By Sarah Shurts
I am always surprised that so many of my colleagues at two-year colleges don’t go to the AHA annual meeting. They all have high regard for the AHA itself and for its publications such as the American Historical Review. Many are even AHA members. But for various reasons they don’t think about attending the meeting or submitting a proposal. Some say it is because of the cost associated with travel, particularly if they have other conferences to attend.
By Nancy Quam-Wickham
Imagine a crowded room where students—shoulder to shoulder—worked frantically to complete architectural drawings. As the moment to submit their projects approached, an aide pushed a little cart (the “charrette”) through the classroom; students were required to deposit their drawings as the cart passed. Those not yet done with their work leapt into the cart, adding finishing touches to their designs as the cart passed drafting tables. The exercise was a loud, raucous, frenzied, stressful, though profoundly creative experience.
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 prizes, to be awarded at the 131st annual meeting in Denver, January 5–8, 2017. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 5, in Plaza Ballroom A of the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel at 7:00 pm, immediately following the meeting’s welcome reception.
For the duration of the next thousand words, consider me your tour guide through the Mile High City. The majority of you will fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) so we’ll begin there, tackling myth number one in the process: that crisscrossing this great city requires a car. It does not. Downtown Denver is eminently walkable—the Brookings Institution grades it the nation’s fourth most walkable downtown—with a cannily expanding system of public transport ready to take you those places your own legs cannot.
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.
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.)
by Chad Gaffield
During the past decade, historians have been embracing digital technologies to an unprecedented extent. At the 130th annual meeting of the American Historical Association earlier this year, attendees looking to take advantage of today’s digital history opportunities were indeed spoiled for choice.
Perspectives continues its tradition of devoting the February issue to capturing the spirit of the annual meeting just past.