“I grew up reading about you,” historian Clayborne Carson told Terrence Roberts, one of the nine Arkansas teenagers who faced down racist mobs to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The two sat beside each other onstage before a packed audience at the National Museum of the American Indian, there to witness the opening roundtable for “The Future of the African American Past”—a historic conference inaugurating the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, soon to open on the National Mall.
The Institute for Constitutional History (ICH) is pleased to announce another seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty: Dissent and the Supreme Court.
The Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce another seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty: Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic Constitutionalism. This seminar will survey Thomas Jefferson’s career as a lawyer, statesman, and political and constitutional theorist. We will explore Jefferson’s thought about provincial and state as well as imperial and federal constitutions, with a particular focus on his evolving conceptions of natural rights and justice, citizenship, property rights, and slavery. Assigned readings in primary documents will illuminate his collaboration and quarrels with fellow founders, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Marshall; selected secondary sources will introduce participants to the legal and constitutional history of the early American Republic.
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.