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

  • AHA Member Authors Book on Alexander Hamilton’s Old Harlem Neighborhood (March 2024)

    Mar 01, 2024 - 

    AHA member Davida Siwisa James has authored Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill (Fordham Univ. Press), which traces four centuries of the West Harlem neighborhood where Alexander Hamilton built his home in 1802. The book recounts the landmark architecture, Harlem Renaissance gatherings, and many luminaries who lived there. Untapped New York Insiders will host Siwisa James’ Virtual Book Launch on March 27. 

  • AHA Member Awarded the Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in Planning History (March 2024)

    Mar 01, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA member Mike Amezcua (Georgetown Univ.), who has been awarded the Lewis Mumford Prize by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) for his book, Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification (Chicago Univ. Press). The Mumford Prize is awarded biennially to “the best book on American city and regional planning history.”

  • AHA Members Awarded 2024 ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowships and Grants (February 2024)

    Mar 01, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to AHA members Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard Univ.), Karen Cook Bell (Bowie State Univ.), Yinghong Cheng (Delaware State Univ.), Frederick Knight (Morehouse Coll.), Danielle E. St. Julien (Xavier Univ., La.), and Darius J. Young (Florida A&M Univ.), as well as the other historians who were named as recipients of 2024 ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowships and Grants.

  • AHA Member Featured in Article about National Parks Tribal Liaisons (March 2024)

    Mar 01, 2024 - 

    AHA member Jason Herbert was featured in an article from ABC 7 Denver about the work that US Forest Service tribal liaisons are doing to“bridge the gap between the federal government and Indigenous communities through the work of tribal liaisons.” “I felt like I owed tribes my due diligence to come out here and learn these landscapes that they call home,” said Herbert, named the first tribal liaison for the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands region in June 2023. “I want to make sure that tribal voices are being heard within our national forest system.”

  • AHA Members Named to Brennan Center Historians Council on the Constitution (March 2024)

    Mar 01, 2024 - 

    Thirteen AHA members were recently named to the Historians Council on the Constitution, a new initiative from the Brennan Center for Justice which“seeks to address the misuse of history in major constitutional debates.” As part of the Council’s work, Alexander Keyssar (Harvard Univ.) co-wrote an article about constitutional originalism and history; Gautham Rao (American Univ.) co-wrote an article about corporations misusing history in Supreme Court cases; Holly Brewer (Univ. of Maryland) and Rosemarie Zagarri (George Mason Univ.) participated in a Q&A on the historical dimensions of Trump’s criminal immunity defense, and Brewer served on the panel for a virtual event on the same topic.

  • Coalition of Organizations Submit Letter Opposing Florida SB 1372 (February 2024)

    Feb 29, 2024 - 

    The AHA, as part of a nonpartisan coalition of organizations, has signed on to a letter opposing Florida SB 1372, which would threaten the integrity of K–12 history education in the state. This statement expresses “serious concerns that the bill is not constitutionally viable, is overly vague, and is an example of viewpoint discrimination that is contrary to free speech and expression. . . . This bill could create a new generation of history teachers who are unsure how to teach material about slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, or women’s suffrage.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to South Carolina State University Opposing Plan to Cut Majors (February 2024)

    Feb 29, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to leaders at South Carolina State University expressing grave concern about a plan to cut majors in history, African American studies, and social studies teaching at the university. “Cutting a core liberal arts degree like African American studies or history is short-sighted. Civic leaders from all corners of the political landscape have lamented the lack of historical knowledge of American citizens,” the AHA wrote. “Cutting social studies education is an especially irresponsible move at a moment when teachers are being prohibited from teaching the truth about slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, or the continuing centrality of racism in American public culture.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Florida Legislature Opposing Harmful K–12 Teacher Training Bill (February 2024)

    Feb 27, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Florida legislators opposing HB 1291/SB 1372, a “heavy-handed and inappropriate intervention in college curricula, classroom instruction, and professional learning.” The proposed legislation, the AHA writes, “would require educators teach a history that is incomplete, tendentious, and politically driven rather than based on evidence and consistent with professional standards. . . . SB 1372 establishes a mechanism for censoring classroom teaching and learning, and hence stands in stark opposition to academic freedom and true intellectual diversity.”

  • AHA Member Authors Article on Academic Freedom for Chronicle of Higher Education (February 2024)

    Feb 27, 2024 - 

    AHA member Alex Lichtenstein (Indiana Univ.) wrote an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the current state of academic freedom at Indiana University, comparing the university leadership’s statements about commitment to academic freedom with their actions in cancelling the planned retrospective exhibition of a Palestinian artist’s work. “As the university’s leadership must know, the‘freedom to explore topics that expand knowledge’ cannot be situational, partial, or maintained only at the convenience and comfort of campus administrators, state legislators, and donors,” Lichtenstein wrote. “It can only be defended as a universal principle, without fear or favor.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Iowa House of Representatives Opposing Bill on K-12 Social Studies Curriculum (February 2024)

    Feb 22, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to the members of the Iowa House of Representatives opposing HF 2544, a bill that “directly encroaches on the authority and expertise of the members of the Iowa State Board of Education, sidestepping statutory minimum requirements for the educational program and bypassing the state’s mandated process for developing social studies standards.” The proposed legislation, the AHA wrote, “is a Frankenstein’s monster constructed out of disembodied portions of five out-of-state model bills” that “leaves no room for input from teachers, administrators, historians, or parents.”