From the 128th Annual Meeting column of the November 2013 issue of Perspectives on History
128th Annual Meeting Highlights
Sharon K. Tune, November 2013
The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association will be held in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton. Specialized affiliated societies and other groups will cosponsor sessions or hold separate luncheons, sessions, and meetings. AHA and affiliate events are summarized in the front portion of the Program, with details of sessions listed in the main body of the program.
Noted below are sessions and events sponsored by Association divisions and committees. Session numbers are indicated in parenthesis.
For the 23rd year, the AHA Professional Division continues its sponsorship of a workshop on "Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century" (52, in conjunction with the AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Coordinating Council for Women in History). Scheduled for Friday, January 3, 8:30‒10:00 a.m., session attendees will be divided into small interviewee groups, each led by a college or university faculty member or a public historian who will lead a discussion of successful interview strategies. Vice President, Professional Division, Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin) will preside.
The Professional Division will sponsor four additional sessions:
- Finding and Loving a Government Job: Part Deux (77)
- Report on the Current Status of the Mellon-Funded AHA-MLA Study: Career Paths for Humanities PhDs (103)
- The Two "R"s at the CC: Are Historical Research and Writing Compatible with Teaching at a Community College? (130)
- Getting to the Malleable PhD (183)
With the AHA's Research Division, the Professional Division is sponsoring "Historians and History Museums: An Offsite Workshop at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History." This all-day session features historians who are employed in a variety of positions at history museums. They will discuss the work they do and the ways in which their doctoral training prepared them (and failed to prepare them) for their museum careers.
The division is sponsoring with the AHA's Departmental and Organizational Services Program (DOSP) the Department Chairs' Luncheon on Friday, January 3. Department chairs are invited to share experiences, discuss common issues, and receive encouragement from their colleagues. Incoming, current, and former chairs are welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 for chairs of departments that participate in the AHA's DOSP and are $45 nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the registration form or at the meeting at the onsite registration counters.
On Friday evening, the Professional Division will sponsor a reception for public historians and anyone with an interest in public history.
The AHA Research Division will sponsor seven sessions:
- Aerospace History: Changes in the Field through the Eyes of AHA Aerospace History Fellows (2)
- Open Access and Publishing in History and the Social Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges (104)
- Marriage Matters: The Politics of Marriage in Western Culture, Part 1: Marriage, Community, and Law in Pre-Modern Europe (131)
- Marriage Matters: The Politics of Marriage in Western Culture, Part 2: Marriage, Citizenship, and Status in American History (156)
- 1914‒18: Global Conflict, Local Context (157)
- Editors in the Wider World: A Perspectives on History Conversation with Journal Editors (236)
- The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching (237, with the AHA Teaching Division)
The Teaching Division is sponsoring ten sessions:
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Why Should We Engage? (3)
- Training Graduate Students to Teach: Berkeley's Teaching at the University Course (27)
- Building a Career around the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (78)
- Collaborating with Curators, Librarians, and Archivists: A Practicum for Teachers and Faculty (79)
- How Should Historians Respond to MOOCs? (105)
- Disruptive Pedagogies: Reimagining Classroom-Based Approaches to Student Learning (158)
- How to Integrate the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning into Graduate Programs (159)
- Professional Development in World History Education: The Alliance Project (210)
- The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching (237, with the AHA Research Division)
- The Future of AP History: Designing and Assessing a "Best Practices" History Curriculum (238)
The Teaching Division is sponsoring a workshop on undergraduate teaching on Thursday, January 2. Space is limited, with complimentary advance registration required via the meeting's preregistration process. See the program for complete details of the sessions.
On Saturday, January 4, the AHA will host a K‒12 coffee networking event. Because space is limited, free advance registration is required.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the AHA, the National Council for the Social Studies, and Microsoft Research are sponsoring a morning workshop on Saturday, January 4: "Atlantic Encounters: Internationalizing US History in the Classroom-A Workshop for K‒12 Educators."
The AHA Committee on Minority Historians (CMH) invites minority graduate students and first-year faculty to a continental breakfast on Friday, January 3, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. If interested in attending, sign up during the preregistration process. The CMH also invites minority scholars, graduate students, and others attending the annual meeting to a reception on Saturday, January 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The AHA Committee on Women Historians (CWH) will sponsor the session "Generations of Women's History" (185) with Natalie Zemon Davis (Univ. of Toronto), Crystal N. Feimster (Yale Univ.), Patricia Albjerg Graham (Harvard Univ.), Darlene Clark Hine (Northwestern Univ.), Linda K. Kerber (Univ. of Iowa), and Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia Univ.).
The committee will sponsor a workshop on "Negotiating Your Employment Contract" on Friday, January 3, 1:30‒3:00 p.m.The committee invites attendees to its annual breakfast on Saturday morning, January 4, cosponsored with the Coordinating Council for Women in History. Leora Auslander (Univ. of Chicago) will preside, and Rebecca J. Scott (Univ. of Michigan) will speak on "Three Women: How Might One Generation Speak to Another . . . And What Will Be Heard?" Preregistration for the continental breakfast is urged—a very limited number of tickets will be available at the meeting.Tickets ($35 member, $45 nonmember, $15 student member, $30 student nonmember) are available for advance purchase through the preregistration process, via printed form or online, until December 20, 2013. AHA members may bring a student nonmember to the breakfast at the student member rate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Each attendee's prepaid ticket will be printed and distributed with the meeting badge, available for pick up in the Marriott Wardman Park's Washington Room 1.
On Saturday, January 4, 11:00 a.m.‒12:00 p.m., the committee invites all interested AHA members to a brainstorming session to help think through the question of the mission of the CWH as it goes forward.
The AHA Graduate and Early Career Committee is sponsoring two sessions:
- Surviving the First Years of Teaching: A Roundtable Discussion (4)
- Interviewing in the Job Market in the Twenty-First Century (52, with the AHA Professional Division and the Coordinating Council for Women in History)
On Thursday, January 2, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the committee will sponsor its annual reception for graduate students and early career professionals, who are invited to meet colleagues from other institutions as well as the Association's leadership. On Friday, January 3, 2:30 p.m., the committee will sponsor an open forum to discuss issues of interest to graduate students and early career professionals.
—Sharon K. Tune is the AHA's director of meetings.