News & Advocacy

News

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

  • Karin Wulf to Represent AHA at 2019 William & Mary Presidential Inauguration

    Nov 14, 2018 - 

    Karin Wulf, AHA member and executive director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, will represent the Association at the official inauguration of Katherine Rowe as the 28th president of the College of William & Mary on February 8, 2019.

  • AHA Member Urges Action to Help First-Generation Students

    Oct 31, 2018 - 

    On October 21, Marcia Chatelain, AHA member and associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the difficulties faced by first-generation students. The AHA hopes to help evaluate and revise introductory courses for first-generation students through History Gateways.

  • Department of Interior Records Disposition Update

    Oct 30, 2018 - 

    Many AHA members have expressed concern regarding the Department of Interior's recent records disposition request to the National Archives and Records Administration. The AHA’s colleagues at the National Coalition for History have issued a statement explaining the controversy and noted that NARA has extended the comment period to November 26.  The AHA will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether there are records of historical significance included in this and what, if any, actions the AHA should take.   

  • AHA Announces 2018 Prize Winners

    Oct 12, 2018 - 

    The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 prizes, to be awarded at the 133rd annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on January 3-6, 2019. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 3, in the Palmer House Hilton's State Ballroom at 7:00 pm, immediately following the meeting's opening reception.

  • Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies Recognizes Paul F. Grendler

    Oct 09, 2018 - 

    On October 2, 2018, the Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies of Boston College awarded to Professor Paul F. Grendler, Professor of History emeritus, University of Toronto, the George E. Ganss, S. J., Award for "excellence in scholarly contributions to the field of Jesuit Studies." He also delivered the Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies.

  • Allan J. Lichtman Published in USA Today

    Oct 02, 2018 - 

    On September 26, Allan J. Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, published an op-ed in USA Today, based on his new book, The Embattled Vote in America. "The Founders unwisely gave states control of the vote," he wrote. The problem today "is not fraudulent voting but the suppression of voting" through "stringent voter photo ID laws, draconian purges of registration rolls, the disenfranchisement of former felons and restrictions on the opportunity to register."

  • History Gateways

    Sep 18, 2018 - 

    The American Historical Association (AHA) has received a $1.65 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to lead "History Gateways," an evaluation and substantial revision of introductory college-level history courses to better serve students from all backgrounds and align more effectively with the future needs of a complex society, in partnership with the John N. Gardner Institute and eleven  2- and 4- year universities.

  • AHA Calls for Immediate Release of Xiyue Wang Imprisoned in Iran

    Sep 14, 2018 - 

    The AHA sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressing deep concern about the imprisonment of Xiyue Wang, a PhD student in the Princeton University department of history, on groundless charges of espionage.  The AHA called for his immediate release. Read the letter on the AHA website.

  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat Will Be Visiting Scholar at Penn's Annenberg's School Spring 2019

    Sep 12, 2018 - 

    Ruth Ben-Ghiat will be a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Media at Risk, part of the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Her last book, Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema, is a study of Fascist film propaganda. She is currently writing about threats to press freedoms in authoritarian regimes, and in President Trump's America.

Allan J. Lichtman Published in USA Today

<p>On Sept. 26, Allan J. Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, published an <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/18/impeach-trump-nixon-clinton-republicans-allan-lichtman-column/100573416/">op-ed</a> in USA Today, based on his new book, The Embattled Vote in America. &ldquo;The Founders unwisely gave states control of the vote,&rdquo; he wrote. The problem today &ldquo;is not fraudulent voting but the suppression of voting" through &ldquo;stringent voter photo ID laws, draconian purges of registration rolls, the disenfranchisement of former felons and restrictions on the opportunity to register.&rdquo;</p>