Publication Date

November 30, 2020

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

Virtual AHA is a series of online opportunities to bring together communities of historians, build professional relationships, discuss scholarship, and engage in professional and career development. A service to our members as they navigate the current emergency, Virtual AHA provides a forum for discussing common issues, building research networks, and broadening and maintaining our professional community in dire circumstances. It also provides resources for online teaching and other professional and career development. We are creating various kinds of content to help historians connect, while helping us learn more about what our members want and need.

Virtual AHA

Virtual AHA

Virtual AHA

Virtual AHA will run through June 2021. Virtual AHA incorporates the AHA Colloquium, our name for content drawn from the canceled 2021 annual meeting. It also includes an online teaching forum, career development workshops, a series of History Behind the Headlines webinars, National History Center programming, and more. These programs are free, and AHA membership is not required to register. Many of the webinars will be available for later viewing on the AHA’s YouTube channel.

See for details. Download the Virtual AHA app at for the latest schedule updates and links.

Virtual Exhibit Hall

The AHA Virtual Exhibit Hall will be available online through June 2021. The Virtual Exhibit Hall provides an opportunity to learn about the latest historical scholarship, take advantage of publisher discounts, and network with editors and press staff. If you normally look forward to the exhibits at the annual meeting, the Virtual Exhibit Hall offers a similar experience from the comfort of your home. Best of all, no name badge is necessary: the Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public. Check it out at

Programming Content Streams

  • AHA Colloquium: Bringing together communities of historians who ordinarily meet face-to-face at our annual meeting through web-based programming.
  • History Behind the Headlines: Featuring prominent historians discussing the histories behind current events and the importance of history and historical thinking to public policy and culture.
  • Online Teaching Forum: Helping historians plan for teaching in online and hybrid environments.
  • Virtual Career Development: Emphasizing career exploration and skill development for graduate students and early career historians.
  • Virtual Seminars for Department Chairs: Supporting department chairs through the transitions and uncertainties resulting from COVID-19. Webinars will be small-group discussions (capped at 10 participants) and facilitated by an experienced department chair.
  • National History Center Congressional Briefings: Briefings by leading historians on past events and policies that shape the issues facing Congress today.
  • Washington History Seminar: Facilitating understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge from a variety of perspectives. A joint venture of the National History Center of the AHA and the History and Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Upcoming Events

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  • December 2—Washington History Seminar: The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy
  • December 3Online Teaching Forum:The Role of Higher Ed in AP History Courses and Exams
  • December 4—AHA Colloquium: History and Historians in Response to COVID-19: Plagues Past and Present
  • December 7—Washington History Seminar: Statelessness: A Modern History
  • December 14—Washington History Seminar: Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe
  • December 17—AHA Colloquium: History and Historians in Response to COVID-19: Containing Contagion
  • December 21—Washington History Seminar: Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis

In Case You Missed It

The following recordings are available on the AHA’s YouTube channel:

Online Teaching Forum

  • Engaging Students Online: Using Digital Sources and Assignments in Virtual Classrooms
  • Teaching World History in the New World with Trevor Getz
  • Middle Ages for Educators: Online Resources and Strategies for Teaching the Pre-Modern
  • From High School Social Studies to the College Survey: A Conversation with Teachers and Students
  • Teaching History this Fall: Strategies and Tools for Learning and Equity
  • Dual and Concurrent Enrollment in History: Strengthening Programs and Learning
  • History Gateways: “Many Thousands Failed” in 2020: a Conversation with Drew Koch
  • History TAs in the Time of COVID

Career Development

  • What Is Grad School Really Like?
  • Careers for Historians in the Tech Industry
  • Making the Most of Your Postdoc

AHA Colloquium

  • Doing Research During COVID-19

History Behind the Headlines

  • Presidential Debates in Historical Perspective

Washington History Seminar

  • Recordings are available on the National History Center’s YouTube channel.

Further Information about the AHA Colloquium for Those Accepted for the 2021 Program

People originally scheduled to be on the 2021 program will have a variety of options for sharing their work. We are looking forward to working with participants on creative new ways to share their work. Keep an eye on for regular updates.

A PDF program, documenting all sessions accepted by the AHA Program Committee and the affiliated societies, was posted on the AHA website in early November so that participants can validate their expected participation for their CVs. Anyone who was expecting to deliver a prepared presentation will have the opportunity to post written remarks on the AHA website.

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