Over the past few weeks the Chancellor and Trustees of the University of Illinois have received a rising tide of criticism from across the academic community for the handling of the “Salaita Case.” The American Historical Association has followed this case closely with growing concern about its implications for academic freedom. President Jan Goldstein, President-Elect Vicki Ruiz and Immediate Past President Kenneth Pomeranz have now written an open letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois. The letter urges the Chancellor to “reinstate the offer of a tenured position” to Professor Salaita.
The release of a new “framework” for the Advanced Placement examination in United States History has provoked controversy over the nature and content of the AP course. The AHA supports the direction that the College Board has taken with this new approach to Advanced Placement history education, as indicated in the framework and in the sample exam subsequently released by the Board.
On July 31, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill to expand the Student Loan Forgiveness program to adjunct faculty. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will be reviewing this bill shortly.
AHA members cultivate all possible fields of the historical discipline. We study every country and region of the world from their ancient beginnings to the present, employing a wide range of thematic lenses to do so.
Dane Kennedy (George Washington University), chair of the Nominating Committee, announces the following results of the 2014 balloting for officers and committee members of the American Historical Association.
The following piece is an excerpt taken from a summer 2014 Perspectives on History article of the same title, written by Elaine Carey, Sara Haviland, Eric Platt, Sarah Shurts, and Emily Tai.
On June 12, 2014, AHA President Jan Goldstein and Executive Director Jim Grossman sent a letter to Jonathan Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, regarding the relocation of the National Archives for Black Women’s History.
Conducted via AHA Communities Site from January 10–May 15, 2014 and at the Council Meeting on June 2-3, 2014