On Sunday, the American Historical Association released a statement deploring the effort to intimidate AHA president-elect William Cronon. A few members have asked for additional information and context for the statement, so we offer the following:
The controversy was initiated by a blog post on Dr. Cronon’s personal web site: “Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere?” In subsequent items on his blog, Cronon details how the Wisconsin Republican Party issued an Open Records Law request for his University of Wisconsin—Madison emails.
The American Historical Association deplores recent efforts by the deputy executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party to intimidate William Cronon, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the incoming president of the AHA.
AHA members are invited to suggest names of individuals who can be nominated for the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award. Named for the two former AHA presidents who were also Presidents of the United States—Theodore Roosevelt (AHA president in 1912) and Woodrow Wilson (AHA president in 1924)—this honorific award recognizes individuals outside the historical profession who have made a significant contribution to the study, teaching, and public understanding of history.
The suggestions for possible nominees can include (but need not be restricted to), for example, persons who may have made a significant contribution to the support and encouragement of history through their actions.
Past AHA President Linda Kerber recently co-authored the Slate article “Sexing Citizenship” with Kristin Collins. In the article they point to Flores-Villar v. United States and argue that the “Supreme Court should strike down an old citizenship law that discriminates against fathers.”
Last week, former president of the AHA Jonathan Spence gave the 39th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. We start off this week with two related links on what he said. Then, John Fea live blogs the Texas Social Studies hearings, the National Archives uses Facebook to locate items and seeks comments for the National Declassification Center, and Mark Twain’s memoirs go public. Looking to digital history, Lincoln Mullen considers digital-minded humanists, Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt write a book in one week, and ProfHacker looks at WordPress for building web sites.
Congratulations to former AHA president Natalie Zemon Davis for winning the $785,000 Holberg International Memorial Prize for 2010. This prize recognizes “outstanding scholarly work in the academic fields of the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology.” Meanwhile, we also note the sad news of the loss of Richard Stites, historian of Russian culture. We bring you two articles on politics and history: a new version of American history and the Texas Board of Education’s questionable textbook revisions. On the topic of advice for the history profession read some thoughts on different approaches to tenure and how to write an article this summer.
Former AHA President Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s presidential address, An American Album, 1857, is now available online in the February 2010 issue of The American Historical Review. For full access to the presidential address and to the rest of the contents of the February issue of the AHR, members should login here first.
Ulrich presented her address on Friday, January 8, 2010 during the General Meeting of the 124th Annual Meeting. Here is a summary of the address by Pillarisetti Sudhir, first posted on the blog shortly after the Annual Meeting concluded.
The AHA’s General Meeting took place on Friday, January 8, 2010 at this year’s annual meeting. During this time the presentation of awards to recipients of AHA prizes took place, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gave her presidential address. Read on for an overview of the address and a list of all the award winners.
A Stitch in Time: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Turns a Quilt into a Rich Tapestry of History
She found it useful sometimes to address large questions by focusing on a single object, said President Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, delivering her presidential address entitled "An American Album." The object in question was a simple quilt, made in the Utah territory in 1857.