December 23, 2008
By Elisabeth Grant
Whether you’re a presenter, on the job hunt, or just trying to figure out what to do in New York, the Supplement to the 123rd Annual Meeting has you covered.
Read up on last minute travel and housing info from Sharon Tune, though to find the most up-to-date information visit the annual meeting homepage or the Registration Resource Center. Then find locations of events, luncheon schedules, information on internet access, and more in “Important Details about the 123rd Annual Meeting.” Also see some corrections to the annual meeting Program.
Sessions and Events
To get an idea of the variety of topics covered at this year’s annual meeting, see Felice Lifshitz’s list of “Highlighted Program Themes.” She points to anniversary sessions like The Cuban Revolution Fifty Years Later: A Roundtable Discussion, sessions that focus on women historians, like Forty Years in the Academy: The Coordinating Council for Women in History, Women Historians, and Women’s History, and even notes a number of sessions on the history of food.
Meanwhile, public historians, or just those with an interest in public history, should see these public history highlights put together by Debbie Ann Doyle. She mentions the open forum on public history, a number of tours, a reception, and nearly a half dozen sessions.
And no matter what type of session you’re presenting at, make sure your presentation is accessible to those with disabilities.
Touring New York
You have to admit, part of the fun of the annual meeting is exploring the city it’s being hosted in. And what a city New York is. You can entertain the kids, ride the subway, or “walk in the footsteps of America’s queer past.” There are churches and sites of hallowed ground. You can visit public spaces and the “center of the global economy.” But make sure you don’t act like a tourist.
There are specific sites to check out, like Union Square, Ground Zero, and Riverside Park. And the different areas of New York, all with personalities distinctly their own, should be explored as well; walk through Hell’s Kitchen or Washington Heights, ride down to East Harlem, explore Queens or the Grand Concourse, visit Brooklyn, and don’t forget Staten Island.
All that touring around the city is going to work up an appetite, but don’t worry, a number of articles in the Supplement direct you just where to go. Seen an extensive selection from a New York local, Marci Reaven. Learn the history of Chinese restaurants, and find locations of a few, in an article from Cynthia Lee. Or if you’re feeling the pinch after the holidays (or just due to the economy) find your way to some cheap eats.
Get a Job
If this is your first time interviewing at the annual meeting read up on some frequently asked questions about the Job Center. And interviewers and interviewees alike should familiarize themselves with the AHA Guidelines for the Hiring Process.
If you’re coming to the annual meeting, this Supplement has got you covered. Hope to see you in New York!