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By Susan Nance Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has just retired elephants from its traveling shows, two years ahead of a previously announced schedule. On the first of this month—May Day—six of the Ringling elephants went through the motions for one last show in Providence before being shipped back to the company’s housing facility in central Florida, the Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC). Liberated from a schedule of travel and tricks, they will live with several dozen other elephants owned by the circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment. The post The Privatization of Animal Life and the Future of Circus Elephants in America appeared first on American Historical Association.
On Being a Historian Today: The Importance of Digital Literacy Added June 01, 2016
This post marks the fifth in a series on what we’ve come to call the Career Diversity Five Skills—five things graduate students need to succeed as professors and in careers beyond the academy: Communication, in a variety of media and to a variety of audiences Collaboration, especially with people who might not share your worldview Quantitative literacy, a basic ability to understand and communicate information presented in quantitative form Intellectual self-confidence, the ability to work beyond subject matter expertise, to be nimble and imaginative in projects and plans Digital literacy, a basic familiarity with digital tools and platforms In today’s networked world, historians need to be strategic and organized about developing digital literacy. The post On Being a Historian Today: The Importance of Digital Literacy appeared first on American Historical Association.
Outer Space Exploration in Divided Germany Added June 07, 2016
By Colleen Anderson Outer space travel during the Cold War is most often associated with the Space Race, when the United States and the Soviet Union competed to achieve increasingly ambitious milestones in space travel. However, outer space exploration during these years stretched far beyond the borders of the US and USSR. Across the globe, people followed developments in space travel, from the launch of the first satellite Sputnik in 1957 to the Apollo moon landing in 1969. Scientists and engineers from places such as Europe, Japan, China, and India participated in space research and built the technology used on manned and unmanned space missions. The post Outer Space Exploration in Divided Germany appeared first on American Historical Association.
Grant of the Week: Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants Added June 09, 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 Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants from the Social Science Research Council. The Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program invites research proposals for its new “Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants”. Processes of negotiating agreement in Congress are under great stress, yet we know very little about the mechanics, challenges, and remedies for this problem. The post Grant of the Week: Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants appeared first on American Historical Association.
Grant of the Week: AHA Awards and Prizes Added May 08, 2015
The Association recognizes a wide variety of distinguished historical work, which can take the form of an exceptional book in the field, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, and even on film. Awards and prizes honor work on a multitude of geographical regions, covering many different time periods, and using a wide array of methodologies and approaches. Since 1896 the Association has conferred over a thousand awards. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalogue of the best work produced by the historical profession. The post Grant of the Week: AHA Awards and Prizes appeared first on American Historical Association.
Pilgrims’ Books and Charms at the Art Institute of Chicago Added May 11, 2015
In 1889, Chicago businessman Clarence Buckingham inherited a third of his father’s fortune. That, along with his successful career with the Corn Exchange National Bank, the Illinois Trust and Savings Company, and the Northwestern Elevated Railroad Company (for which he served as president), allowed him to continue the family tradition of collecting art.[i] Clarence chose to collect, among other pieces, devotional works made in Japan and Europe. After his death, Clarence’s sister Kate gave his collection to the Art Institute of Chicago, which still holds them today. The post Pilgrims’ Books and Charms at the Art Institute of Chicago appeared first on American Historical Association.
Entering the Job Market with a BA in History Added May 12, 2015
To help students adapt to the changing job market, the AHA has begun a new series on searching for jobs and developing careers with a BA in history. This first post in the series focuses on techniques for conducting your search. By Loren Collins In the last 10 days I met with three history majors in my office to develop strategies for building their careers. The first student wanted to work in the Los Angeles area in some form of museum, archive, or historical site. The second wanted to teach history but prior to entering a credential program wanted to experience the world by teaching English abroad. The post Entering the Job Market with a BA in History appeared first on American Historical Association.
AHA Member Spotlight: Alice Browne Added May 13, 2015
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. Alice Browne is a librarian at the New-York Historical Society. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has been a member since 1986. Alma maters: BA, Classics, Newnham College, Cambridge, 1969; MPhil, Combined Historical Studies, Warburg Institute, University of London, 1971; PhD, Combined Historical Studies, Warburg Institute, University of London, 1975 Fields of interest: history of ideas, women’s history When did you first develop an interest in history? The post AHA Member Spotlight: Alice Browne appeared first on American Historical Association.
Possibilities after the History PhD: The UCLA Professional Development Initiative Added May 14, 2015
By Muriel C. McClendon It is hardly necessary to note that these are challenging times for history PhD programs. Continued tightening in the academic job market combined with an overall shift in priorities across the landscape of higher education have left a palpable imprint on all graduate programs in the humanities. In response, the UCLA history department has increased the attention paid to professional development of graduate students and formalized a number of already-existing activities. In 2013–14, the department piloted a two-quarter professional development seminar, centralizing all of these undertakings. The post Possibilities after the History PhD: The UCLA Professional Development Initiative appeared first on American Historical Association.