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The latest activity of the AHA and historians in supporting history and historical thinking.

  • AHA Member Named Fellow of the International Council on Archives (February 2023)

    Feb 02, 2023 - 

    AHA member and former Professional Division vice president Trudy Huskamp Peterson was named a fellow of the International Council on Archives (ICA) at its annual meeting in Rome. The International Council on Archives is an international association created in 1948 to promote the development of archives. It holds advisory status to UNESCO in the field of archives and documentary heritage; its membership includes governmental and nongovernmental archives in 199 countries. The ICA Fellows award honors members and others in the international archives community who have given distinguished service to the ICA or to the cause of archives at the international level. 

  • AHA Issues Action Alert Concerning Proposed History Standards for Virginia (February 2023)

    Feb 01, 2023 - 

    The agenda for the February meeting of the Virginia State Board of Education (VBOE), scheduled for 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 2, suggests that state Superintendent Jillian Balow has decided to proceed without consideration of the December collaborative combined history standards developed and endorsed by the AHA in partnership with VASCD and VASSLC. The AHA has sent the following message to its members in Virginia.

  • AHA Sends Letter to US Secretary of State Urging Assistance with Safe Return of Pierre Buteau (January 2023)

    Jan 27, 2023 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken regarding the January 24 abduction of Professor Pierre Buteau, president of the Société Haïtienne d’Histoire, de Géographie et de Géologie. “We recognize that the crisis of domestic insecurity in Haiti goes well beyond the fate of a single individual,” the AHA writes. “Understanding Haiti’s history is an essential element of any viable long-term response to this crisis, and Professor Buteau has devoted his professional life to bringing such understanding to bear on the challenge of re-founding a democratic state in his native land. On behalf of the American historical community, we appeal to you to use your good offices at this difficult time in Haiti’s history to do whatever is possible to help secure the safe release of Professor Buteau.”

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in Washington Post Article on Presidential Records Act (January 2023)

    Jan 26, 2023 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was featured in a Washington Post article by Toluse Olorunnipa about the challenges of the Presidential Records Act. “Materials generated from the work of the president belong to the American people—that’s pretty straightforward. The complicated part is enforcement,” Grossman said. “It’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made. . . . The issue is really what happens when someone realizes a mistake was made.”

  • AHA Supports Collaborative History Standards for Virginia (January 2023)

    Jan 26, 2023 - 

    The American Historical Association has monitored with increasing concern Virginia’s history and social studies standards revisions process. On February 2, the Virginia Board of Education (VBOE) will discuss whether to accept draft standards developed by the AHA and our collaborators for first review, or to move forward with an alternative put forward by the politically appointed state superintendent. We encourage testimony at the hearing and/or to submit written comments in support of the AHA-endorsed draft document.

  • AHA Signs On to American Anthropological Association Letter Opposing Appointees to New College of Florida Governing Board (January 2023)

    Jan 25, 2023 - 

    The AHA has signed onto a letter from the American Anthropological Association opposing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s appointment of six new members to the New College of Florida governing board. “The brazen aspiration of transforming a nationally ranked public honors college into a college along the lines of the private evangelical Christian Hillsdale College is especially alarming and appears to be nothing more than an orchestrated attack on academic integrity.”

  • AHA Sends Letters Opposing Proposed Elimination of History Major at Marymount University (January 2023)

    Jan 25, 2023 - 

    The AHA has sent letters to Marymount University president Irma Becerra, provost Hesham El-Rewini, Faculty Council president Sarah Ficke, and Board of Trustees chair Edward Bersoff opposing the proposed elimination of the history major at the university. “The AHA has seen this approach to prioritization and restructuring before, and the results have been detrimental to students. . . . Overwhelming evidence shows that employers seek the kind of skills a history degree can provide,” the AHA wrote. “This elimination is an especially wrongheaded shift at a time when civic leaders from all corners of the political landscape have lamented the lack of historical knowledge of American citizens. Offering a history major is standard at comprehensive universities, and the elimination of the history major would place Marymount far outside the mainstream of its peer institutions.”

  • AHA Executive Director and AHA Member Publish Inside Higher Ed Article on Threats to the Integrity of History Education (January 2023)

    Jan 25, 2023 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman and AHA member Jeremy C. Young (PEN America) published an article in Inside Higher Ed about how recent legislation seeking to restrict K–12 history education also affects colleges and universities. “If higher education leaders and faculty hope to maintain the independence and educational quality of their institutions and to protect the democracy such institutions serve, they cannot afford to keep silent about legislation that censors their colleagues in K–12,” they write.

  • Former AHA President Publishes Boston Globe Op-Ed on Boston City Council’s New Slavery Reparations Commission (January 2023)

    Jan 25, 2023 - 

    Former AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin) published an op-ed in the Boston Globe about the issues facing the Boston City Council’s new slavery reparations commission, as well as the commission’s “unique opportunity to study the city’s complicated Black history.” “In exploring the issue of reparations,” Jones writes, “the commission must highlight the devastating human toll that flowed from unjust and discriminatory workplaces.”