Publication Date

January 29, 2013

Various events and sessions from the 127th annual meeting this past January 3-6, 2013 in New Orleans have been blogged and tweeted about all over the web. But now, whether you attended the meeting, or wished you could have, you can now watch a number of 127th annual meeting sessions and events through videos posted on the AHA’s YouTube channel.

Presidential Address
At the General Meeting, on Friday of the annual meeting, now-former AHA President Bill Cronon delivered his presidential address: “Storytelling.”

Presentation of 2012 AHA Awards and Prizes
Preceding the presidential address at theGeneral Meeting, was the presentation of the 2012 AHA awards and prizes. Full citations for each will be available in the February 2013 issue of Perspectives on History. Watch current AHA President Kenneth Pomeranz present the awards in the video below.

Taking a Longer View: The 2012 Election in Historical Context
At session 81, “Taking a Longer View: The 2012 Election in Historical Context,” AHA executive director James Grossman chaired a session that examined the 2012 Presidential Election within a historical context. Participating in this session were Mary Frances Berry (University of Pennsylvania), William Inboden (University of Texas at Austin), Laura Kalman (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Sean Wilentz (Princeton University).

Clio’s Craft: History and Storytelling
This roundtable expands on William Cronon’s Presidential Address by discussing how the use of narrative and writing to an audience is an integral part of the historian’s job. Participating in this discussion are Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University), John Demos (Yale University), Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard University), Tony Horwitz (journalist and author), Karl Jacoby (Columbia University), and Marci Shore (Yale University).

Thinking Through History with John Sayles
Session 194, “Thinking Through History with John Sayles,” features esteemed filmmaker John Sayles in a panel discussion about film, history, and the historical implications in his own work. Joining Sayles in this discussion were historians Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin–Madison, chair), Thomas G. Andrews (University of Colorado Denver), Gabriela Soto Laveaga (University of California, Santa Barbara), Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt University), Rachel St. John (New York University), and Nathan Connolly (Johns Hopkins University).

Food, Farms, and History: A Conversation with Michael Pollan
AHA President William Cronon (University of Wisconsin–Madison) chaired a panel discussing the work of noted author, journalist, and activist Michael Pollan. Joining professor Cronon in this fascinating discussion were Brian Donahue (Brandeis University), Deborah Fitzgerald (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Donna R. Gabaccia (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), and Michael Pollan himself.

The Entrepreneurial Historian

As the academic job market has tightened and as federal, state, and local budgets have been slashed, it has become increasingly clear that historians must re-assess their approach to and understanding of the job market. In other words, historians must start to look beyond “Plan B.” This panel discusses the concept of for-profit history, and explores ways in which historians can expand their career options beyond academe. This roundtable discussion includes Kristen E. Gwinn-Becker (HistoryIT), Alexandra M. Lord (Ultimate History Project ), Jennifer Stevens (Stevens Historical Research and Boise State University), Brian W. Martin (History Associates Inc.), Michelle McClellan (University of Michigan), and Patrick Moore (University of West Florida and Next Exit History).

The Iraq War Is History? A Roundtable Discussion
The year 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq and the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now that American ground forces have largely departed from Iraq, it seems a propitious time to assess the historical importance of the American invasion and occupation. This roundtable brings together four distinguished scholars to discuss the war’s legacies from both the Iraqi and the U.S. perspectives; with Mary L. Dudziak (Emory University), Dina R. Khoury (George Washington University),
Melvyn P. Leffler (University of Virginia), and Peter R. Mansoor (Ohio State University at Columbus).

Public History in the Federal Government—Continuing Trends and New Innovations
This session explores the use of new digital resources in the work of historians working in the federal government, to help them document institutional history, share information with the public, and provide historical context for policy makers. Participating in this panel are Carl E. Ashley (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian), Donald A. Ritchie (U.S. Senate Historical Office), Matthew Wasniewski (U.S. House of Representatives, Office of History and Preservation), Joseph C. Wicentowski (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian), and Mandy Chalou (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian).

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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