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Historians in the News
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Rick Shenkman is the editor of the History News Network.


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 Program Guide


● Sexual Harassment:  AHA to Survey Its Members By Rick Shenkman

● Do Historians Have a Sexual Harassment Problem? By Rick Shenkman

What is the difference between a journalist and a historian? 

● Historians find parallels between Hitler’s Nazis and today’s “alt-right”

● Reexamining the chaos of 1968 without nostalgia

C-SPAN:  Interviews with historians at the AHA 2018

● Historians urge PhD students to look beyond academic careers

● Historians look back on 1968 tumult and its lasting impact

● Teaching Conservatism in the Age of Trump (Inside Higher Ed)

●  Davidson College President Carol Quillen:  Cultivating a broadly diverse community actually strengthens free inquiry

● Crippling Winter Storm Came at the Worst Possible Time for Conference-Going Academics

Opinion Journalism

● Professors teaching US conservatism baffled by Trump administration (Washington Examiner op ed)

● Historians look to help activists 'resist' immigration control (Campus Reform)

Videos (Go here to see all convention videos)

● Historians and Sexual Harassment: The Challenge for the AHA

● North Korean Nuclear Crisis in History:  An interview with Mitchell Lerner and David P. Fields

● Immigration Control and Resistance: Historicizing the Present Moment, a Conversation between Historians and Activists

● What Should Historians Do in a Time of Crisis? (Radical Historians)

"The Vietnam War" by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick:  An interview with Christian G. Appy and Carolyn Eisenberg

● Should Historians Be Pundits? An interview with Ibram X. Kendi, Nicole Hemmer and Michael Kazin

● Grading Trump:  An interview with Ibram X. Kendi and Michael Kazin

Free Speech on Campus:  Interviews with Carla Hesse and Jonathan Scott Holloway

● Doing History in the Age of Trump: An interview with James Loewen

 Doing History in the Age of Trump:  An interview with Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

● Historians Behaving Badly:  An interview with LSU's Suzanne Lynn Marchand

● The Catalonia Crisis:  Through a Feminist Lens:  An interview with CUNY's Kathryn Mahaney.

● The Year It Became Embarrassing to Fly the Confederate Flag:  An interview with Jim Loewen

Blog and Twitter Posts

Commentary, Not Punditry:  Panel on historians as pundits

Are Historians Pundits? (Clare Potter)

● Plenary Session: The State and Future of the Humanities in the United States

● New Perspectives on Histories of the Slave Trade

● "Someone Sat on the Remote": Teaching Conservatism in an Age of Trump

● AHA 2018 Dispatch: The K-!6 Teaching Charrette

● Spotted in the AHA 2018 Book Exhibit

Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump is Spotted at the American Society of Church History Meeting in D.C.

● A Middle School History Teacher Reflects on Positive Changes in the Historical Profession

● AHA Dispatch: Case Studies in Evangelical Parachurch Ministries

● More Teaching Panels at the 2018 AHA

● Conference on Faith and History Session: "The Bible in American Cultural and Political History"

● AHA 2018 Dispatch: Teaching History in Community Colleges

Sessions Relevant to Events in the News


● The North Korean Nuclear Crisis in History 
 Sunday, January 7, 9:00-10:30 a.m.Thurgood Marshall North (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

● The Confederate Commemorative Landscape: Its Establishment, Revisions, and Future 
11:00 a.m. Thurgood Marshall North (Marriott Wardman Park)

Finished Sessions 


● Contextualizing Catalonia -  the History of Catalan Nationalism and the Spanish Constitution with Respect to the 1st of October 
3:30-5:00 p.m.Marriott Ballroom Salon 1 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)


● The Modern Legacy of Premodern Racial and Ethnic Concepts 
Three sessions, morning and afternoon Room Columbia 7 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

 Free Speech on Campus 
8:30 - 10 a.m. Thurgood Marshall North (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

● Commentary, Not Punditry: Historians, Politics, and the Media, a roundtable session
10:30 - 12 noon Thurgood Marshall West (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)

● The National Reach of Reconstruction and “Lost Cause” Mythology in the Civil War Era 
10:30-noon Columbia 5 (Washington Hilton, Terrace Level)

● Beyond Police:  Lessons from History 
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Marriott Wardman Park, Madison Room A

● The Culture Wars of the Texas K–12 Schoolbooks 
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Delaware Suite B (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

● Revolt against Regulation in the Time of Trump: Historical Perspectives 
3:30-5:00 p.m.Blue Room Prefunction (Omni Shoreham Hotel, East Lobby)

 Public Memory: Talking about Slavery at Presidential Plantations 
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Thurgood Marshall North (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level)


● A Fateful Misunderstanding: A Discussion of the Film Documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 
8:30-10:00 a.m.Roosevelt Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

● Historians and Sexual Harassment: The Challenge for the AHA 
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Roosevelt Room 5 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

● “What Should Historians Do in a Time of Crisis?”  H-PAD Public Roundtable at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the AHA 
10:30-12:00, Roosevelt Room 4, Exhibition Level, Washington Marriot Wardman Park.

● Immigration Control and Resistance: Historicizing the Present Moment, a Conversation between Historians and Activists 
  3:30-5:00 p.m.Roosevelt Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

● The State and Future of the Humanities in the United States
8:30 - 9:340 p.m. Marriott Ballroom, Salon 3 (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

History Profession:  Relevant Articles on HNN

Amid Professors’ ‘Doom-and-Gloom Talk,’ Humanities Ph.D. Applications Drop

● Decline in History Majors Continues, Departments Respond By Robert Townsend

For the 3rd year in a row more than 1,000 graduate school degrees awarded in history By Robert Townsend

When a Bid for Tenure Fails, This Is What Bouncing Back Looks Like

● History Is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data By Paul Sturtevant

AHA’s Jim Grossman says history PhDs have a bright future if they pick up these 5 missing skills

● Get Rich. Major in History? By Jennifer Freilach

● What’s Wrong with the Way We Have Been Defending the Humanities By Jeremy C. Young

● What Use Is a Degree in History? By Vaughn Bornet

● The Case for History as a Tool to Change the World By Cody Foster

● So What Are You Doing With that History Major? By Fred Johnson

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