Member Action

The American Historical Association encourages its members to participate in civic culture, as historians. We have created forums at our web site relating to specific issues and events, such as Supreme Court decisions, candidate debates, and major issues relating to higher education. But historians should not wait for an invitation from the AHA to weigh in on conversations in the media, in their communities, and anywhere else that would benefit from the particular insights that historians bring to public affairs. And our members will benefit from seeing what their colleagues have to say. So please send links when you publish something online that relates to any aspect of public affairs.

Letter to the Assembly on the Importance of the UW System

In a letter to the Wisconsin State Assembly on the importance of the UW System, Lt. Col. John W. Hall writes, "As a native Wisconsinite, I have always felt tremendous pride that our humble, decent state has created and sustained one of the world's premier institutions of higher learning and a state system that is the envy of the rest of the nation."

An AHA member since 2010, Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor of U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Read the full letter, released 10 February 2015, on the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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Members' Op-Ed in New York Times on Electronic Records Management

AHA members Matthew Connolley (Columbia Univ.) and Richard H. Immerman (Temple Univ.) wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, released March 4, on the challenge the National Archives and Records Administration faces in processing electronic government records: "What Hillary Clinton's Emails Really Reveal."

Read the Op-ed