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What We’re Reading: Annual Meeting Edition

Elisabeth Grant | Jan 10, 2008

While attending the 122nd Annual Meeting last week, staff of the AHA tried to keep AHA Today readers up to date with blog posts on sessions, events, and what to do in DC. But we weren’t the only ones reporting. This week’s “What We’re Reading” features Annual Meeting related articles from a range of news organizations and blogs. The AHA doesn’t necessarily endorse the opinions of any of these blog posts or bloggers, but rather links to them to acknowledge the wide variety of perspectives and experiences of the Annual Meeting. We also encourage you to offer more links (in the comments section of this post) to relevant Annual Meeting articles we may have missed.

News Organizations
The Chronicle of Higher Education
These articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education cover history job statistics, the presidential address, a session featuring Waskar Ari, and coverage of the business meeting. We’ve also linked to a blog post by Stan Katz of Princeton University on the Chronicle’s Brainstorm blog.

Inside Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed also examined the history job market, but for their other articles delved into sessions that covered issues of graduate education and urban history.

On Thursday, January 3rd, C-SPAN filmed John Lawrence, chief of staff for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as he presented at the session “Historians, Advocacy, and Public Policy.” The video of the session aired yesterday, January 9th on C-SPAN 2, and is unfortunately not available online but is only available for purchase.

The staggering number of historians who blog is illustrated best by Cliopatria’s history blogroll, so it’s no wonder how many covered the 122nd Annual Meeting last week. Group and individual bloggers alike posted entries on specific sessions, reflected on the meeting in general, and covered more ground than an army of AHA bloggers ever could.

Rick Shenkman of HNN posted a series of entries over the course of the Annual Meeting last week, as he has done for a number of years now. He covered main events, specific sessions, and even commented on the weather.

National Trust Historic Sites Weblog
Max van Balgooy, of the National Trust Historic Sites Weblog, attended and blogged about the pre-meeting workshop, “Intersection between Teaching and Research in the New Media,” covering the theory section and practice section of the day in two separate posts.

T. Mills Kelly at the Edwired blog also covered the pre-meeting workshop, with a detailed account of what went on. He also wrote about the two other sessions he was a part of, “Tech Tools for Historians” and “Learning Digitally: New Resources for History Teachers and Researchers.”

Tenured Radical
Many of the posts on Claire B. Potter’s blog Tenured Radical offered advice, and she especially targeted Annual Meeting newbies and those on the job hunt. But her posts also featured general observances and her personal experiences at the meeting.

Legal History Blog
As a professor of law, history, and political science, Mary L. Dudziak was particularly interested in sessions on legal history at the Annual Meeting. On her Legal History Blog she posted a list of the 28 sessions focused on that topic.

Religion in American History
This post, like the post mentioned above, also features both a list and a specific topic. John Fea on the Religion in American History blog enumerates the many “new or forthcoming titles (most of them from 2007 or early 2008) on religion in America” on display in the exhibit hall of the Annual Meeting.

Knitting Clio
At Knitting Clio, Heather Munro Prescott gives an overview of the session “Secure… for Whom? Campus Violence in Historical Perspective from the Bell Tower to Blacksburg.“

Relevant History
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang provides the slides to his presentation, “On Being a Historian at a Nonprofit Think Tank,” which he gave at session 166, “This Historian’s Life: Careers for Historians in the Twenty-First Century.” He also wrote about a session he attended on cultivating and maintaining passion for history in graduate school.

Poor Martin’s Almanac
J.D. Jordan, an interactive design and education professional, discusses his part in the Annual Meeting session, “Visual Thinking in History,” on his blog Poor Martin’s Almanac .

Chapati Mystery
Manan Ahmed was a panelist on the session, “Contested Pasts and Constructed Presents: Memory in the Local,” and writes about his experience.

The 2007 Cliopatria Awards, which include “best group blog,” “best new blog,” “best post,” and more, were handed out at a Cliopatria banquet during the Annual Meeting. 

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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