It’s a new year, and Perspectives has a new name: Perspectives on History. Therefore, perhaps the first article you want to read in the online version of the January issue is the explanation for the name change. What you’ll notice hasn’t changed is the variety of articles available in the magazine. First off, Gabrielle M. Spiegel, the AHA’s new president, makes “The Case for History and the Humanities,” in her first contribution to the “From the President” column. Then see Robert Townsend’s article, “Number of History PhDs Rising Again, but Job Openings Keep Pace,” which has caused quite a stir in the blogosphere (see the first half of the January 17th “What We’re Reading” for more on that).
Keep up with what both the AHA and the National Coalition for History have been up to and have planned for the future, with the NCH’s “The Year in Review,” two reports from the AHA’s Nominating Committees (2007 and 2008), and information on the 123rd Annual Meeting (including the call for proposals and a list of session types).
Also noteworthy are two movie related articles: “Masters at the Movies—Take 2” and “The Pawnbroker: Holocaust, Memory, and Film.” Or if the Internet is your media of choice, see Russell Olwell’s “Taking History Personally: How Blogs Connect Students Outside the Classroom.”
If you’re interested in different viewpoints see Tim Lacy’s “A Million Little Historical Societies: A Proposal for Change,” or read Sueann Caulfield’s conversation with João José Reis.