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  • In Memoriam

    Former AHA Council Member Allan George Bogue, 1921-2016 August 8, 2016 -  Prof. Allan George Bogue, who served as a member of the AHA's council from 1976-79 and served on the Board of Editors for the American Historical Review from 1986-89, died on August 1, 2016. His historical research ranged from American Civil War Congresses to farming in the American midwest in the 19th century. Read more from Madison.com. AHA Honorary Foreign Member Halil Inalcik, 1916-2016 August 3, 2016 -  Prof. Halil Inalcik, who was awarded an Honorary Foreign Membership in the AHA in 1996 for his work on the history of the Ottoman Empire, died on July 25, 2016. Read more about his work and its impact from UChicago News. From Perspectives In Memoriam The following historians appeared in the In Memoriam column of Perspectives on History. Each name is a link that will take you to that person's obituary.

  • September 2015 Perspectives on History.pdf

  • History, After the Election: Announcing the December Issue of Perspectives Added December 06, 2016

    On the cover of the December issue of Perspectives is a 1948 political cartoon about that year’s presidential election. Far less iconic than the photo of the victorious candidate holding aloft a newspaper headlining his loss—“DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN”—Clifford Berryman’s depiction of a gloating Thomas Dewey and an aghast Harry Truman was published about two weeks before the election. “Poll: All Over but the Shouting,” reads one of the notices Truman confronts. The cartoon foreshadows the data obsession and the complacency of many pundits of 2016. The post History, After the Election: Announcing the December Issue of Perspectives appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Owning Our Graduate Education: Preparing for Career Diversity Added November 28, 2016

    By Jessica Derleth and Tiffany Baugh-Helton Jessica and Tiffany While attending the AHA’s 2016 annual meeting, Jessica and I—PhD candidates in history at Binghamton University in New York—had a revelation of sorts at the Graduate and Early Career Committee’s open forum on Career Diversity. Like many other history graduate students, we had accepted the “Plan A” culture that exists in so many institutions: “Plan A” is a tenure-track job in academia; “Plan B” is whatever we can do to avoid becoming baristas with PhDs. The post Owning Our Graduate Education: Preparing for Career Diversity appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Queer History for Troubling Times Added December 08, 2016

    By Nicholas L. Syrett In the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, many queer people are fearful about losing the gains made in recent years in LGBT civil rights. Following the xenophobic and racist rhetoric emerging from his campaign, queer people of color, some of whom are undocumented or Muslim, are scared for what the future brings. At times like this, the work of queer historians is important in ensuring that the queer past is not erased altogether. The post Queer History for Troubling Times appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Uncovering Activism and Engaging Students: The Colored Conventions Project Added December 12, 2016

    For the past 10 years digital archives and crowdsourcing have been popular forms of digital history, as scholars have harnessed the power of both massive servers and a willing public to digitize and transcribe diverse types of historical material ranging from menus to weather reports. Few have excited me as much as Colored Conventions. A work of impressive scholarship, important activism, and valuable pedagogy, the Colored Conventions Project (CCP) hits for the cycle. The primary goal of the CCP is to recover an understudied aspect of the 19th-century reform movement, black conventions. The post Uncovering Activism and Engaging Students: The Colored Conventions Project appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • AHA Emphasizes Continued Commitment to Dual Enrollment Best Practices Added December 13, 2016

    With the dramatic increases in dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment programs, the American Historical Association reiterates its commitment to both broadening access to higher education and monitoring the quality of that education in our discipline. The AHA seeks to provide constructive support for all historians involved in and affected by this work. The Association’s Statement on Dual/Concurrent Enrollment offers high school and college faculty, along with their administrators, guidelines to assure baseline quality history education for all students, regardless of where they attend class. The post AHA Emphasizes Continued Commitment to Dual Enrollment Best Practices appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Scholarship at the Speed of Light: Diving into Lightning Rounds at AHA17 Added December 21, 2016

    Historians are used to delivering their research in the form of thoroughly expounded articles, papers, or books. The 20-minute talk had long been the standard conference format. In recent years, however, enthusiasm for a much more abbreviated form—the lighting round—has grown. In this format, presenters take the stage for 1, 3, perhaps 5 minutes each, to summarize their research or projects. Akin to the elevator pitch, this presentation format challenges scholars to delineate the highlights of their work and explain its importance in a very brief span of time. The post Scholarship at the Speed of Light: Diving into Lightning Rounds at AHA17 appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Books, and More! A Preview of the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall Added December 15, 2016

    The AHA’s annual meeting is known for showcasing the diversity of the historical profession. And one of the best places to see this diversity on display is at the Exhibit Hall, where attendees can see both where the discipline has come and where it is going. New titles hot off the press sit next to reprinted editions of your old favorites. And digital database demonstrations can give you new ideas for your future research and teaching. Much of the 2017 annual meeting will take place at the Colorado Convention Center. The post Books, and More! A Preview of the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Mellon Foundation Grant Expands Impact and Scope of Career Diversity for Historians Added December 19, 2016

    The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue and expand its work on Career Diversity for Historians. Launched in 2014 after several years of preliminary work, Career Diversity for Historians supports an exploration of the culture and practice of doctoral education in history. Pilot programs at Columbia University; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Chicago; and the University of New Mexico have devised new courses and programming, including doctoral internships, revised professionalization seminars, new community spaces, and innovative grants. The post Mellon Foundation Grant Expands Impact and Scope of Career Diversity for Historians appeared first on American Historical Association.