In February, Perspectives on History ran a story exploring the current boom in history podcasts, and found that podcasts allow historians to both disseminate their work to a wider audience and to develop professional connections with other academics. AHA Today recently spoke with Liz Covart, creator of Ben Franklin’s World, an interview-driven podcast focusing on current scholarship in early American history, about her experiences in the world of history podcasting.
By Marc Stein
As the US public waits to find out whom President Obama will nominate to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, it may be helpful to consider what we have learned and not learned in the last few weeks about the history and politics of presidential appointments.
The Vietnam War Memorial, the first national memorial to commemorate veterans, was dedicated on the National Mall in 1982.
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.
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.
By Sarah Fenton
A plenary is a meeting “attended by all participants at a conference or assembly.” The plenary at the 2016 AHA annual meeting was something more, and it gave the room a feeling different from plenaries in years past.
By Zach Schrag
Historians have long complained about interference with their work by institutional review boards (IRBs), university-based ethics committees charged with protecting people who participate in experiments and other forms of human subjects research. Though well intentioned, IRB members and staff frequently fail to understand the differences between psychology experiments and genetic research on the one hand, and oral-history interviews and archival research on the other. For instance, they have sometimes insisted that oral historians disguise the identities of their narrators or destroy audio recordings, even though the identification of narrators and the preservation of their stories are central to the discipline.
In the six months since I joined the American Historical Association, I’ve witnessed historians speaking out on important issues facing our nation and the world.