History majors have diverse job options outside of academia. Learn from history professionals in a range of fields in session 3, Careers in History: The Variety of the Profession. This roundtable session, sponsored by the Graduate and Early Career Committee, brings together historians who work in preservation, documentary editing, museums, archives, and the military to speak about both specific aspects of their jobs as well as general advice for job seekers.
Historians and authors of historical fiction come together in session 156, History and Fiction: Creative Intersections, to discuss researching and writing historical fiction, as well as using fiction and film in the classroom.
This roundtable includes historian Jane Kamensky, who co-authored the novel Blindspot with Jill Lepore, author Geraldine Brooks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her book March (which tells the story of “the character of the absent father…who has gone off to war,” in Little Women), Donald Ostrowski, a historian of medieval Russia and a teacher who uses fiction and film in class, Joan Neuberger, a historian of Soviet film, and Peter Ho Davies, whose most recent book The Welsh Girl, creates a story about a “WWII POW camp built by the British in the remote mountains of northern Wales and Esther.”
First time at the annual meeting? Not sure what to expect? Stop by the Getting the Most Out of the Annual Meeting orientation session on Thursday, January, 6th from 4-5 p.m. in Room 110 of the Hynes Convention Center.
There you’ll hear advice on using the meeting to advance your professional goals, build your network, and enhance your teaching. Learn how to navigate the Job Center, and hear about sessions of interest to graduate students and early career historians. See below for the complete session information, and check out the past three “Session of the Week” posts on the blog, pulled from the content of the Program of the 125th Annual Meeting.
The Teachinghistory.org Workshop (National History Education Clearinghouse) to be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is today’s “Session of the Week” from the Program of the 125th Annual Meeting.
This session will explore the National History Education Clearinghouse web site, while also delving into teaching history with objects, using digital tools and public media, engaging students in historical analysis, and finding resources to teach about immigration.
Teachinghistory.org Workshop (National History Education Clearinghouse Workshop)
Saturday, January 8, 2011: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM
Grand Ballroom Salon F (Marriott Boston Copley Place)
- Coffee (8:30-9:00 a.m.)
- Introduction (9:00-9:15 a.m.)
Chair: Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado at Boulder and vice president, AHA Teaching Division
- Clearinghouse Demonstration (9:15-9:45 a.m.)
Speaker: Jennifer Rosenfeld, outreach director, Teachinghistory.org
- Teaching with Objects (9:45-10:45 a.m.)
Speakers: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University and Shari Tishman, Harvard University
- Break (10:45-11:00 a.m.)
- Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning American History?
For our second “Session of the Week” from the Program of the 125th Annual Meeting we turn to AHA session 265, No Sacred Story: Reframing Abraham Lincoln in Historical Memory, a unique look at Abraham Lincoln in a variety of contexts.
Leslie J. Lindenauer and Martha E. May* look to recent use of Lincoln in “video games, the web, and in film” and how he’s often represented as “one bad ass dude.” Christopher Castiglia’s presentation will delve into Lincoln’s sexuality and what its “significance might be for our understanding of nineteenth-century culture and politics.” David A.
Once a week from today through the first week in January 2011, we’ll be highlighting a “session of the week” pulled from the Program of the 125th Annual Meeting. Hundreds of sessions at the meeting cover a variety of topics and specialties. This session of the week feature is our way of calling attention to just a few of these many options. See also our roundups of sessions that may be of interest to two-year college faculty, minority historians, women historians, graduate students and early career professionals, and teachers.