January 04, 2008
Today at the Annual Meeting, attend sessions, view film festival films, and get your fill at one of the many luncheons or receptions. Also, make sure to stop by the General Meeting, where AHA president Barbara Weinstein will deliver her presidential address and the many AHA awards will be presented.
- International Scholars and National Borders:
A Conversation about Visas and Academic Freedom
4:45 p.m., Marriott, Wilson Suite A
Representatives of several humanities and social science associations will discuss current difficulties with visas and academic freedom, a topic currently on the minds of many historians and academics.
- “The People’s House”: Roundtable on Robert V. Remini’s The House: The History of the House of Representatives (Session 45)
9:30-11:30 a.m., Omni, Palladium Ballroom
Participants in this session include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, Congressman John Larson, Robert V. Remini (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago), Norman Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute), and Richard A. Baker, U.S. Senate Historical Office.
- The United States in Asia, the United States in Iraq: Historical Lessons Not Learned (Session 78)
2:30-4:30 p.m., Marriott, Virginia Suite A
Featuring the following scholars: Mark P. Bradley (Univ. of Chicago), Juan R. I. Cole (Univ. of Michigan), Bruce Cumings (Univ. of Chicago), Zachary Lockman (New York Univ.), Marilyn Young (New York Univ.).
- The Global AIDS Pandemic: Eyewitness to History (Session 82)
2:30-4:30 p.m., Omni Empire Ballroom
Hear from Peter Piot, UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations; Anthony S. Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH; and Victoria Harden, American University.
Two films will be showcased for the film festival today, they are:
- The Vagina Monologues: Stories from China
11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., Omni, Executive Room
The film tells the story of the adaptation of the play The Vagina Monologues by a group of scholars and students in China, and the controversy it generates.
- Memorias do Cativeriro (Memories of Captivity)
4:30-6:00 p.m., Omni, Executive Room
The film was produced by the Memories of Slavery project of the Oral History and Image Laboratory of the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil.
- Reception for Two-Year Faculty – Marriott, Delaware Suite A, 5:30 p.m.
- Reception for Graduate Students – Marriott, Delaware Suite B at 6:30 p.m.
The American Historical Association’s General Meeting will take place tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the Marriott, Ballroom 2. AHA President Barbara Weinstein will deliver her presidential address: “Developing Inequality.” Recipients of AHA prizes will also be presented their awards.