Publication Date

November 1, 1999

The 114th annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 6-9, 2000, in Chicago at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and the Chicago Marriott Downtown. More than 800 scholars, including 67 from abroad, will appear on the program. In addition, 48 affiliated societies and other groups will cosponsor sessions or hold separate luncheons, sessions, and meetings. Affiliate events are listed in the front portion of the annual meeting Program, beginning on page 21. AHA-sponsored sessions begin on page 85. Noted below are sessions and events sponsored by Association divisions and committees. Session numbers are indicated.

The AHA Teaching Division is sponsoring several sessions, including the roundtables “Historians in the Schools” (2) and “Collaboration and Innovative Instruction: A Discussion of Team Teaching in History” (3); “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: The Impact of Electronic Media on the Understanding and Teaching of History” (27); two workshops on Saturday, January 8-“Teaching Urban History: Chicago, a Laboratory for Learning” (53) and “Teaching World History: Towards a Comparative History of Consumerism” (80); “Why and How Should College History Departments Train Secondary School Social Studies Teachers?” (54); “Towards a Framework for Web-Based History Teaching? Evidence from the U.K. and U.S.A.” (55); “A City for the People: Teaching History through Architecture” (81); “Reinventing the Survey Course Using Original Source Material: AP History’s Quarter Century Teaching and Assessing with Documents” (105); “Computers and History: Expectations, Realities, and Transformations” (129); and “Teaching Teaching: Training Graduate Students in the Art of Teaching” (130).

The division will cosponsor the Advanced Placement American and European History luncheon on Saturday, January 8, with the College Board and the World History Association. Patricia Nelson Limerick (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder) will speak on "Dilemmas of Abundance: Integrating New Scholarship into the U.S. College Survey Course When It's Already Bursting at the Seams." Also on Saturday, division vice president Leon Fink (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will address history department chairs at their luncheon, speaking on "Collaborations between History Departments and the Schools: Affecting the Great Continuum." For additional details on teaching-related activities, see pages 16-17 of the Program and the December Perspectives.

For the l0th year, the AHA Professional Division will sponsor a workshop, this year with the revised title of “Interviewing in the Job Market of the New Millennium,” in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the AHA Task Force on Graduate Education (1). Scheduled for Friday, January 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m., the session attendees will be divided into small interviewee groups, each led by a college or university faculty member or a public historian who will conduct mock interviews and lead discussion of successful interview strategies. In the Friday afternoon time slot, the division will sponsor “History Departments in a New Century” (25), chaired by Jeremy Popkin (Univ. of Kentucky) with panelists Charlotte Borst (St. Louis Univ.), Martin Jay (Univ. of California at Berkeley), Henry Reichman (California State Univ. at Hayward), and Robert Rupp (West Virginia Wesleyan Univ.).

The Professional Division will also sponsor two sessions on Saturday, January 8. Offered in the morning time slot, "The New Academic Labor System and Its Discontents: Contingent Faculty and the Future of the Profession" (59) features papers by William T. Scroggins (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges) on "The Impact of the Overuse of Part-Time Faculty on the College and Academic Environment" and Richard Moser (American Association. of University Professors) on "The End of the Mid-Century Social Contract and the New Academic Labor System." Independent filmmaker and session chair Barbara Wolf will screen her film Degrees of Shame: Part-Time Faculty, Migrant Workers of the Information Economy. Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh (Univ. of Cincinnati) will comment. Division member James Grossman (Newberry Library) will chair a session on “Journalists, Scholars, and Historical Writing” (78) in the afternoon time slot. Panel members are Bill Kurtis (independent television journalist), Nicholas Lehmann (Atlanta Monthly), Patricia Nelson Limerick (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder), and Donald Miller (Lafayette Coll.).

The AHA's Research Division will sponsor “Scholarly Publishing in the Twenty-First Century” (26), chaired by AHA President Robert Darnton (Princeton Univ.) . Michael Grossberg (Indiana Univ. and American Historical Review) will discuss scholarly journals, Kate Wittenberg (Columbia Univ. Press) will comment on university presses, Ann Okerson (Yale Univ. Libraries) will talk about libraries and publishing, John H. D’ Arms (American Council of Learned Societies) will focus on scholarly monographs, and Richard Ekman (The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company) will speak on foundations and publishing. Stanley N. Katz (Princeton Univ. and vice president of the division) will comment. The division will also sponsor a panel on “Research in History Museums” (79) chaired by AHA President-Elect Eric Foner (Columbia Univ.). Panel members are Cary Carson (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), Spencer R. Crew (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution), Marcia Semmel (Women of the West Museum), and Langdon G. Wright (Cooperstown Graduate Program).

The Committee on Minority Historians is sponsoring the session “Minorities and the Construction of Political Communities: A Comparative View” (4). Tera Hunter (Carnegie Mellon Univ. and cochair of the CMH) will chair the session and Douglas Howland (DePaul Univ.) will comment. Timothy Cleaveland (Univ. of Florida), Ada Ferrer (NYU), and David Gilmartin (North Carolina State Univ.) will present papers. The CMH also invites minority scholars, graduate students, and others attending the annual meeting to a cash-bar reception on Saturday, January 8, beginning at 5:30p.m. in the Sheraton’s Missouri Room.

The Committee on Women Historians is sponsoring the session “Women, Men, and the Historical Profession in the Twenty-First Century” (56). Glenna Matthews (Univ. of California at Berkeley) and Guido Ruggiero (Penn State Univ. and CWH member) will cochair. Panel members are Leslie Brown (Washington Univ. in St. Louis), Barbara Metcalf (Univ. of California at Davis), Linda Shopes (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), and Elizabeth Smith (Rutgers Univ.). The CWH also invites attendance to its annual breakfast on Saturday morning. Jennifer Morgan (Rutgers Univ.), Susan Pedersen (Harvard Univ.), and Mrinalini Sinha (Southern Illinois Univ. and CWH cochair) will speak on “The Future of Feminist History.” Preregistration is required; see the AHA registration form in this issue or on the AHA’s web site (http:/ /www.theaha. org/annual).

The AHA Task Force on Graduate Education is sponsoring six sessions. On Friday, January 7, the TFGE will sponsor a roundtable discussion of “Negotiating the ‘ABD’ Gap: Survival Strategies for Advanced Graduate Students” (28), and on Saturday, January 8, a session on “Postacademic Careers in the Twenty-First Century: Continuity and Change beyond the Academy” (82). The task force will cosponsor two workshops, “Teaching American History: Chicago, A Laboratory for Learning” (53) (with the AHA Teaching Division, the Coordinating Council for Women in History, and the National History Education Network) and “Teaching World History: Towards a Comparative History of Consumerism” (80) (with the cosponsors above and the World History Association). The TFGE will also cosponsor “Interviewing in the Job Market in the New Millennium” (1) with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History and “Teaching Teaching: Training Graduate Students in the Art of Teaching” (130) with the AHA Teaching Division.

On Friday, January 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the TFGE will sponsor an open forum to discuss issues of interest to graduate students. Immediately following the forum, all graduate students are invited to attend a reception in their honor beginning at 6:30p.m. See pages 18-19 of the Program for additional activities of special interest to graduate students.

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