The February issue of Perspectives on History recaps the AHA’s annual meeting and continues discussions started there and in previous issues. James Grossman and Seth Denbo write about the thinking behind a major AHA initiative—the Committee on Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship—that proposes to make “something out of bupkis” by expanding the definition of what counts in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions; AHA President Jan Goldstein reflects on the film Hanna Arendt and the difficulties of working out complex arguments in the public’s glare; and James Banner responds to Thomas Bender’s article in the January Perspectives on the preparation of historians for the 21st century.
One of the best-attended panels at the annual meeting was “How Should Historians Respond to MOOCs?” chaired by Elaine Carey, the AHA’s vice president, Teaching Division. The February Perspectives has edited versions of the papers and comments presented at this panel by Philip Zelikow, Jeremy Adelman, Ann Little, and Jonathan Rees; Carey frames the discussion and reflects on the panel in her introduction.
Our annual meeting coverage includes a report on “All Things Digital,” “The Global Reach of #AHA2014,” sessions on historians and museums that were held in DC museums, the new Career Fair, the poster session, and the meetings of several of AHA’s committees.
With this issue, we are no longer gating select articles for members-only access. The entire issue, and future issues, will be available to all from the date of online publication. Watch this blog for more announcements about this change.