Townhouse Notes: Empiricism Meets Its Match! (Or Does It?)

In May three historians calling themselves the Wild On Collective caused a minor stir with a manifesto titled “Theses on Theory and History.” Helpfully providing a please-make-me-viral hashtag (#theoryrevolt), they argued that historical scholarship was afflicted with an atavistic empiricism so damaging and corrupt that practitioners ought seriously to reconsider (or perhaps consider for the […]

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June 18, 2018

Class Warfare: Changes to the AP World History Course

By Matt Drwenski and Dave Eaton In late May, College Board decided to completely reshape its AP World History (APWH) course. Announced with little fanfare, the proposed revisions halve the historical content, eliminating everything prior to 1450 CE (formerly Periods 1-3) while leaving Periods 4-6 intact. These earlier periods are relegated to a pre-AP World […]

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Cultivating Mentoring Relationships in Grad School

By Sarah Mellors Mentoring relationships in graduate school—be it a master’s or a doctoral program—are critical for success and yet are often difficult to navigate. While we’ve all heard horror stories about “bad” advisers, students have more agency than they realize. During my five years as a doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, […]

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June 14, 2018

Grant of the Week: NCSA Article Prize

Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring the Article Prize from the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. 

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June 13, 2018

Digging through the Hillary Clinton Email Archive: Using Voyant Tools in the Classroom

By Max Kemman Politicians’ emails provide historians an exciting window into the fast-paced, formal and informal, and sometimes chaotic world of politics. The sheer number of emails, however, can prove challenging for historians, as archives routinely contain tens of thousands of messages with different recipients. Researchers need months or even years to study such a […]

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June 7, 2018