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

  • AHA Signs Amicus Curiae Brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization (September 2021)

    Sep 20, 2021 - 

    The AHA, along with the Organization of American Historians, has become a signatory to an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This brief, based on decades of study and research by professional historians, aims to provide an accurate historical perspective as the Court considers the state of Mississippi’s challenge to a woman’s right to abortion, a right that was affirmed by the Court in Roe v. Wade.

  • AHA Member Recognized by Chicago History Museum (September 2021)

    Sep 17, 2021 - 

    AHA member Michael H. Ebner (Lake Forest Coll.) has received the Chicago History Museum’s Scammon Award recognizing his 30 years as a member of its board of trustees. Ebner served on three presidential search committees, chaired multiple trustee committees, and is co-founder of the museum’s Urban History Seminar, established in 1984. 

  • AHA Releases Statement on Threats to Academic Conferences (September 2021)

    Sep 14, 2021 - 

    The AHA has released a statement condemning the harassment and intimidation of participants, organizers, and university sponsors of the virtual conference “Dismantling Global Hindutva: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.” “Conferences, both in person and across digital platforms, are critical to the exchange of ideas among historians and our colleagues in other disciplines,” the AHA wrote. “Disruptions to a conference represent an assault on the principle of academic freedom, and the AHA stands unequivocally with participants in this conference and its sponsors in their right to exchange ideas without fear of threats and intimidation.” To date, 39 organizations have signed onto this statement.

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in TIME Article on Confederate Statue Removal (September 2021)

    Sep 14, 2021 - 

    AHA executive director James Grossman was featured in a TIME article by Janell Ross about the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. “I think that many of us now realize that the removal of statues, while it’s an important symbolic act, is merely a symbolic act,” Grossman said. “So, what is to be done now that we have made this symbolic statement, now that we have recognized that the Confederacy did not win the Civil War? These are not heroes. These are not people to be admired, and the world that they defended is not to be admired. How do we create a different world? That's our challenge.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Missouri Governor Urging Reinstatement of LGBTQ+ History Exhibition (September 2021)

    Sep 13, 2021 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Missouri governor Mike Parson recommending “most emphatically” that he reconsider his “decision to remove the exhibition Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights from the Missouri State Museum.” “By excluding this high-quality, professionally researched and produced historical exhibition from the State Museum,” the AHA wrote, “you articulate a vision of the state that we hope you do not intend: that LGBTQ+ Americans are not worthy of recognition or inclusion in the state of Missouri.”

  • AHA Member Publishes Book on Nationalism and Belonging in Prague (September 2021)

    Sep 09, 2021 - 

    AHA member Chad Bryant (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) published his book, Prague: Belonging in the Modern City with Harvard University Press in May 2021. Through the lens of Czechia’s history of nationalism and “tensions between exclusionary nationalism and on-the-ground diversity,” Prague “tells the stories of five marginalized individuals who, over the last two centuries, forged their own notions of belonging in one of Europe’s great cities.”

  • AHA Member Appointed Interim Director of NYPL’s Cullman Center (September 2021)

    Sep 09, 2021 - 

    AHA member Martha Hodes (New York Univ.) has been appointed to a two-year term as interim director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, beginning September 2021. The Cullman Center is an “international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers.” Hodes was a Cullman Center Fellow in 2018–19.