Perspectives on History – November 2010

The online version of the November issue of Perspectives on History is now available to AHA members (sign in to member services to gain full access). Nonmembers can preview a portion of each article during the first month of the issue’s release.  After one month, the content will be freely available to all. Nonmembers can now access the October issue of Perspectives on History.

Annual Meeting
Much of the content in this month’s issue addresses the AHA’s upcoming annual meetings. AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman begins, in his article “Communities, Networks, and the Building of a Conference Program,”  by explaining how the “AHA program is developed through a complicated weaving together of proposals from members, sessions created by our many affiliated societies, ‘presidential’ sessions, panels initiated by our divisions and committees, and sessions devised by the Program Committee itself.”  Speaking of which, be sure to check out the call for proposals for next year’s 126th annual meeting.

There are a number of articles focused on this year’s 125th Annual Meeting in Boston.  Check out:

News
Also find news on the AHA’s recent collaboration with the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) to survey the contingent workforce.  Plus, Lee White from the National Coalition for History contributes both an article on “Grading the Obama Administration on Access and Secrecy,” as well as his “News Briefs” from Washington.

History Profession
Read on for a number of articles on the history profession and teaching history.  Michael Grossberg details historians’ roles as experts for court cases. Robert B. Townsend looks into the question “How Is New Media Reshaping the Work of Historians?David Harlan continues the “Art of History” series by looking into how historians read. Then, learn about the challenges of teaching U.S. History in China (Russell Duncan), using intergenerational interviews and drama to teach (Jane McDowell and Monica Gorman), and looking into the future for  the History of Medicine specialization (Robert Peckham). Noralee Frankel also looks back on the 1970 Rose Report.

Members
Finally, catch up on the recent accomplishments of AHA members and remember some colleagues who have passed on: Robert V. Daniels , Martin Zachary Njeuma, and Peggy Pascoe.

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