Mooks talking MOOCs: Our AHA MOOC panel comments are now online at Perspectives

And guess how I learned this?  Through the Twitter machine, when I saw Jonathan Rees tweet a link to his contribution, “The Taylorization of the Historians’ Workplace.”  (Regular readers will recall that Jonathan put together a panel on “How Should Historians Respond to MOOCs” at 2014 annual conference of the American Historical Association in Washington, … Continue reading Mooks talking MOOCs: Our AHA MOOC panel comments are now online at Perspectives

What I saw at the AHA 2014: Who are the ladies?

Howdy, friends!  I spent last weekend at the American Historical Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.  Here’s what I saw & did, at least the not-unbloglich parts. Tenured Radical and I had coffee on Friday and then dinner on Saturday and spent the whole time figuring out how to silence and oppress more junior scholars, … Continue reading What I saw at the AHA 2014: Who are the ladies?

AHA Roundtable: Historians’ Perspectives on Web Ethics

Howdy, friends–today’s post is an invitation for you to click on over to the American Historical Association’s Roundtable, “Historians’ Perspectives on Web Ethics,” a free-range discussion of the ethical and moral responsibilities historians have with respect to our online presence, either as web page hosts, bloggers, commenters, Tweeters, etc.  Many thanks to Vanessa Varin, an … Continue reading AHA Roundtable: Historians’ Perspectives on Web Ethics

A conversation with Chauncey DeVega about guns, masculinity, and the white violent crime epidemic; Gerda Lerner’s life and death; and why I’m okay with skipping the AHA (again!)

Chauncey DeVega called me up a few weeks ago to talk about the Newtown murders, and in particular about the deep historical connection between white masculinity and firearms ownership.  We also talked about why Americans can have very different perceptions of physical safety, their own rights, and American history itself.  In any case, you can … Continue reading A conversation with Chauncey DeVega about guns, masculinity, and the white violent crime epidemic; Gerda Lerner’s life and death; and why I’m okay with skipping the AHA (again!)

AHA report part deux, check (it) out now! Hugs and learning for everyone! (Except straight historians.)

UPDATED BELOW Classy Claude has returned from the American Historical Association’s annual conference in San Diego to the wintry climate were he currently resides.  Classes begin tomorrow for Claude–alas, what lessons did the professor learn at the 2010 AHA?  You might be surprised!    I have now returned from San Diego – and leaving was … Continue reading AHA report part deux, check (it) out now! Hugs and learning for everyone! (Except straight historians.)

Historiann EXCLUSIVE: Classy Claude at the AHA in San Diego

Once again, Historiann’s better-traveled and more in-the-loop friend Classy Claude is at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, and has volunteered to report back what he’s seen and heard.  Here, he updates us on the Doug Manchester/Hyatt boycott, a prominent American women’s history panel, and who puts on the best free reception.  Try not to … Continue reading Historiann EXCLUSIVE: Classy Claude at the AHA in San Diego

AHA report: Put on a giant smiley-face mask, if you have to

While I’m waiting for the exclusive report from Classy Claude to be filed from this year’s meeting of the American Historical Association, I thought I’d draw your attention to a comment from The History Enthusiast, who said that everyone in the pit on Thursday was a real Debbie Downer: As a first-timer at the AHA Job Center … Continue reading AHA report: Put on a giant smiley-face mask, if you have to

Tales From the Pit, part deux: Classy Claude files his report on AHA 2009

In academic hiring, universities are represented by two equally important groups:  the job candidates, and the search committees interviewing them.  Classy Claude, an American Studies scholar at Hudson University, spent most of last weekend in the Job Register, also known as “the Pit,” or “the Killing Floor.”  These are his stories: The wireless miraculously appeared … Continue reading Tales From the Pit, part deux: Classy Claude files his report on AHA 2009