Author Archives: Elisabeth Grant

Perspectives on History – May 2012

The online version of the May 2012 issue of Perspectives on History is now available, and features a forum on the “Possibilities of Pedagogy,” which explores the current state of history education and thought-provoking ideas for the classroom. The issue also includes articles on the importance of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a recent report on history salaries, Brazilian film as a cultural lens, and more.

As always, thank you for reading, and be sure to take the Perspectives on History Reader Survey to help shape the newsmagazine’s future.

What’s on Your History Summer Reading List?

Often, summer is a time to slow down and catch up on reading you don’t have time for the rest of the year.

Recently, we posed the question, “What history books are you reading?” to the AHA’s LinkedIn group, and received a number of very interesting responses. For example, group member Stuart Hatfield explained that he picks themes for his reading each month, and decided that for April he’ll focus on the Seven Years War. He’s currently reading Francis Jennings’ Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies & Tribes in the Seven Years War in America, Franz A.J.

AHA Members among New Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows 2012Earlier this week, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its 2012 class of fellows. Among this list of accomplished individuals are five AHA members:

  • David William Blight (Yale University)
  • Lizabeth Cohen (Harvard University)
  • Laura Engelstein (Yale University)
  • Vicki L. Ruiz (University of California, Irvine)
  • Steve J. Stern (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Other historians honored this year include Kenneth Ludwig Alder (Northwestern University) and Michael McCormick (Harvard University). Read more about  the new fellows, including scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders, in this alphabetical list and this list organized by discipline.

Debating “Professional Boredom” in History

In his article “Professional Boredom” in the March 2012 issue of Perspectives on History, AHA President William Cronon discussed what it means to be a “professional historian” and advocated for history writing that’s engaging and accessible to a broad audience. His article generated numerous insightful responses and discussions online, and today we highlight a few.

National Park Service’s New Civil War Website

National Park Service Civil War WebsiteLast Wednesday, the National Park Service announced the launch of its new Civil War website, and the stories, timelines, featured places, and educational resources now available there. We noted the new site in last week’s “What We’re Reading” post, and today we take a closer look at all it offers.

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The National Park Service’s mission is to conserve and maintain natural and historic sites, like Civil War battlefields, and provide history education to the visitors who stop by.

Perspectives on History—April 2012

April 2012 Perspectives on HistoryThe online version of the April 2012 issue of Perspectives on History is now available, and features articles on amateur historians’ love for history, the complexities of the History Tuning Project, using Wikipedia and blogs in the classroom, and much more.

Read on for a closer look at some of these articles, and check out the April 2012 issue online for yourself. Please note that some articles are available only to AHA members. To read these articles, you will need to log in to AHA online services.

Bancroft Prize Winners – 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 winners of Columbia University’s prestigious Bancroft Prize. The three historians, all AHA members, are Anne F. Hyde (AHA Council member and professor at Colorado College), Daniel T. Rodgers (Princeton University), and Tomiko Brown-Nagin (University of Virginia).

The Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of Columbia to the authors of books of exceptional merit in the fields of American history, biography, and diplomacy. There were 175 books nominated for the 2012 award, all published in 2011.

The New American History Pamphlet Series – Now Discounted

All pamphlets in the AHA’s New American History series have now been significantly reduced in price to $2 each. Visit the AHA Publications Store (signing in as a member or registered user) to pick up some today.

The New American History series represents “new history,” and includes essays first published as a volume in 1990 by Temple University Press. Each pamphlet is less than 30 pages, offering great short studies by prominent scholars on issues of gender, ethnicity, labor, economy, politics, and culture.