Notes from the AHA Business MeetingHNN
David A. Walsh is an editor for the History News Network. Rick Shenkman contributed reporting
Outgoing AHA president Anthony Grafton passes
the baton to incoming president Wiliam Cronon
The American Historical Association’s Business Meeting was sparsely attended this year, despite the high profiles of outgoing AHA president Anthony Grafton and incoming president William Cronon—only around forty people turned up. Fortunately, though, one of those in the audience was an HNN correspondent. We present to you bulletins from the AHA Business Meeting:
Finally, the AHA conducted an informal investigation into why its attendance figures are lower than its sister organizations like the Modern Language Association. Anecdotal evidence has suggested that most members’ first meeting is when interviewing for their first jobs, an experience so devastating and traumatic that few come back. The association plans to offer discounts for younger graduate students who are not yet on the job market in order to hook them on the annual meeting before meeting the horrors of the job market.
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