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What We’re Reading: 127th Annual Meeting Edition

AHA Staff | Jan 10, 2013

Today, we’ve rounded up coverage of the 127th annual meeting, from the AHA itself, to the New York Times, Chronicle for Higher Education, and Insider Higher Ed, to the blogosphere. This list, however, is by no means complete. Check back here at AHA Today for a few more session reports, as well as links to multiple videos from the meeting. If we’ve overlooked any articles or posts on the meeting, please feel free to share links to them in the comments section below, or tweet us at @AHAhistorians.


Historians Look Back, and Inward, at Annual Meeting
Jennifer Schuessler covers the annual meeting for the New York Times, touching on many of the conference’s major themes. The comments section is also worth a read.

It’s Time to Tell the Big Story, Says New President of the American Historical Association
Marc Perry, writing for the Chronicle, interviews incoming AHA President Ken Pomeranz on the state of the discipline, and what historians can do better.

Historic Relevance
Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed discusses some of the issues department chairs are currently facing in the history discipline, including the debate over differential tuition models, interdisciplinary approaches, and the growing proportion of adjuncts in college departments.

Educator or Historian?
Do graduate programs adequately prepare students to teach? Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed notes a consistent thread in sessions at the annual meeting.

Historians Get Advice on Writing for the Readers of Today
Marc Parry reporting for the Chronicle discusses Michael Pollan’s call to historians during the conference’s opening-night plenary session to “write in a human voice … and embrace storytelling.”

Attica film to premiere at AHA conference
The Democrat and Chronicle discusses the film Attica, a New York based documentary film about the infamous prison riot, screened at the annual meeting.

Research uncovers how single and widowed women shaped the religious culture of colonial Latin America
Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara, presenting at the Conference for Latin American history in conjunction with the AHA annual meeting, discusses her research into gender in 18th century Latin America.

Historic New Orleans’ Jazz and Cuisine Come to the iPad and Web at 2013 AHA Conference
Louisiana State Museum and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum bring information about the rich cuisine and jazz music accessible via Biblioboard.


History News Network covered the 127th annual meeting extensively, reporting on as well as filming a number of sessions and events.

Jacksonian America created an AHA Bingo card. As of yet, no word on which lucky historian claimed Bingo.

Feminist Figure Girl categorizes historians walking into the Marriott according to wardrobe in Wrinkle Power: James Bond as an Endangered Species

Lincoln Mullen
Graduate student Lincoln Mullen discusses his experiences participating in the American Catholic Historical Association, an affiliated conference held in conjunction with the AHA’s meeting.

On the Quiet Shore
Provides the often tight lipped perspective of the job candidate, interviewing at the AHA Job Center.

Religion in American History
Emily Suzanne Clark blogs about the American Society of Church History’s meeting at the AHA.

Still Water Historians
Katherine O’Flaherty at Stillwater Historians discusses her experiences at THATCampAHA—particularly the session on teaching and digital humanities.

Tenured Radical
Claire Potter offers two articles that bookended AHA 2013. In advance of the meeting, Potter discusses what to expect at the meeting, and her advice for newbies to the AHA meeting, titled “Oh, When The Historians Go Marching In: AHA 2013, New Orleans.” In her concluding post “#AHA2013 Wrap-Up: Things You Won’t Read Anywhere Else”, she playfully remarks that “In the movie about #AHA2013, Executive Director James Grossman will be played by Mandy Patinkin and I will be played by a butched-up Claire Danes.” Many more observations and tales in the post and the comments.

The United States Intellectual History Blog
Raymond J. Haberski Jr. offers coverage of the panel titled “Christian Origins of the American Century.”

The Way of Improvement Leads Home

Over 5, 000 tweets were indexed under the three main hashtags #AHA2013, #AHA13, and #THATCAMPAHA. In addition to tweeting, we saw surge in Storify reports being published, many of which are published below. You can read our own Storify boards, here and here.

Sharon Howard has put together archives of tweets using the hashtags #AHA2013 and #AHA13, and #THATCAMPAHA. As of this morning, Howard has captured 5, 074 tweets.

John Fea live tweeted from several events, including the Awards Ceremony, the Presidential address, and the Public Practice of History plenary session.

AHA Coverage
Coverage from the 127th annual meeting, prepared by members of the AHA Staff

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