicity in Nazi War Crimes

    Feb 09, 2018 - 

    The AHA issued a statement condemning legislation recently passed by the Polish government criminalizing public discussion of Polish participation in violence against Jews during World War II.  This legislation threatens free pursuit of historical inquiry and is therefore contrary to the international norms of academic freedom. According to the statement, "the AHA's stance is consistent with its longstanding objection to any and all previous efforts by the Polish government or any party to stifle speech and to restrict the content of scholarship concerned with Poland's role in the Holocaust and related war crimes."

  • AHA Signs Letter from NCH Regarding National Park System Advisory Board

    Feb 07, 2018 - 

    In January 2018 nearly all of the National Park System Advisory Board, the citizen panel that advises on National Park Service issues, resigned in frustration after Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke ignored repeated requests to hold meetings. The American Historical Association has endorsed a recent letter from the National Coalition for History to Secretary Zinke objecting to his refusal to engage with the board and calling for its reconstitution and the resumption of regular meetings. Visit the NCH's website for the full story.

  • AHR Essay on Increasing Journal Diversity

    Jan 26, 2018 - 

    In an advance essay from the February issue, American Historical Review editor Alex Lichtenstein outlines plans to encourage greater diversity in the journal's content. A few proposed changes include an expansion of the Board of Editors, the nomination of new associate review editors, and a modification of the selection process for book reviewers. The full article is open to all readers. Learn more about the AHR on its website.

  • AHA Member Passes Away at 107

    Jan 23, 2018 - 

    John Douglas Forbes, founding professor in the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and AHA member since 1943, passed away last Friday at age 107. He was the AHA's oldest member. Before his tenure at Darden, Forbes served as a curator for paintings at the San Francisco World's Fair (1938-40) and taught history at Wabash College, Bennington College, and several other liberal arts schools. To read the full In Memoriam, please visit the University of Virginia's website. 

  • AHA Urges Members to Contact Commerce Secretary Regarding Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

    Jan 10, 2018 - 

    The Department of Justice recently sent a letter to the Census Bureau requesting that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census. Future generations of historians will rely on this census for accurate and comprehensive data. According to our colleagues in the American Sociological Association, if such a question were to be included, "the integrity of the 2020 Census data will be fundamentally compromised. Including a citizenship question is likely to keep some people from responding to the questionnaire and others from responding truthfully, thereby undermining the accuracy of the data." The AHA urges members to contact Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to register their concern by using the National Humanities Alliance advocacy tool.

  • Former AHA Tuning Chair to Keynote K-16 Conference

    The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU and the History Department of Midwestern State University are holding a conference in Wichita Falls, Texas, focusing on pedagogical strategies for K-16 educators. The keynote speakers are Anne F. Hyde, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma and former chair of the AHA's Tuning the History Discipline project, and Ron Tyler, former director of the Texas State Historical Association. The conference will take place on February 16 and 17, 2018. Registration is required and free of charge. For more information, visit the Wichita Falls visitors website