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  • Drew Gilpin Faust to Become Harvard University's President Added July 30, 2014

    Drew Gilpin Faust, distinguished historian, and a former vice president of the AHA's Professional Division (1993–96), will become Harvard University's president from July 1, 2007, the university announced. A renowned expert on the Civil War and the American South, and currently the dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Faust will be the first woman to hold the office of president in the history of the 371-year-old university. "This is a . . . historic day, for Harvard," s...

  • Historians among Recipients of National Humanities Medals Added July 30, 2014

    AHA members Mark A. Noll of the University of Notre Dame and Bernard Lewis of Princeton University were among those who were awarded the National Humanities Medals for 2006 by President George W. Bush at a ceremony held in the White House on November 9, 2006. Kevin Starr, professor of history at the University of Southern California, and Nickolas Davatzes, one of the founders of the History Channel were also honored with the medal. Mark Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at th...

  • Historians Franklin and Yu Receive the Kluge Prize Added July 30, 2014

    John Hope Franklin, 91, former AHA president (1979) and emeritus professor of history at Duke University, and Yu Ying-shih, 76, professor of history at Princeton University, have been named as the recipients of the third John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity. Endowed by Library of Congress benefactor John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize rewards lifetime achievement in the wide range of disciplines not covered by the Nobel prizes, including history, philosophy, politi...

  • Carol Anderson Added July 30, 2014

    If the White House treats Iran, as Governor Romney claimed last night, “the same way we treated ... apartheid ... South Africa,” then Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his regime, “the greatest national security threat” to the United States, have nothing to worry about.  When, in 1948, the Nazi-loving Nationalist Party came to power in Pretoria and instituted a series of policies that contravened everything the world had learned from taking on Adolf Hitler and the Axis power...

  • Leila Fawaz Added July 30, 2014

    I returned from Beirut, Lebanon this past Sunday, October 21, a Lebanon where a grotesquely huge bomb triggered by cowardly fanatics shattered the tenuous tranquility that the vast majority of ordinary Lebanese crave, in the process murdering some eight people while wounding around 100 civilians – the actual numbers are not yet clear. And so, despite the seemingly deep differences between the president and the governor, I couldn’t help but reflect during the debate on American de...

  • Max Paul Friedman Added July 30, 2014

    As moderator Bob Schieffer observed, a debate held during the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis can offer compelling reminders, but President Obama and Governor Romney seemed to be reading outdated books. In the conventional telling, President Kennedy’s triumph came from his willingness to threaten war to force his adversary to back down from a nuclear threat. That narrative encouraged subsequent presidents to try graduated escalation in Vietnam and Iraq, and now undergirds th...

  • Richard H. Immerman Added July 30, 2014

    The maxim that foreign policy does not matter in U.S. presidential elections is not an absolute. In just the recent past one can cite 1968-1972, and 2004-08 as exceptions, although how decisive foreign policy was in each case remains cause for debate. Assessing 2008 is particularly complicated. Barack Obama purposely and effectively exploited the wide-spread disillusionment with the war in Iraq. Yet in matters of foreign policy, he was an innocent compared to John McCain—and for that mat...

  • Bruce Cole to Leave the NEH in 2009 Added July 30, 2014

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that Bruce Cole will leave the endowment in January 2009, on the expiration of his second term in office, to join the American Revolution Center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, as its president and CEO. During his long tenure, which started in 2001, the NEH launched many humanities programs, including “We the People” and “Picturing America.” Under Cole’s leadership, the NEH led the application of digital te...

  • New Executive Director of the National Coalition for History Selected Added July 30, 2014

    The policy board of the National Coalition for History has reached an "enthusiastic and unanimous agreement" in the selection of Leland J. White, currently director of government relations for the National Society of Professional Engineers as the new executive director of the coalition to replace R. Bruce Craig who is moving to Canada at the end of the year. White, an attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in government relations with membership associations, as well as several years in...

  • Introducing AHA Communities: An Online Hub for Historians Added July 30, 2014

    Want to organize a panel for the 129th annual meeting, but don't know where to start? Are you a member of a graduate student organization who wants to connect with other student associations in the US? Or maybe you are a department chair who is trying to re-­think tenure and promotion criteria and wants to share ideas. In the spirit of dialog and discovery, we are proud to launch AHA Communities , a new platform for online communication and collaboration. AHA Communities will serve as a n...