The AHA has signed on to a memo from the Coalition for International Education urging the US Department of Education to protect Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. A new interpretation of policy would make graduate students seeking funding for beginning level training in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) ineligible for FLAS fellowships. In opposing this change, the AHA recognizes the need to protect the nation’s efforts to strengthen area and international studies among the rising generation of scholars. Read the letter in its entirety online.
The House Budget Committee has, yet again, called for the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) along with several other cultural agencies such as the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Compiled by Liz Townsend
The Nominating Committee for 2016–17, chaired by François Furstenberg (Johns Hopkins Univ.), met in Washington, DC, on February 19 and 20 and offers the following candidates for offices of the Association that are to be filled in the election this year.
By Lee White
In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The “Every Student Succeeds Act” restored funding for K–12 history and civics education that was eliminated five years ago. Unfortunately, when the president’s budget request was released on February 9 it did not include appropriations for the major new program source of funding for history and civics.
AHA president Patrick Manning sent a letter urging President Erdogan of Turkey to respect the academic freedom and freedom of expression of historians and other scholars in his country. This statement comes in light of reports that Turkish academics face dismissal, detention, and criminal investigation for signing a petition critical of the Turkish government.
The AHA Council just approved a statement regarding best practices in dual enrollment/concurrent enrollment (DE/CE) courses that was drafted by the Teaching Division.
The American Historical Association is pleased to learn that Ken Burns, award-winning historical filmmaker and documentarian, will deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the lecture is one of the highest honors bestowed by the federal government for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
Printed newspapers play a much smaller role in American life than they did in earlier periods of our history. In the first decade of the 20th century—before the advent of electronic media—over 17,000 newspapers were published in the United States.