Monthly Archives: February 2012

Grant of the Week: AHR Prize for the Best Digital Article

The American Historical Review invites submissions of online works of digital historical scholarship to be considered for the newly established AHR Prize in Digital Historical Scholarship. The winning submission will be published online by Oxford University Press in April 2014 as a fully peer-reviewed, fully citable work of original scholarship and as an integral part of the AHR. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2013. Learn more in this announcement and call for submissions from the February 2012 issue of Perspectives on History.

What We’re Reading: February 9, 2012

We begin this week with the news that Wendell E. Berry will deliver the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Then, find articles on IRBs, AHA President-elect Kenneth Pomeranz, the National Archives exhibition of the Magna Carta, and restored Edison recordings. Finally, find teaching resources to prepare for Presidents’ Day and learn more about the history of Washington, D.C.

News & Insights

  • Wendell E. Berry, 41st Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities Wendell E. Berry named 41st Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities
    Wendell E. Berry, a distinguished poet and environmental writer, will deliver the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Kennedy Center in D.C. His talk is entitled, “It All Turns on Affection,” and he will “discuss man’s interaction with nature, as depicted in history, philosophy, and literature.” Last year Drew Gilpin Faust delivered the lecture, and the year before Jonathan Spence had the honor. See a complete list of past lecturers here.
  • Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research
    Inside Higher Ed interviews Laura Stark, assistant professor at Wesleyan University, who attended institutional review board meetings around the country and put together the book, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research.
  • Past master
    The University of California, Irvine profiles Kenneth Pomeranz, the AHA’s new president-elect.



Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Matthew Keough, Robert B. Townsend.

History Hashtags

history on TwitterIt’s easy to get lost in the millions of messages users send through Twitter each day. Luckily, hashtags (a combination of the pound sign and text used in a tweet) are one way to sort through the din and find the topics you’re interested in reading about. Simply type the hashtag name in Twitter’s search field and you’ll get a list of all tweets that include it.

Hashtags are a great way to connect during a scholarly conference. For example, attendees of the AHA’s recent 126th annual meeting shared thoughts on sessions, offered links to resources, and connected with each other through the general #AHA2012 hashtag, as well as more specific hashtags like #session138 (for a crowdsourcing session). Learn more in our article “Tweeting the 126th Annual Meeting.”

As we noted in our previous post, “Five Ways for Historians to Use Twitter,” historians who use Twitter have been named “twitterstorians” and use the #twitterstorians hashtag to connect with each other. Katrina Gulliver keeps a running list of Twitterstorians as well as Twitterstorian-related articles on her blog, Notes from the Field.

History Hashtags
Hashtags can be made of any pound sign and text combination, and new hashtags are popping up every day. But what are some of the history-specific hashtags being used out in the Twittersphere? AHA Deputy Director Robert B. Townsend sent out a tweet last week asking for some feedback from Twitter users, and we’ve rounded up their responses, and some of our own, below.

What hashtags do you use to follow history on Twitter?


#ChineseHistory: history of China
#ColdWar or #ColdWarHist: Cold War history
#cw150: Civil War sesquicentennial
#EnvHist: environmental history
#HistMed: history of medicine
#HistSci: history of science
#HistTech: history of technology
#JapaneseHistory or #JapanHistory: history of Japan
#LocalHistory: local history
#OralHistory: storytelling and oral history
#preservation: historic preservation
#PublicHistory: public history
#USIH: U.S. intellectual history

Digital History

#dh (though this hashtag brings up a lot of nonhistory-related content)


#altac or #alt-ac: alternative academic careers
#BadHistory: inaccurate or questionable history
#HistoryTeacher: resources for and topics on teaching history
#phdchat: graduate school issues


#twitterstorians: historians on Twitter

Annual Meeting

#AHA2011, #AHA2012, #AHA2013: the AHA’s annual meeting hashtags
#session138: crowdsourcing session at the 126th annual meeting
#THATcamp: not just limited to AHA annual meeting, but a popular hashtag during it

New Leadership at the National Humanities Alliance

National Humanities Alliance press releaseThe National Humanities Alliance (NHA), a coalition of associations (including the AHA) that advocates for the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs, announced last week that NHA Executive Director Jessica Jones Irons will be stepping down. Irons is leaving the NHA because her family is moving to New York.  Duane Webster, executive director emeritus of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will serve as interim director of the NHA. The organization is grateful the years of service rendered by Irons, as detailed in an excerpt from its press release:

Irons was appointed NHA Executive Director in 2005, and has served in a number of roles since first joining the Alliance staff in 1999. During her tenure, Irons has helped lead NHA through a significant expansion in the Alliance’s activities. “I am particularly proud to have contributed to the growth of NHA’s membership base, and its grassroots advocacy capacity over the years. It has been an honor to serve this community, and to work with the members and staff of the Alliance,” said Irons.

Led by Irons, the Alliance has worked to foster a unified voice in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other critical federal programs, coordinating closely with a broad range of Alliance members and stakeholders with diverse interests in the humanities. The Alliance plays a lead role in advocating for NEH funding, and its efforts in this area have been especially critical during the recent period of extreme pressures on the federal budget. Working together over the last year, Alliance members and other NEH supporters have been successful in helping to minimize cuts to NEH funding, fighting proposals in Congress to dramatically cut or eliminate funding for the agency, and enabling NEH to maintain its range of grant competitions for the 2011-2012 fiscal years.

Grant of the Week: American Historical Association/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship

AHA Folger FellowshipThe AHA and Folger Shakespeare Library have joined forces to offer a new short-term research fellowship on 17th- and 18th-century western European history. The fellow will be awarded a one-month fellowship to be taken at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Applicants must hold the PhD at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of the AHA (Not an AHA member? Join Now). Apply directly to the Folger by March 1, 2012, to be considered for this fellowship.

What We’re Reading: February 2, 2012

In the news this week, Humanities Advocacy Day is just a month away, an updated version of the report on the State of History Education has been released, and the Jane Addams Hull House Association prepares to close. We also link to C-SPAN’s American History TV, which recently featured a tour with National Museum of African American History & Culture director Lonnie Bunch, and which will air this weekend video of the Henry Luce session at the 126th annual meeting. Finally, check out an excellent collection of resources for Black History Month, held in February each year.


American History TV


Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Vernon Horn

Perspectives on History – February 2012

February 2012 Perspectives on HistoryThe February 2012 issue of Perspectives online is now available. Some articles are gated, but can be accessed by AHA members after logging in to AHA online services.

Digital History
What does the digital age mean for history? AHA President William Cronon begins the February 2012 issue with his article, “Scholarly Authority in a Wikified World,” in which he describes how his initial skepticism about Wikipedia has now been replaced by recognition of how comprehensive and useful the online encyclopedia has become. He then calls upon historians to do their part in improving Wikipedia by contributing their expertise.

AHA Executive Director James Grossman stays focused on the digital landscape in his article “The Beckoning Horizon.” He considers “new challenges for the AHA in the digital age,” and invites readers to send in their thoughts.

American Historical Review
Robert A. Schneider, editor of the American Historical Review, summarizes the content of the February 2012 issue of the AHR, which includes Anthony Grafton’s presidential address: "The Republic of Letters in the American Colonies: Francis Daniel Pastorius Makes a Notebook."

The AHR also announces its new Best Digital Article prize competition and provides instructions on how to apply.

The 126th Annual Meeting
Look back at the AHA’s 126th annual meeting, which featured a large number of digital history sessions this year, in a retrospective by AHA staff. Then, learn more about this year’s Film Festival, and how you can obtain copies of all the films. Finally, meet the winners of the 2011 AHA Awards and read full citations of their works.

Read on in the February issue for articles on using sports to teach history, maritime history today, the National History Center’s series of annual meeting sessions on historians and journalists, and preserving history programs in Congress. Finally, we take a moment to remember the late Richard Greenleaf, Paula E. Hyman, David Montgomery, and Melvin Shefftz.