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  • Grant of the Week: World War I and America Initiative Added June 30, 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 funding opportunity from the Library of America for programming to explore World War I and America.Beginning Fall 2016, stipends of $1200–$1800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums and historical societies, and nonprofit community organizations for public programming exploring the First World War and its resonances today. The post Grant of the Week: World War I and America Initiative appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • AHA Member Spotlight: Rick L. Woten Added June 30, 2016

    AHA members are involved in all fields of history, with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and areas of employment. To recognize our talented and eclectic membership, AHA Today features a regular AHA Member Spotlight series. Rick L. Woten is a non-tenure track assistant professor at Simpson College. He lives in Iowa and has been a member since 2009. Twitter handle: @rickwoten Alma maters: BS (double major: urban forestry & history), Iowa State University, 2003; MA (history), Iowa State University, 2005; PhD (history), Iowa State University, 2009 Fields of interest: 19th century United States, legal, environmental, agricultural and rural, Midwestern, transportation, historiography, historical preservation. The post AHA Member Spotlight: Rick L. Woten appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Change over Time Written in the Historic Architecture of Barbados Added June 29, 2016

    Typical historical research is not sweaty business. In fact, as I began this, I was shivering in the reading room of the Barbados National Archives—an airy, light-filled space inside a 19th-century leper hospital with gorgeous pine floors stained the color of Barbadian mahogany. In contrast to days spent in the archives, fieldwork can come with heat, humidity, and lots of dirt depending on the site. Visiting a manicured historical site that has to conform to visitor expectations about accessibility, for example, is generally less hot, humid, or dirty, whereas pulling off the road to climb around a derelict building can evoke one’s inner Indiana Jones. The post Change over Time Written in the Historic Architecture of Barbados appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Teaching the End of Empire: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Decolonization Added June 28, 2016

    By Jessica Pearson-Patel In the summer of 2013, I had the incredible fortune to participate in the National History Center’s 8th International Seminar on Decolonization in Washington, DC. I had just received my PhD in history and French studies at New York University and was about to start a postdoc at Tulane University. Although much of the seminar focused on helping participants advance their own research projects on the history of decolonization, I found that some of the most engaging conversations I had with both the seminar faculty and with my fellow participants centered on teaching. The post Teaching the End of Empire: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Decolonization appeared first on American Historical Association.

  • Career Fair

    Stay tuned for more information on the Career Fair later this year!-- The AHA will hold its fourth annual Career Fair in 2017. The Career Fair introduces job candidates and students to advisers from various career paths. Advisers will provide informational interviews and guidance in the transition from history studies to a career. Last year, advisers came from business, academic administration, universities, independent schools, community colleges, historical societies, government, and publishing. Perspectives featured a report from the 2016 fair. Talk to a Career Fair adviser to learn: What careers are available to historians? What additional training might be needed? How do you find a job? Which skills of historians are in demand? How can history departments support broad career paths?  All annual meeting attendees are welcome! E-mail Emily Swafford, AHA manager of academic affairs, with any questions. New This Year! Breakout Sessions with Jennifer Polk of From PhD to Life 1:45 - 2:00 p.m. How to Get the Most out of the Career Fair 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Networking: What It Is and How You Do It 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Where to Go from Here Ask an Assistant Professor: What Is It Really Like? This booth will host a rotating cadre of assistant professors from a range of institutions, volunteering an hour of their time to speak to graduate students about what it’s really like to be an assistant professor. Sign Up as an Attendee or Volunteer to Be an Adviser Form for Attendees Sign up to attend the Career Fair and break-out sessions with Jen. RSVP requested, but not required. Feel free to drop in! -- Form for Advisers Advisers are needed! Please fill out the form below to volunteer. (There is no charge for advisers to attend the Career Fair, and you can stay for the whole three hours or just a portion.) -->

  • Member Action

    The AHA encourages its members to participate in civic culture, as historians. "Member Action" compiles links to op-eds and other articles historians write to weigh in on conversations in the media, in their communities, and anywhere else that would benefit from the particular insights that historians bring to public affairs.

  • Oxford University Press to Distribute AHA Publications Added June 28, 2016

    The AHA is pleased to announce that as of June 2016, Oxford University Press (OUP) has taken over distribution of AHA books and pamphlets. Many titles from AHA’s backlist and all forthcoming publications will be available on the OUP Academic website. AHA members will continue to receive a discount on all of our titles and can access discounted titles through the AHA’s member portal. Just a few of the AHA’s many publications. Since the 1950s, the AHA has maintained a diverse publishing program of books and pamphlets to serve the needs of history students, educators, and professionals. The post Oxford University Press to Distribute AHA Publications appeared first on American Historical Association.

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    The American Historical Association (AHA) is the largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking. Only the AHA brings together historians from all specializations and professions, embracing their breadth, variety, and ever-changing activity. Being a member of the American Historical Association gives you access not only to our expanded menu of individual benefits including invaluable publications, resources, and discounts, but also to a diverse and vibrant network of more than 14,000 historians. Your membership supports the Association's crucial advocacy work on behalf of the discipline and helps us to provide leadership on current issues such as academic freedom, access to archives, and the centrality of history to public culture. Executive Director Jim Grossman on the AHA's Mission