Publication Date

November 1, 1997

The 112th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 8-11, 1998, in Seattle, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the Sheraton Seattle, and the Westin Seattle hotels. More than 800 scholars, including 87 from abroad, will appear on the program. In addition, 46 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 Program, beginning on page 19. AHA-sponsored sessions begin on page 67 of the Program. Noted below are sessions sponsored by Association divisions and committees. Session numbers also indicated.

The AHA Teaching Division is sponsoring several sessions, including “Teaching Diversity: A Roundtable Discussion on Teaching and Curriculum” (2); “The Politics of Teaching History and the Nation-Building Process” (3); “Immigration History: Assessing the Field” (4); “Three Approaches to ‘Big History’: Setting a Context for Humanity’s Common Past” (5); ‘Whose History of Sexuality? Teaching (Against) Identity” (29); “Memory, Oral History, and the Creation of Ethnic Identity: Toward a Better Use of Public History in Teaching and in Museums” (30); “Teaching the Americas as a Hemispheric Endeavor” (36); “The Art of the Possible: Creating a Crosscultural Teaching Community” (58); “Designing an Advanced Placement World History Course and Examination for the Twenty-First Century” (86); “History Teaching: Training, Collaboration, and Enrichment” (87); “Roundtable: Community, Pedagogy, and New Learning Technologies” (88); “Cultural Landscapes: NEH Support for Research, Teaching, and Public Programs on the Northwest” (114); “Teaching and Technology in the History Classroom: Some Pragmatic Approaches” (115); “Prisoners of History: Research and Teaching on the History of Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century” (138); and “Course Portfolios: Documenting the Scholarship of Teaching in History” (139). For additional details on teaching-related activities, see pages 15-17 of the Program.

For the seventh year, the AHA Professional Division continues sponsorship of a workshop on “Interviewing in the Job Market of the 1990s” (1) in conjunction with the Coordinating Council for Women in History and the Task Force on the Role of Graduate Students in the AHA. 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. The Professional Division will also sponsor two sessions on Saturday, January 10. Offered in the morning time slot, “Doing History in the Twenty-First Century: The Future of Tenure in Research Universities” (57) will be chaired by division vice president Carla Ralm Phillips (Univ. of Minnesota). Panel members are Kinley Brauer (Univ. of Minnesota); Steven G. Olswang (Univ. of Washington); and Robert D. Schulzinger (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder). The discussion of tenure will continue at the history department chairs’ luncheon, beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Sheraton’s East Ballroom Section A. Offered in the afternoon time slot, “Roundtable: ‘Invisible’ Faculty and Quality Education: The Use and Abuse of Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty” (85) will be chaired by division and Council member Barbara N. Ramusack (Univ. of Cincinnati). Sherry J. Katz (San Francisco State Univ.), David A. Berry (Essex County Coll. and president of the Community College Humanities Association), and Ernst Benjamin (American Association of University Professors) will deliver papers.

The AHA's Research Division will sponsor “Access to Presidential Records: Successes, Failures, and Promises” (137), chaired by division member Donna Guy (Univ. of Arizona). Panel members are Blanche Wiesen Cook (Graduate Sch. and Univ. Center, City Univ. of New York), Richard Kirkendall (Univ. of Washington), and Page Putnam Miller (National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History).

The Committee on Minority Historians is cosponsoring “Teaching Diversity: A Roundtable Discussion on Teaching and Curriculum” (2) a panel organized by the Teaching Division. Antonio Rios-Bustamante (Univ. of Arizona) will chair. Robert L. Harris, Jr. (Cornell Univ.) will discuss “Teaching African American History,” Gary Y. Okihiro (Cornell Univ.) will speak on “Teaching Asian American History,” Elizabeth Salas (Univ. of Washington) will address “Teaching Chicana History,” and Karen Anderson (Univ. of Arizona) will focus on “Teaching Gender in U.S. History.” The committee will also sponsor “Roundtable: Which Way Do the Footprints Go? New Models for Immigration Studies” (59). Committee member Clara Sue Kidwell (Univ. of Oklahoma) will chair; panel members include Mia Bay (Rutgers Univ.), Jack Forbes (Univ. of California at Davis), Julius S. Scott (Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor), and Richard White (Univ. of Washington). This should complement well the session on immigration history (4).

The Committee on Women Historians is sponsoring the session “Gender and Public Policy in an international Context” (140) with Seth Koven (Villanova Univ.) speaking about “The American Girl in London’: Gender, Journalism, and Social Investigation in Late Victorian London” and Gail Hershatter (Univ. of California at Santa Cruz) addressing “Life-Sized Heroines: State Intervention and Women’s Work in Rural China, 1949-59.” Kathryn Kish Sklar (State Univ. of New York at Binghamton) will chair the session and offer comment.

The Task Force on the Role of Graduate Students in the AHA is also sponsoring “Doing History in the Twenty-First Century: Graduate Student Task Force Open Forum” (31), and is cosponsoring both “Interviewing in the Job Market of the 1990s” (1) with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History, and the “Roundtable: ‘Invisible’ Faculty and Quality Education: The Use and Abuse of Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty” (85) with the AHA Professional and Teaching Divisions. Please see pages 17-18 of the Program for additional activities of special interest to grad” students.

The Globalizing Regional History Project of the AHA will cosponsor “Education and Empire: America and Britain Teaching in the World” (6), “The Spatial Approach to Changes in Society and Identity in African History” (60), and “The Contradictions of Colonial Citizenship in the French Empire” (141).

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