Publication Date

January 6, 2012

AHA annual meeting in ChicagoToday’s main event at the 126th annual meeting is the General Meeting (8:30–10:30 p.m., Sheraton, Chicago Ballroom VI), featuring Anthony Grafton’spresidential address and the presentation of the recipients of the AHA’s 2011 prizes and awards, including the eighth Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (accepted on her behalf by Judge Diane P. Wood).

Read on for a roundup of sessions, open forums, and films taking place today at the 126th annual meeting.

Locations and Hours
Below are the Friday hours for various annual meeting areas. Find the complete overview of location hours for this week, as well as hotel floorplans, online.

  • Registration, Sheraton, River Exhibition Hall B, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Job Center, Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Salon I, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hall, Sheraton, River Exhibition Hall, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Shuttle between the four meeting hotels, 7:30 a.m.–midnight
  • Messaging and Internet Center, Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Salon 1, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Quiet Rooms, Sheraton, Ohio Room and Marriott, Great America Room,9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Below are just a few of the sessions taking place today.

Open Forums

Film Festival

  • A Film Unfinished
    12:00–2:00 p.m.
    Sheraton, Sheraton Ballroom I
    At the end of World War II, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered in an East German archive. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, which included multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. AFilm Unfinished presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
  • My Perestroika
    4:30–6:30 p.m.
    Sheraton, Sheraton Ballroom I
    The film follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times—from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. Filmmaker Robin Hessman will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.


  • Reception for Two-Year Faculty
    5:30–7:00 p.m.
    Sheraton, Missouri Room
    Sponsored by Milestone Documents, the AHA cordially invites faculty teaching at two-year and community colleges to attend a reception in the Sheraton’s Missouri Room.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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