Perspectives on History – November 2011

The online version of the November 2011 issue of Perspectives on History is now available. Some articles are gated, and are accessible to AHA members after logging in to member services.

From the President & Executive Director
Following the large response to “No More Plan B,” the article by AHA President Anthony Grafton and AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman in last month’s issue, they present “Plan C” this month, offering examples of how the AHA and history departments can educate “early career historians of the extensive possibilities open to them” outside of academia.

The 126th Annual Meeting
This month’s issue also has a strong focus on the upcoming 126th annual meeting in Chicago. Explore “Sponsored Sessions and Other Highlights of the 126th Annual Meeting” and note some reminders for when you’re planning your trip. Interested in booking a suite? While suites have sold out at four of our participating hotels, a new block has been added at the Residence Inn, and comes with a number of amenities.

Read the Abstract of the 2012 Presidential Address and AHA President Anthony Grafton’s intro to the numerous presidential sessions at the meeting. We’re also pleased to announce the recipients of the various awards, prizes, and honors that will be presented at the General Meeting. And Chris Hale provides a trailer for this year’s film festival.

Prepare for all the history to be found in Chicago through articles on the Chicago Cultural Alliance, “a consortium of Chicago-area ethnic museums and cultural centers,” and on the archives in Chicago.

Though the 2012 annual meeting is still two months away, now’s the time to submit proposals for the 2013 annual meeting, which has the theme, “Lives, Places, Stories.”

Insights
The National History Center considers the varied scholarship produced in its past six Decolonization seminars in the article, “The Seminars on Decolonization: A Brief Look Back.”

Lee White, executive director at the National Coalition for History, expresses his frustrations with advocating for history to Congress in, “The Do Nothings of Capitol Hill and the Know Nothings of the Nation: A Perfect Match?

And Robert Townsend interviews William Rosenberg and Francis X. Blouin about “the growing divide between historians and archivists,” which is the subject of their new book, Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archive.

Courses
Angela N. H. Creager and John F. Haldon detail the questions and issues they considered when “Designing a Responsible Conduct of Research Course for Historians and Historians of Science.”

Annette C. Palmer and Lawrence A. Peskin explain what they teach in their “America and the World” course, in their article, “What in the World is ‘America and the World’?

Barbara Syrrakos’s article “Creating a Course on the History of Food and Farming: A Teacher’s Diary” relates her experiences teaching about farmers and agriculture.

More
In an effort to open up new opportunities for the American Historical Review and its readers, the AHA will shift publishing operations to Oxford University Press next summer. Learn more in “OUP to Publish AHR.”

And finally, this month’s In Memoriam column features the following historians: Joel Colton, Charles F. Delzell, Vincent P. De Santis, Ralph E. Giesey, Richard Davis Goff, James M. Powell, and David C. Smith.

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