AHA Announcements: 2018 Archive

  • House Considering Amendment to Reduce Funding for NEH

    Jul 17, 2018 - 

    On July 17, the US House of Representatives is considering an amendment to the FY 2019 Interior Appropriations bill that would cut the proposed budget of the NEH by 15%, or nearly $23 million. Contact your member of Congress here to oppose the amendment and encourage others to contact their members of Congress as well. 

  • AHA Executive Director Backs Effort to Award Medal of Honor to WWI Women Veterans

    Jul 02, 2018 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman has sent a letter to US senators Dean Heller and Jon Tester regarding a recent effort to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to 226 American women who served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War I. This effort has been initiated by the World War I Centennial Commission. 

  • Former AHA Council Member Passes Away

    Jun 27, 2018 - 

    Willie Lee Rose, former AHA Council member and professor emerita at Johns Hopkins University, passed away on June 20 at the age of 91. Among her many accomplishments, Rose served as the head of the AHA committee that wrote the influential 1970 Rose Report, a gender discrimination report that outlined the challenges women faced as history faculty. Read her obituary on the Johns Hopkins website.

  • AHA Sends Letter to the College Board Concerning Changes to AP Curriculum

    Jun 12, 2018 - 

    The AHA sent a letter to the College Board urging reconsideration of recent changes to the Advanced Placement World History exam that limit it to "content only from c. 1450 to the present." The AHA expressed concern that this change is likely to reduce the teaching of precolonial and non-Western history at the high school level. Read the full letter here

  • AHA Mourns Passing of Ira Berlin

    Jun 06, 2018 - 

    The AHA mourns the passing of historian Ira Berlin. Ira received the Association's Award for Scholarly Distinction in 2015, served on the Research Division from 1987-1990, and testified to Congress under difficult circumstances on our behalf in support of federal funding for the National Historical Records and Publications Commission. His extraordinary generosity and kindness to AHA staff members over a period that spans more than three decades offers a model of mentorship, professional responsibility, collegiality.  

  • AHA Joins American Academy of Arts & Sciences in Support of Language Education

    May 29, 2018 - 

    The American Historical Association joined the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and dozens of other organizations and individuals in a statement advocating for a greater national effort to strengthen non-English language education so that Americans can more effectively participate in a global society. View the full statement here.

  • Craig Perrier Appointed to AHA Teaching Division

    May 17, 2018 - 

    The AHA Council has appointed Craig Perrier (Fairfax Co., Virginia, Public Schools) to fill a vacancy on the Council's Teaching Division.  Perrier has been a participant in several AHA activities and served on the AHA's Program Committee for the 2018 Washington, DC, Annual Meeting.  

  • AHA Signs on to Letter Requesting Additional Funding for National Park Service

    May 17, 2018 - 

    The AHA Council signed onto a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies urging increased funding for the National Park Service Office of International Affairs to support its World Heritage Program.  Read the full letter here.

  • 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 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