Monthly Archives: December 2011

Grant of the Week: Gilder Lehrman Institute Teacher Seminars for 2012

K–12 teachers, library educators, and National Park Service Interpreters are invited to apply for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2012 Teacher Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week interdisciplinary seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history and literature—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms.

These seminars are free for all public, private, and parochial school teachers. Independent school teachers are eligible for partial tuition fellowships.

Applicants can choose from 40 programs, including “9/11 and American Memory,” taught by David W. Blight at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City; “The Great Depression and World War II,” taught by David M. Kennedy at Stanford University; “Immigration and American Life,” taught by Vicki Ruiz and Ana Rosas at the University of California, Irvine; and “The Era of George Washington,” taught by Gordon S. Wood at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Participants receive a travel stipend and their room and board is completely covered. Graduate credit is available. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2012.

Supplement to the 126th Annual Meeting

Supplement to the 126th Annual MeetingLearn about what Chicago has to offer historians in the Supplement to the 126th Annual Meeting.

Articles examine Chicago preservation, protest history, museums and attractions, and cultural history (Slavic Chicago and Latino Chicago).

You’ll also find helpful information and advice, including the Top Ten Job Center Tips, corrections to the Program, and important annual meeting details and hours.

Finally, there’s no excuse to be hungry at the meeting after you read the three restaurant articles in the Supplement, including an overview of restaurants, cheap eats near the hotels, and historians’ favorite food spots.

What We’re Reading: December 29, 2011

In the news this week, articles on a firing and rehiring at ASU, Twitter in teaching and research, a look back at books not read, and an opportunity to interact with the National Archives holdings.

History Profession

  • ASUReverse Gear
    Philip Vandermeer’s dismissal and reinstatement as head of the Arizona State history department reflects larger tensions over the relative authority of professors and administrators, according to some history faculty members.



  • The Year in Not Reading
    Giles Harvey at The New Yorker laments how time flies and how few books he’s read this year, taking some time to look at ones he bought or started, including From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present and Open City.

Online Archives

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

Session Room Changes at the 126th Annual Meeting

Updated: December 30, 2011.

Please note that the locations of a number of sessions at the 126th annual meeting have changed. Below, find the sessions affected and their new locations:


For more information on these and other sessions, see the annual meeting Program online and in PDF format.

Session of the Week: Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop

experimental sessionSeven panelists will participate in a hands-on workshop on digital publishing, text mining, content management systems, Zotero, blogging and tweeting, teaching history, and digital storytelling at AHA session 36, Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop, at the 126th annual meeting.

This session is part of The Future Is Here series at the annual meeting, which includes nearly two dozen presentations, discussions, and demonstrations on digital methods for history.

Learn more about Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop below.

Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop
AHA Session 36
Date: Friday, January 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Chicago Ballroom IX (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)

Chair: Kelly Schrum, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Papers: Digital Publishing
Daniel J. Cohen, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Text Mining
Frederick W. Gibbs, George Mason University

Content Management Systems
Patrick Murray-John, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Sean Takats, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Teaching with Social Media
Jeffrey McClurken, University of Mary Washington

Teaching History
Jennifer Rosenfeld,

Digital Storytelling
Rwany Sibaja, George Mason University

Comment: The Audience

Also, check out other these other recently featured sessions:

Members, Send Us Your News

Member NewsAHA members are invited to submit news about themselves, including notices of recent hires, promotions, publications, fellowships or awards received, and other updates of a professional nature to Elisabeth Grant, web editor at the AHA.

We’d like to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members, and feature them in the Members column of upcoming issues of Perspectives on History (as space permits).

Read member news from the October and December 2011 issues of Perspectives on History to learn what your colleagues are up to.

All submissions will be edited for length, style, and content.

Chicago History on the 2012 Program of the AHA’s Annual Meeting

ChicagoChicago isn’t just the location of the AHA’s 126th annual meeting; it’s also the topic of numerous sessions. Attend these and connect even more with the windy city through Chicago archives, cultural institutions, and food.

Learn more about these Chicago-related sessions and tours below.

Sessions on Chicago History


Grant of the Week: Digital History Research Awards

George Mason University and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media have announced they are offering Digital History Research Awards for students entering the History and Art History doctoral program in fall 2012. Students receiving these awards will get five years of fully funded studies, as follows: $20,000 research stipends in years 1 and 2; research assistantships at RRCHNM in years 3, 4, and 5. Awards include full-time tuition waivers and student health insurance. For more information, contact Professor Cynthia A. Kierner (director of the PhD Program) at or Professor Dan Cohen (director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media) at The deadline for applications is January 15, 2012.