By Matt Drwenski and Dave Eaton
In late May, College Board decided to completely reshape its AP World History (APWH) course. Announced with little fanfare, the proposed revisions halve the historical content, eliminating everything prior to 1450 CE (formerly Periods 1-3) while leaving Periods 4-6 intact. These earlier periods are relegated to a pre-AP World History and Geography course. Since this expensive pre-AP course will not be tested, students cannot receive college credit for it, and even those on the Test Development Committee acknowledge it is unlikely to be popular.
By Sarah Mellors
Mentoring relationships in graduate school—be it a master’s or a doctoral program—are critical for success and yet are often difficult to navigate. While we’ve all heard horror stories about “bad” advisers, students have more agency than they realize. During my five years as a doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, I’ve developed mentoring relationships that have not only enabled me to overcome myriad obstacles, but that will also guide me in the coming years as I transition into a faculty position.
By Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez
On February 3, 2018, Russian Air Force Maj. Roman Filipov’s jet was shot down while attacking rebel positions in Syria. Filipov bailed out and, after a shootout with “terrorists,” blew himself up with a grenade rather than be captured. By the time of Filipov’s funeral, President Vladimir Putin had decorated him as a Hero of the Russian Federation. The incident highlights the depth of present-day Russia’s military involvement in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
In September 2006, AHA Today launched with a simple goal: to report on the latest happenings in the discipline of history that are too time-sensitive to wait a month or more for publication in Perspectives on History, the AHA’s print newsmagazine.
The AHA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Summer Blog Contest. Follow along as these graduate students blog about their scholarship, research, and work experiences over the summer!
Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring the Johnson Program for First Book Authors, sponsored by the American Society for Legal History.
Nicole Tarulevicz is senior lecturer of history and of Asian studies at the University of Tasmania (Australia). She lives in Hobart, Tasmania, and has been a member since 2005.
By Cliff Manko
When I interviewed for a job in corporate finance at Houghton Mifflin in 1992, the publishing firm’s CEO was far more interested in my history degree than my CPA. He grilled me about what I’d studied and how the history courses I’d taken had been taught. To this day, I believe that my passion for what I’d studied in college was the tipping point in getting what I consider to be the most important job in my life.