Publication Date

April 28, 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. These programs are free, and AHA membership is not required to register.

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. Visit for a full list of staff- and participant-produced content.
  • 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.
  • 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 June.

  • May 3: Washington History Seminar—The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History
  • May 4: AHA Colloquium—Integrating Environmental History into the Curriculum: A Roundtable Discussion
  • May 10: Washington History Seminar—Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States
  • May 11: AHA Colloquium—New Diplomatic History
  • May 12: AHA Colloquium—The Challenges of Climate History: A Roundtable Discussion
  • May 17: Washington History Seminar—A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit
  • May 18: AHA Colloquium—Real Hatred: Exploring the Most Vehemently Despised Presidents in American History
  • May 20: AHA Colloquium—Global Visions of Freedom: A Roundtable Discussion on Radical Black Internationalism
  • May 24: Washington History Seminar—The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War
  • May 25: AHA Colloquium—Undergraduate Lightning Round
  • May 27: AHA Colloquium—Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas
  • May 28: AHA Colloquium—Gay Liberation, Solidarity, and Identities across the Americas, 1940-2000
  • June 1: AHA Colloquium—Women’s Activism in Historical Perspective: Labor, Feminism, and Organizing in the European and American 20th Century
  • June 1: Washington History Seminar—June Fourth: The Tiananmen Protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989
  • June 7: Washington History Seminar—The Columnist: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson’s Washington
  • June 8: AHA Colloquium—Artificial Intelligence and Its Implications for the Present and Future of Historical Research
  • June 14: Washington History Seminar—For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality
  • June 15: AHA Colloquium—Occupation/Education
  • June 17: AHA Colloquium—Histories of Resistance, Histories of Survivance, Hidden Text: Indigenous Responses to Colonialism
  • June 21: Washington History Seminar—Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo
  • June 28: Washington History Seminar—Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

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
  • The Role of Higher Ed in AP History Courses and Exams

Career Development

  • Historical Research Beyond the Professoriate
  • Careers for Historians in the Tech Industry
  • Making the Most of Your Postdoc

AHA Colloquium

  • Reevaluating the Impact of the “Conquest of Mexico” at 500 Years
  • Slavery and Space: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives
  • AHR Conversation: Black Internationalism
  • History Gateways: What I’m Doing Differently in My History Introductory Course
  • “Our Country Is Full”: Roots and Consequences of America’s 1921 Immigration Act 100 Years Later
  • Future Directions in Research and Training for Digital History

History Behind the Headlines

  • Presidential Debates in Historical Perspective
  • Historians Reflect on the 2020 Election
  • Preserving Records: Archives and Presidential Transitions

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

A PDF program, documenting all sessions accepted by the AHA Program Committee and the affiliated societies, is posted on the AHA website a so that participants can validate their expected participation for their CVs.

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