Publication Date

January 9, 2010

Today at the Annual Meeting, stop by the poster session to check out 20 displays on a range of history topics, drop in on the AHA’s annual Business Meeting to hear reports from staff and officers, view one of the three films offered today as part of the film festival, and leave some time tonight to attend the plenary session “Marriage on Trial: Historians and Lawyers in Same-Sex Marriage Cases.” Read about all of this and more in this post.

Locations and Times

  • Registration for the meeting is located in Douglas Pavilion A on the ground level of the Hyatt and will be open today from 8:30 am–4:00 pm.
  • The Job Center is located in the Marriott’s Marriott Hall on the lobby level and is open today from 9:00 am–6:00 pm. (Admission to the Job Center requires an AHA registration badge).
  • The Exhibit Hall is located in the Hyatt’s Douglas Pavilion and will be open today from 9:00 am–6:00 pm. (Admission to the Exhibit Hall requires an AHA registration badge)

Here are just a few of the sessions taking place today. See a list of all of today’s sessions in the online Program.


National History Education Clearinghouse Workshop
The National History Education Clearinghouse Workshop will be held from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm in the San Diego Ballroom Salon C of the Marriott. The workshop will cover: a Clearinghouse demonstration; Teaching the ‘New’ Military History with Social History; Teaching about Immigration; History, Education, and Public Policy in California; Talking About Text: Engaging Students in Historical Analysis; and Resources to Teach about Immigration from a West Coast Perspective.

Events of the AHA Working Group for Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage
Today’s sessions from “Historical Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage” miniconference include:

Film Festival

  • Ruins
    11:00 am-1:00 pm, Randle Ballroom D (Hyatt)
    Ruins is a hybrid film that blurs the line between fiction and documentary, melds culturally skewed anthropological films, staged scenes, and documentation about a Mexican antiquities forger to question not only the traditional reception and understanding of pre-Columbian culture, but also our very assumptions of historical truth as mediated through the camera lens.
  • Ararat
    2:30-4:30 pm, Randle Ballroom D (Hyatt)
    This thought-provoking film compels us to experience the toxicity of genocide and the ways it continues to cast shadows on the lives of Armenians and others years after its bloody unfolding.
  • Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
    5:30-7:30 pm, Randle Ballroom D (Hyatt)
    Shot on locations in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Morea, the film tells the story of a young Pacific island couple falling in love and thereby violating a local taboo. Released in 1931, Tabu was rightly called “the apogee of the art of silent film.”

Business Meeting
The annual AHA Business Meeting will be held from4:45-6:00 pm in the Hyatt’s Elizabeth Ballroom H, the AHA Business Meeting will feature reports from Executive Director Arnita Jones and AHR Editor Robert A. Schneider. The nominating committee and three division vice presidents will also report.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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