Following the unanimous approval of the AHA Council and the AHA Business meeting in January, voting on proposed changes to the AHA Constitution is now underway for AHA members.
The Proposed Revisions to the AHA Constitution document, prepared by AHA staff color-codes the changes and also includes "pro and con" statements about the proposed revisions. Additions to the Constitution appear in blue, proposed deletions are in red, and "pro and con" statements are in green. The "Pro" statements were compiled from staff and Council discussions about the changes over the past 18 months, supplemented by comments received in an online discussion forum this past fall.
See below for the winners of the 2007 AHA Election. These individuals will begin their terms of office following the 122nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
- Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Johns Hopkins University (medieval, with a special interest in historiography and linguistic analysis, medieval and contemporary)
President-elect (1-year term)
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University (U.S. to 1815, comparative gender history since 1600)
Vice-President, Professional Division (3-year term)
- David J. Weber, Southern Methodist University (Borderlands, American West, Latin America)
Council (3-year terms)
In response to the recent request for comments on the proposed constitutional amendments, AHA members have made several useful suggestions and some members have also helpfully pointed out some minor textual errors in the proposed revisions. We apologize for any inconvenience these errors have caused. Staff and council are working to further refine and clarify the proposed changes. The changes–with the typographical errors corrected–will be posted to the web site on or about October 19, 2007. Although the current Constitution blog closed at midnight October 15, 2007 members will have another opportunity to comment on the revised and corrected text of the proposed amendments from Friday October 19th until Monday, October 29, 2007.
The AHA is now in the process of updating its Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians for the 2007–08 academic year. All departments who presently list or formerly listed in the Directory should have received a postcard and an e-mail from the AHA soliciting updates for the new edition. If your department has not received a request for updated information, please write the Directory editors at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-544-2422 x120.
The Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians is the premier listing of institutions in the history profession.
Deadline extended to December 15
One of the major functions of the AHA’s Committee on International Historical Activities is to provide liaison between the historical profession in the United States and the International Committee of Historical Sciences (known by its French acronym CISH).
CISH has begun to plan for its 21st international congress, to be held in Amsterdam in 2010. National Committees and International Affiliated Organizations have been requested to develop proposals for major themes, specialized themes and round tables for the 2010 meeting.