Author Archives: AHA Staff

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Staff Picks from the 2017 AHA Annual Meeting Program

Here at the AHA townhouse in Capitol Hill, staff members are switching into high gear as we prep for the 2017 annual meeting in Denver. From working with the Program Committee to put together a diverse set of speakers and panels; coordinating with vendors to ensure that everyone’s favorite press has space in the book exhibit hall; managing the Job Center and Career Fair so job seekers can learn about the wide range of opportunities available to them both inside and outside academia; to blasting the social media airwaves with annual meeting happenings, AHA staff members are intimately involved in ensuring that all parts of the annual meeting machine run smoothly.

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Registration and Housing Now Open for the AHA17 Annual Meeting

You can now register and book your hotel at the AHA annual meeting at discounted rates. Don’t forget that AHA members can bring students to the annual meeting for an additional fee of only $10 for each K–12, undergraduate, and precandidacy graduate student. This exceptional offer provides your students with a fantastic opportunity to enhance their study of history. (If you have already registered and would like to change your registration to a faculty/student group rate, call (508) 743-0510.)

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What I Do: Aaron Marrs, US Department of State

As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Aaron Marrs, historian at the Policy Studies Division in the US Department of State.

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What I Do: Stephanie Young, Policy Analyst

As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Stephanie Young, policy analyst at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank with offices in California and Washington, DC.

Few historians imagine that their research skills would prepare them to spend three months in Afghanistan doing research and supporting the staff of the US military forces. Indeed, it’s a work environment far from a traditional archive.

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What I Do: Ramona Houston, Entrepreneur and Activist-Scholar

As part of the Career Diversity for Historians initiative, the AHA is producing and making available short videos of historians working in unusual places talking about what they do. The newest video features Ramona Houston, entrepreneur and activist-scholar.

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Now That’s What I Call History: Introducing the AHA Summer Mixtape

Mixtapes contained tiny archives. In the heyday of the portable cassette—which overlapped with King Vinyl before the great extinction-by-compact-disc of the 1980s—they allowed DJs and freestyle rappers to circulate their work to a micropublic. Unlike Grateful Dead concert bootlegs (which also united a public), mixtapes put individual virtuosity at the center of their aesthetic. As cassettes saturated suburban bedrooms and tape decks became fixtures in cars, young music fans created mixtapes for their own pleasure and to exchange with peers. Today, hip-hop artists still drop mixtapes (making new tracks or remixes available for download), and cassettes are fixtures in many prisons.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AHA Today Blog Contest

The AHA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 AHA Today Blog Contest. Over the course of the summer, each of these historians will be writing for AHA Today about the archival research process and historical documents relevant to their dissertations.

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EXCLUSIVE: AHA Launches Social Networking App for Historians!

The American Historical Association is proud to announce the debut of TWEEDER™. Available exclusively to AHA members, TWEEDER™ is a powerful digital tool that can be used for communication and collaboration. Or not.