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  • Grant of the Week: Black Metropolis Research Consortium Summer Fellowship Program Added November 16, 2016

    Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring a short-term summer fellowship with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). About the Fellowship Through an international competition, the BMRC offers 1-month residential fellowships in the city of Chicago for its Summer Short-term Fellowship Program. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2009, the Summer Short-term Fellowship Program has engaged scholars, artists, writers, and public historians from the United States and Europe to better formulate new historical narratives of Chicago’s past. The post Grant of the Week: Black Metropolis Research Consortium Summer Fellowship Program appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Humanizing Data: Making Sense of Research on Tuberculosis Added November 14, 2016

    By Courtney Howell, Victoria Irvine, Luis Villavicencio, Ian Criman Introduction Over the course of the summer, our team of eight undergraduate researchers collected data and engaged in historical research on tuberculosis, or consumption as it was known historically, in the United States. In the first post on our research, “Who Died of Consumption?” we discussed our research process and delved into the connections between race, newspaper reporting, and experiences with the disease as exemplified by tuberculosis victim and famous African American poet Paul Dunbar. The post Humanizing Data: Making Sense of Research on Tuberculosis appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Grant of the Week: 2016-17 ACLS Digital Extension Grants Added November 23, 2016

    Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring the ACLS Digital Extension Grant competition. The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to invite applications for the 2016-17 ACLS Digital Extension Grant competition, which is made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital research projects and extending their reach to new communities of users. The post Grant of the Week: 2016-17 ACLS Digital Extension Grants appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • AHA Member Spotlight: Amy Forss Added November 22, 2016

    Amy Forss is the chair of the history program at Metropolitan Community College. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and has been a member since 2006. Alma maters: BGS, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1994; MA, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2000; BS, Peru State College, 2002; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010 Fields of interest: African American history, women’s history, oral history Describe your career path. What led you to where you are today? I fell in love with history while munching on buttered popcorn and watching the movie musical 1776. The post AHA Member Spotlight: Amy Forss appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • AHA Member Spotlight: Charles Hubbard Added November 30, 2016

    Charles Hubbard is a social science research assistant affiliated with Portland State University’s Department of Economics. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon, and has been a member since 2013. Social media profile page: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/charles_hubbard Alma mater: BA, Portland State University, 2016 Fields of interest: institutional economics, institutional change, political subdivisions, political economy, France, Prussia, and the United States of America Describe your career path. What led you to where you are today? I graduated from Portland State into the role of social science research assistant to assemble materials for a project with its Department of Economics. The post AHA Member Spotlight: Charles Hubbard appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • History, Economics, and Food: A Case for Interdisciplinary Education Added November 21, 2016

    By Rachel Snyder Applying for college is stressful enough without having to pick a major. That is why after writing a personal statement, answering philosophical questions in less than 500 words, and providing character references, I wasn’t ready to click a box declaring my plan of study for the next four plus years. The decision seemed binding and final—I clicked “undecided.” The Virginia Tech campus is centered around Burruss Hall and the Drillfield. The agricultural economics and the history classes were on opposite sides of the Drillfield. The post History, Economics, and Food: A Case for Interdisciplinary Education appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Historians of the Future: An Undergraduate at the Annual Meeting Added December 01, 2016

    By James Rick While attending a panel on “the Culture Wars” in American history at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta, I was struck by something a fellow attendee said. As someone interested in cultural history, his comment, which concerned the influence of anthropological conceptions of culture on the way historians understand and employ the concept, felt important and worth wrestling with to me. I am now a graduate student, and this question, along with others that I encountered at the annual meeting, has stuck with me and often come up in the courses I am now taking. The post Historians of the Future: An Undergraduate at the Annual Meeting appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Letter of Support for National Monument to Reconstruction Added November 17, 2016

    The AHA Council approved a letter to US Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, requesting a timely recommendation to the White House regarding a National Monument in Beaufort, South Carolina, in recognition of Reconstruction. The proposed monument would be the first in the National Park Service to expressly represent the history of emancipation and Reconstruction. The significant historical events that transpired at Beaufort make it an ideal place to tell this critical story of experimentation, potential transformation, accomplishment, and disappointment. The story of Reconstruction after the Civil War is especially salient in an era when voting rights, the structure of citizenship, and the language of white supremacy, have reappeared as major aspects of public discourse. The post Letter of Support for National Monument to Reconstruction appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • AHA Statement in Aftermath of 2016 Election Added November 18, 2016

    An unusually bitter and divisive election has been followed by continuing evidence of polarization to the point of harassment seldom seen in recent American history. Historians can say with confidence that this is not our nation’s finest hour. Language previously relegated to the margins has moved out of the shadows, emboldening elements of American society less interested in a more perfect union than in division and derision.Historians should, as part of our work, explore the multiple factors that have shaped this new terrain. The post AHA Statement in Aftermath of 2016 Election appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Grant of the Week: AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize Added December 02, 2016

    Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize. Given for the first time in 1997, the prize is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention. Eligible works shall include both quantitative and qualitative historical dissertations, written in English, which have been completed between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. The post Grant of the Week: AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize appeared first on American Historical Association.