Monthly Archives: December 2011

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.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History at the 126th Annual Meeting

2012 logoThe American Historical Association’s 2012 annual meeting will feature a diverse array of sessions on LGBTQ history, sponsored by the AHA Program Committee and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, an AHA affiliate.

Offerings include discussions of the challenges and opportunities of LGBTQ oral history and public history, a curator-led tour of the Chicago History Museum’s new exhibit on LGBTQ life in the city, and sessions discussing queer history in the context of sexuality, gender, medicine, urban history, race, and military history.

Be sure to attend the open forum sponsored by the AHA LGBTQ Historians Task Force on Friday evening. Task force members will discuss the preliminary results of their survey of LGBTQ historians and historians who study LGBTQ topics and solicit feedback on plans for the final report they will submit to the AHA Council in June 2012.

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What We’re Reading: December 22, 2011

This week we link to articles on history graduate school education, cuts from Congress for history programs, Lynn Hunt’s suggestions for 5 books on the French Revolution you should read, chef José Andrés’ appointment to the Board of Directors of the National Archives, and a new website on Virginians in the Civil War.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, and Robert B. Townsend