Publication Date

February 26, 2021

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities, AHA Online

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 will run through June 2021. It 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 at

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.

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

Visit for details on these and other events that will be scheduled between now and March.

  • March 1: Washington History Seminar—The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti
  • March 2: AHA Colloquium—AHR Conversation: Black Internationalism
  • March 8: Washington History Seminar—Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia
  • March 9: AHA Colloquium—Slavery and Space: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives
  • March 15: Washington History Seminar—Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War
  • March 16: AHA Colloquium—Reevaluating the Impact of the “Conquest of Mexico” at 500 Years
  • March 18: Career Development—Historical Research beyond the Professoriate
  • March 22: Washington History Seminar—The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East
  • March 23: AHA Colloquium—Teaching the Medieval as Mediterranean: Reorienting the Metanarrative
  • March 25: AHA Colloquium—Oceanic Worlds: A Roundtable
  • March 29: Washington History Seminar—Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century
  • March 30: AHA Colloquium—Fifty Years of Bangladesh: Tracing Law, Literature, and Liberty in Transition
  • March 31: AHA Colloquium—Getting Started in Digital History Workshop

In Case You Missed It

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

Online Teaching Forum

  • History TAs in the Time of COVID
  • Deep Thoughts: Metacognition and Teaching History
  • The Role of Higher Ed in AP History Courses and Exams

Career Development

  • Careers for Historians in the Tech Industry
  • Making the Most of Your Postdoc

AHA Colloquium

  • History PhDs in the World of Entrepreneurship
  • History and Historians in Response to COVID-19 (three-event series): Plagues Past and Present; Containing Contagion; Infection and Inequality
  • New Military History
  • Online Learning via the Digital Humanities, the Online Classroom, and the Hybrid Classroom
  • Late-Breaking Plenary: The International Implications of the US Election
  • Plenary: Erasing History
  • 2021 Presidential Address: Slow History

History Behind the Headlines

  • Presidential Debates in Historical Perspective
  • History Behind the Headlines: Historians Reflect on the 2020 Election

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.

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