On September 18, the Wilderness Society presented environmental historian and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William Cronon with its highest citizen’s honor, the Robert Marshall Award.
In an effort to highlight the diverse range of scholarship at the upcoming annual meeting, we’re highlighting different sessions here on the blog each week.
In his article ”Professional Boredom” in the March 2012 issue of Perspectives on History
, AHA President William Cronon discussed what it means to be a “professional historian” and advocated for history writing that’s engaging and accessible to a broad audience. His article generated numerous insightful responses and discussions online, and today we highlight a few.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
Many of the stories we will hear during Women’s History Month will be of “firsts” of pioneers and trailblazers. Often these stories are cast as turning points and new beginnings, as if once the barriers were knocked down, a new world suddenly appeared. But the story of Nellie Neilson, the American Historical Association’s first female president, shows how halting and sporadic change can be.
Article By: Allen Mikaelian
This article is an appreciation of Drew Faust on the occasion of her Jefferson Lecture tonight. “A Historian’s Historian” by David W. Blight was first published in the May-June 2011 issue of Humanities
magazine, which is published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and can be found at http://www.neh.gov/
In the news this week, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows for 2011 include three former AHA presidents and a current AHA Council member. Also in the news, George Mason’s Center for History and New Media has been renamed after Roy Rosenzweig. We then link to articles on historians’ thoughts on the federal budget (hearing from Jill Lepore and Richard White), an Australian who studies African American history, a look at what makes a web resource useful to researchers, and history on Twitter. Also, get ready for summer with recommended reading, new books in history, and NPR’s book reviews. Finally, browse images of 90 Years of African American History in D.C., and “atomic gardening” in the 1960s
Article By: Jim Grossman, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, and a former president of the AHA (for 2000), received the 2011 history Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.
Article By: Pillarisetti Sudhir
In the news this week, some new ideas about declassification of historical records, Ken Burns announces Vietnam War documentary, and the LA Times checks out a Virginia Civil War sesquicentennial project. Then, learn more about reCaptcha, get advice on online images and copyright, peruse a roundup of women’s history, and take a look back at historic D.C. We also continue with more articles and news on the William Cronon affair. Finally, follow-up on the recently rejected Google Books Settlement through a number of links.
Article By: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Chris Hale, Vernon Horn, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend