Author Archives: David Darlington

Free Access to the Directory in April 2011

During the month of April the AHA is offering free, unrestricted access to the online version of the Directory of History Departments, Organizations, and Historians.

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To try the online Directory, you will just need to log in here as a Guest at (user: Guest, password: April2011). At the end of April, only members and institutions who have subscribed to the Directory (through the Member or Departmental Services Programs) or purchased access through the AHAs Publication Sales Shop will have full access (sales will begin at the end of the month).

Life Member Named Routledge History Author of the Month

Karen OffenKaren Offen, a Life Member of the AHA, has been named Author of the Month for March by Routledge, the academic publishing imprint based in Great Britain. Offen is a senior scholar affiliated with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

It’s fitting that Offen is  being recognized in March, since it’s Women’s History Month, and her latest book is Globalizing Feminisms 1789–1945, which she edited to provide a comprehensive, comparative history of feminist movements around the world prior to 1945.

The 2011 Job Center by the Numbers

Let’s take a look at the numbers around the 2011 Job Center. Activity at the Job Center rebounded a bit after a down year at San Diego, as staff tracked 168 total searches at the 2011 meeting, compared to 115 for 2010. Sixty-five of those searches used the free tables in the ballroom (the rest of the searches used suites spread throughout the convention hotels), and at those tables they conducted 716 interviews, or an average of 11 interviews per search.

Books by Members – December 2010

As a service to AHA members, we are listing books by members received in the headquarters office in recent months. These postings will only constitute an announcement of their publication and provide short descriptions of the books. These are not reviews. Books for review by the AHR need to be sent to the attention of Moureen Coulter, 914 Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401. Follow the links below to Amazon.com, where a portion of your purchases go to support the AHA. See previous books by members blog posts from this year, including April 2010, July 2010, and November 2010.

Job Center Handout Now Online

Job searches at the AHA's 125th Annual MeetingThe 2011 Job Center Handout is now available on our web site here (PDF). This document includes a review of how the Job Center works, plus a list of all the job searches taking place in Boston that have been reported to the
AHA as of December 13. Positions with a full job description and marked “collecting c.v.’s” are participating in c.v. collections at the meeting and may schedule interviews on site; all others are conducting pre-arranged interviews based on applications already received.

Books by Members – November 2010

As a service to AHA members, we are listing books by members received in the headquarters office in recent months. These postings will only constitute an announcement of their publication and provide short descriptions of the books. These are not reviews. Books for review by the AHR need to be sent to the attention of Moureen Coulter, 914 Atwater, Bloomington, IN 47401. Follow the links below to Amazon.com, where a portion of your purchases go to support the AHA. See previous books by members blog posts, April 2010, andJuly 2010, from this year.

The Job Center: What Candidates Need to Know

2011 Annual MeetingDavid Darlington is associate editor of Perspectives on History and is a co-manager of the Job Center. A version of this FAQ appears in the Annual Meeting Supplement to Perspectives on History.

So the time has come to look for a new job. The Job Center is one of the places you’ll need to be. A big part of each and every AHA annual meeting, at the Job Center we hope to connect you as a candidate with the search committee that has the right position for you.

Designing Tomorrow at the National Building Museum

Designing Tomorrow exhibit at National Building MuseumThe National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (401 F Street, NW) launched a new exhibition on October 2, 2010, called Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. On display until July 10, 2011, Designing Tomorrow is the first exhibit to consider the impact of the six American expositions of the 1930s (Chicago, San Diego, Cleveland, Dallas, San Francisco, and New York) on the popularization of modern design and the creation of a modern consumer culture. At these fairs, architects and industrial designers collaborated with businesses to present a golden future complete with highways, televisions, all-electric kitchens, and even robots.