The American Council of Learned Societies recently announced the results of the 2013-14 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced its 2014 class of new members, which includes leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recently announced the winners of their ninetieth annual competition for fellowships. A group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists were selected out of a pool of 3,000 applicants on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
This past Monday, HNN posted an opinion piece by Jesse Lemisch, professor emeritus of history, titled “History is Worth Fighting For, But Where is the AHA?” Lemisch points to Anthony Grafton and Jim Grossman’s recent Perspectives on History article “No More Plan B: A Very Modest Proposal for Graduate Programs in History” and criticizes it for not going farther, not pushing for more change, and for seeming to accept the current state of few history tenure-track jobs.
It turns out that Tom MacMaster, the now infamously counterfeit “Gay Girl in Damascus” was an American graduate student in history. Todd Gitlin, in a thoughtful essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, notes that “evidently it comes as a belated surprise to a graduate student in history [emphasis in original] that falsification of authorship confounds the search for that elusive quiddity that historians are pleased to call truth, even if with a lower-case and not a capital T.”
I will leave it to individual readers to decide whether MacMaster was acting in his role as a graduate student in history.