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.
Midway through discussing the American National Biography at the 2016 annual meeting, general editor Susan Ware asked her audience to imagine having “a ‘Fitbit’ to track Susan B. Anthony’s jaunts.” If we could map Anthony’s 1883 trip through England, Ireland, and France, for instance, we might be able to bring the transnational dimensions of the 19th-century women’s suffrage movement into sharper focus.
The theme of this year’s AHA annual meeting, held in Atlanta, was “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors.”
After receiving numerous requests for a posting of my introduction to the AHA’s opening plenary session at its annual meeting in Atlanta, I’m posting the text below.
By Anna L. Krome-Lukens
At an Open Forum hosted by the AHA’s Graduate and Early Career Committee (GECC), this was Karen Wilson’s message for graduate students concerned about their job prospects: