October 20, 2008
By Elisabeth Grant
Most of the text of the October Issue of Perspectives on History is now available online. The issue begins with the article, “ History Mom,” from AHA president Gabrielle M. Spiegel, in which she takes a look at “the complexities and challenges of combining motherhood and work.” She concludes the piece by imparting some of the “extremely useful lessons” she has learned during her career.
K-16 education is a hot topic this month, with three articles approaching the issue in different ways. Karen Halttunen’s “ The American Historical Association and K–16 Collaboration” examines how different committees and divisions of the AHA have emphasized the importance of K-12 education and some new initiatives with a K-12 focus.
Then, Wilson Warren’s “ Bridging the Gap between K–12 Teachers and Postsecondary Historians,” highlights the positive effects of the Teaching American History program, but notes that more can be done to “bridge the gap between K–12 teachers and academic historians.”
And finally, Robert B. Townsend’s “How Qualified Are High School History Teachers? A Statistical Impression” dissects a report from the U.S. Department of Education.
Further along in the issue, continue to prepare for the upcoming annual meeting in New York with a number of useful articles. Brush up on registration, accommodation, and transportation details with some useful reminders. Then check out researching options in the city, peruse the presidential sessions at the meeting, and read up on tours organized by the Local Arrangements Committee. And definitely read both Linda K. Kerber’s final article in her Conference Rules series, and Jane Hathaway’s practical suggestions for running a job search. Thinking even longer term? See the call for proposals for the 2010 annual meeting.
All of this plus an article on “ Slavery-Era Disclosure and Atlantic Trade,” a report on the Third International Seminar on Decolonization, letters to the editor, and more are available in the October issue of Perspectives on History.