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Chicago 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
- Chicago ‘68: Rethinking Local Black Activism and the Battle for Urban America
AHA Session 63
Friday, January 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sheraton Ballroom IV (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
This panel challenges Chicago’s fleeting place in the history of United States politics and culture during the 1960s.
- The Other Hull House Women:
Female Community Building and Feminist Networking in Twentieth-Century America
Coordinating Council for Women in History Session 7
Friday, January 6 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Grace Room (Chicago Marriott Downtown)
- Multi-racial, Multi-ethnic Chicago: Social Relations in the Twentieth-Century City
AHA Session 75
Friday, January 6 | 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Michigan Room B (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
Made up of junior and senior scholars that focus on African American, Latino, and Irish Chicago, this panel highlights new cutting-edge work on the racial and ethnic history of Chicago.
- Chicago, the Capital of Polish America
Polish American Historical Association 7
Saturday, January 7 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Arkansas Room (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
- Catholicism in the City of the Big Shoulders
American Catholic Historical Association Session 22
Saturday, January 7 | 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Purdue Room (Chicago Marriott Downtown)
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 email@example.com or Professor Dan Cohen (director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2012.
The 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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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.
- History and the Politics of Scholarly Collaboration, Part I: Or, Why Anthony Grafton Is a Rock Star
Claire Potter, Tenured Radical on the Chronicle’s blog network, dissects AHA President Anthony Grafton and AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman’s recent Perspectives on History articles on history graduate education and the job market, and finds common ground.
- House and Senate Pass Fiscal Year ’12 Funding Bill
At the beginning of this week, Lee White, executive director of the National Coalition for History, reported on the spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2012. He noted, “the Teaching American History Grants program at the U.S. Department of Education has been terminated, while the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) was saved from virtual elimination.”
- Lynn Hunt on the French Revolution
Former AHA President Lynn Hunt discusses why the French Revolution is “ultimately mystifying,” and suggests five books to understand it better. Read more five books interviews online.
- Chef José Andrés Joins Board of Directors of the National Archives
José Andrés, chef/owner of Washington D.C. restaurants Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, and others, has joined the National Archives’ Board of Directors. Andrés has been very involved with the recent National Archives exhibition and event series What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? Zina Kramer, founder and president of Events Marketing, has also joined the board.
- Virginians in the Civil War
The Virginia Tourism Corporation’s new website, Walk in Their Footsteps, is an interactive and artfully designed site that links individual’s stories with Civil War sites in Virginia.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, and Robert B. Townsend