History

Historians and language professors discuss advising at recent conferences

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Historians and language professors discuss strategies for improving advising and graduate education in general at recent annual meetings.

Do historians miss the ideals of assessment, as some have suggested?

Historians discuss efforts to evaluate student learning far beyond a grade.

New analysis of history-major data says the field is at a 'new low.' Can it be saved?

New analysis of history-major data says the field has fallen to "new low." Can it be saved?

Historians announce their 2020 annual meeting won't have a general theme, to avoid "acrobatics" to fit it

Historians announce their 2020 annual meeting won't have a general theme, to avoid "acrobatics" to fit it. Some like the idea and say that themes are pointless, while others say framing topics help make meetings and even disciplines more cohesive.

American Historical Association report reveals harassment and demeaning behavior at its meetings

Historians join political scientists in documenting the unprofessional and illegal behavior women experience at annual gatherings.

New UVA report brings Thomas Jefferson's racist past into the light

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The University of Virginia has long promoted ideas about Thomas Jefferson that glossed over his racist beliefs and ownership of slaves. New report by the university explores the more insidious side of his legacy.

Historian's 'quit lit' essay rejects notion that leaving higher ed equals personal failure

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Historian’s “quit lit” essay asks readers to consider what’s lost -- personally but especially in terms of disciplinary knowledge -- with so many scholars leaving a broken system behind.

After a major flap, history's premier journal announces series of changes aimed at diversifying viewpoints and contributors

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After a major editorial flap, history's premier journal announces a series of changes aimed at diversifying viewpoints and contributors.

Professors debate the role of the historian (or lack thereof) in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's Vietnam documentary

Professors debate the role -- or absence -- of the historian in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new Vietnam documentary, concurring that a lack of critical perspective makes the film more milquetoast than masterpiece.

Historians urge departments to enthusiastically and substantively prepare grad students for a range of careers

Historians urge departments to give their graduate students the confidence, skills and support to succeed in whatever career paths they choose. That means going out of their way to avoid implying that nonfaculty jobs are somehow “less than.”

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