On Tuesday July 9, the American Historical Association hosted its third annual summer reception at our Capitol Hill headquarters, with a record number of attendees.
The AHA cordially invites visiting researchers and friends of the Association to attend the third Annual AHA Summer Reception at our Capitol Hill headquarters, today, Tuesday, July 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come meet fellow visiting historians using the city’s extensive resources, and DC-based historians who haven’t fled for the summer. Like last year’s reception, drinks and light snacks will be served, there will be some books up for grabs, and a lucky few will win raffle prizes. Full details for the event can be found on our Facebook page.
As we have often tried to demonstrate, we at the AHA believe that public discourse on any topic benefits from historical context and historical thinking. In that spirit, we’re rolling out a series of AHA Roundtables on two of the significant Supreme Court decisions handed down this summer. We have asked a group of historians to comment on these opinions, and we’ll be posting their responses over the next two weeks.
First up is Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.
Today’s What We’re Reading features a history of manners, summer tips for archiving and cleaning, the life of Charles Dickens in song, and much more.
A few weeks ago, I ran into a senior colleague who mentioned she was off to Yaddo for seven weeks to finish her book. I was delighted to hear that she’d successfully made the case to Yaddo that historians belong at a writer’s colony, traditionally the dominion of poets, playwrights, and fiction writers. Writing history is both an intensely intellectual and profoundly creative endeavor, but this claim often draws quizzical looks from playwrights and other “traditional” creative writers. Since so many of us turn our attention to our neglected writing projects over the summer, we thought we’d pull together some advice, encouragement, and admonishments to prime the pump.