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  • New Web Site for the National Coalition for History Added July 28, 2014

    In April, the National Coalition for History (NCH) launched a new, attractively informative web site at www.historycoalition.org . This is an exciting development because it allows NCH to bring you access to news as it is made in Washington, D.C., through our new blogging capability. Visitors to the site can sign up for RSS feeds to keep them posted about the latest blogs. The web site will also contain up-to-date issue briefs, and links to Congress, federal agencies and NCH member organiz...

  • Public-Private Partnerships: Are They the Wave of the Future? Added July 28, 2014

    Over the past year, we have seen federal historical and archival institutions faced with flat or shrinking budgets trying to find creative ways to finance their programs. The resulting business arrangements that some public institutions made with private sector groups have raised some interesting questions and, at least in one case, stirred up considerable controversy. The business deal that has drawn the most attention in the past year is the one we reported on last month, the development of...

  • News Briefs, February 2007 Added July 28, 2014

    Congressional Appropriations Committees Announce Restructuring In the new 110th Congress, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee will have common subcommittee structures, a move that the incoming committee chairs hope will help to complete action on each of the government funding bills on time, by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2007. The last time each of the appropriations bills was approved by Congress and signed into law by the start of the federal fiscal year was ...

  • GAO Issues Review of Smithsonian-Showtime Venture Added July 28, 2014

    The saga of the Smithsonian Institution's controversial partnership with the Showtime Network continues as the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued its congressionally mandated review of the deal in December 2006. A full copy of the report can be accessed online at: www.gao.gov/new.items/d07275.pdf . In March 2006, the Smithsonian Institution announced that it had entered into a 30-year, semi-exclusive contract with Showtime Networks Inc., to create a digital on-demand television ch...

  • Letters to the Editor: Defending the Profession Added July 28, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Perspectives welcomes letters to the editor on issues discussed in its pages or which are relevant to the profession. Letters should ideally be brief and should be e-mailed to the Editor (or mailed to Letters to the Editor, Perspectives , AHA, 400 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889) along with full contact information. Letters selected for publication may be edited for style, length, and content. Publication of letters does not signify endorsement by the AHA of th...

  • Some Parting Thoughts on Capitol Hill Added July 28, 2014

    As readers of Perspectives may be aware, at the end of December 2006, I will have relinquished the executive directorship of the National Coalition for History (NCH) to pursue new career trajectories. This, then, will be my last regular contribution to Perspectives . My wife Pat and I are both looking forward to our new lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada. There, in addition to helping to run our Harbour Lights bed and breakfast operation (and soon to be launched artists and writers retr...

  • Letters to the Editor: Endorsing Byrd Added July 28, 2014

    To the Editor: As a member of AHA I wish to take exception to the poorly disguised endorsement of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd in the October 2006 issue of Perspectives . I do agree that Senator Byrd's future is in the hands of West Virginia voters. It should stay there rather than in the pages of Perspectives . —Frederick E. Miller Jr. R. Bruce Craig responds: Rather than being a "poorly disguised endorsement" of Senator Robert C. Byrd the  News Briefs  in the Oc...

  • The Congressional History Caucus Added July 28, 2014

    Since last summer, the National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with the offices of Congressmen John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Cole (R-OK) on the creation of a Congressional History Caucus. We are pleased to announce the formation of this caucus, with Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) serving as cochairs with Larson and Cole. The purpose of the caucus is to provide a forum for members of Congress to share their interest in history and to promote an awaren...

  • Tuning History in Utah Added July 28, 2014

    In February 2011, as the Utah state legislature debated funding for higher education, a Senate leader rose to denounce what he saw as wasteful spending in particular programs, arguing that students in the humanities and social sciences graduated with “degrees to nowhere.” College and university presidents attending the session sat quietly and respectfully as the senator made his speech; none stepped up to rebut the claims made. But over the next month, the arguments were repeated...

  • Expanding Our Efforts Added July 28, 2014

    P resident Obama ruffled feathers in the humanities community when, at an event promoting vocational training early this year, he said, “folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” While the president later apologized for his comment, it nonetheless reinforced an unfortunate stereotype regarding the perceived lack of relevance of a humanities degree in the “real world.” And it echoes a n...