Friday Overview – 125th Annual Meeting

Custom House, BostonToday’s culminating event is the General Meeting, which includes the presentation of this year’s awards, prizes, and honors and Barbara D. Metcalf’s presidential address. The winner of this year’s John O’Connor Film Prize is The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, it will be screened this morning at 9:30 a.m. in room 210 of the Hynes Convention Center. Read on for a round up of other sessions, open forums, films, and events taking place today at the 125th Annual Meeting.

Locations and Times

  • Registration, Cafeteria Room of the Hynes Convention Center, open 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Job Center, Ballroom A of the Hynes Convention Center, open from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hall, Hall A of the Hynes Convention Center, open from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Local Arrangements & Press Office, Room 107 of the Hynes Convention Center, open from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Sessions
Here are just a few of the sessions taking place today. See a list of all of today’s sessions in the online Program.

Open Forums

  • Meet the Editors and Staff of the American Historical Review
    1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    Room 109 (Hynes Convention Center)
    What do you want from the flagship journal of the American Historical Association? The editors and staff of the AHR invite members to attend an informal, open session to express their views and to receive advice on submitting articles to the journal.
  • Open Forum on Disability and Tribute to the Life and Work of Paul Longmore
    4:45 PM-6:00 PM
    Room 209 (Hynes Convention Center)
    Members of the AHA’s Professional Division and the Task Force on Disability are gathering information for an upcoming report. We invite historians with disabilities, department chairs, directors of graduate studies, members of search committees, graduate students, and anyone interested in fair and open access to the profession to discuss professional issues relating to disability. The open forum will be followed by a tribute to the life and work of Paul Longmore, San Francisco State University.
  • Graduate and Early Career Committee Open Forum
    5:30 PM-6:30 PM
    Harvard Room (Marriott Boston Copley Place)
    The AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee invites graduate students and early-career professionals to a forum, chaired by Aaron W. Marrs (Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State) to discuss issues of common interest.

Film Festival

  • Winner of the John O’Connor Film Prize
    9:30 AM-11:30 AM
    Room 210 (Hynes Convention Center)

    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, produced and directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, is the winner of the AHA’s John O’Connor Film award.
  • God Is a Negro from This Far by Faith, African American Spiritual Journeys
    12:00 PM-2:00 PM
    Room 210 (Hynes Convention Center)

    June Cross, produced and directed (Blackside Inc. and The Faith Project, Inc., 2003) this film, which tells the story of Henry McNeil, founder of the Southern AME church.  Cross will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.
  • Freedom Riders
    4:30 PM-6:30 PM
    Room 210 (Hynes Convention Center)

    Stanley Nelson is the producer, writer, and director (A Stanley Nelson Film, A Firelight Media Production for American Experience, 2010) of Freedom Riders, an American Experience film, which tells the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. The screening will follow a discussion of the film during session 95, “The Freedom Rides in History and Film: A 50-Year Retrospective.” Ray Arsenault (University of South Florida), the author of the book that provides the historical foundation for the documentary, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.

Receptions
There are a number of receptions going on this evening, organized by affiliated associations, find them all here in the online program.

  • Reception for Two-Year Faculty
    The AHA cordially invites faculty teaching at two-year and community colleges to attend a reception in the Marriott’s Regis Room from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Reception for Graduate Students
    The AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee invites graduate students attending the 2011 annual meeting to a reception in the Marriott’s Suffolk Room from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

General Meeting  
The General Meeting will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Hynes Convention Center. AHA President Barbara D. Metcalf will deliver her presidential address,” Islam and Power in Colonial India: The Making and Unmaking of a Muslim Prince(ss).” There will also be the presentation of awards, prizes, and honors to this year’s recipients, with Anthony Grafton presiding.

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