While Twitter provided a space for quick commentary on the 126th annual meeting, more detailed coverage of sessions, events, and discussions on the history profession at the meeting can be found in a number of news articles and blog posts online.
Today, we’ve rounded up of coverage of the 126th annual meeting, from the AHA itself, to the New York Times, Chronicle, and Insider Higher, to the blogosphere. If we’ve overlooked any articles or posts on the meeting, please feel free to share links to them in the comments section below.
Seven panelists will participate in a hands-on workshop on digital publishing, text mining, content management systems, Zotero, blogging and tweeting, teaching history, and digital storytelling at AHA session 36, Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop, at the 126th annual meeting.
This session is part of The Future Is Here series at the annual meeting, which includes nearly two dozen presentations, discussions, and demonstrations on digital methods for history.
Learn more about Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop below.
Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop
AHA Session 36
Date: Friday, January 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
“Few historians have written about the American past with more profound insight and impact than James M. McPherson,” states the abstract of session 198, James M. McPherson: A Life in American History, scheduled to take place Sunday at the AHA’s upcoming 126th annual meeting.
A panel of distinguished scholars will come together in this session to discuss historian James McPherson’s varied and influential career in the history profession, including his work in African American history, Civil War history, and scholarship on Abraham Lincoln.
Yesterday’s blog post, “Around the World at the 126th Annual Meeting,” used a map to show how sessions at the upcoming annual meeting cover topics that span the globe. Today’s session of the week, Popular Protests in Global Perspective, continues to show the breadth of the meeting’s worldview.
Session 199, Popular Protests in Global Perspective, was inspired by the dramatic recent events in Egypt, and will compare popular uprising in Tunisia, South Africa, Eastern Europe, and protest movements in the U.S.
Current events are better understood through historical context. Such is the case with annual meeting session “Ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Lessons Learned from Integrating Minorities and Women in the U.S. Military,” today’s “Session of the Week.”
Scholars in this session will present papers on race relations in the military in the 1970s, sex discrimination in the Army Nurse Corps in the 1950s, the challenges of integrating women into the U.S. military, and updates on the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
At this year’s 126th annual meeting, AHA session 138, Crowdsourcing History: Collaborative Online Transcription and Archives, will feature five-minute “lightning talks” by nine scholar-technologists who are studying and working on crowdsourcing projects. This session is part of the larger “The Future Is Here: Digital Methods in Research and Teaching in History” series of digital history sessions at the upcoming annual meeting.
The age-old wisdom that “many hands make light work” is the core of the recent crowdsourcing phenomenon.
Authors and a representative from a university press discuss how to turn your dissertation into a publishable book at session 69, Professional Development: Turning Your Dissertation into a Book on Friday afternoon of the 126th annual meeting. The details of this session follow below:
Professional Development: Turning Your Dissertation into a Book
AHA Session 69
Date: Friday, January 6, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago Ballroom VII* (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
Chair: Aaron W. Marrs, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
Last year, when a history textbook for 4th graders in Virginia was found to contain errors and falsehoods, a debate ignited in the history community: what state are history textbooks in? Though all can agree that accuracy is of paramount importance, other questions arose, like how well do textbooks teach history? And what is the future of textbooks in the digital age?
At AHA session 232, Whither the Future of the History Textbook, at the upcoming 126th annual meeting, textbook authors and publishers will come together to discuss the current state of history textbooks, how well they facilitate historical thinking skills, and what the future may have in store.