NHC Panels at the AHA Annual Meeting
During the 2020 AHA annual meeting, the NHC will be hosting eleven panels and a reception. All events are open to AHA members and more information can be found online here. The information for the NHC specific events are below.
Friday, January 3, 2020
- Roundtable: Brexit and Embers of Empire; 1:30-3:00 pm
- Roundtable: Between Humanitarianism and Closure: International Refugee Policies since the Late 1970s; 3:30-5:00 pm
Saturday, January 4, 2020
- America’s National Libraries: Hubs for Collaboration and Research; 8:30-10:00 am
- Roundtable: An International Consortium of History and Policy Programs; 10:30 am-12:00 pm
- Roundtable: How Historians and Journalists Can Work Together; 1:30-3:00 pm
- The Third Globalization and Its Aftermath; 3:30-5:00 pm
Sunday, January 5, 2020
- Roundtable: Food (in)Security: Responses and Resilience to Famine in the Middle East; 10:30 am-12:00 pm
- Workshop: Teaching History’s Relevance to Policy: Applying the History and Policy Education Program to the Classroom and the Community; 1:30-3:00 pm
- Roundtable: Vast Early America and American Exceptionalism; 3:30-5:00 pm
Monday, January 6, 2020
- Tourism, War, and Peace; 9:00-10:20 am
National History Center Reception
National History Center of the American Historical Association Reception Sunday, January 5, 2020: 7:00-8:00 pm
Sutton North Room (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Topic: Historical Perspectives on Congressional Oversight of Presidential Misconduct
Date: December 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Location: 2186 Rayburn Office Building
The current impeachment proceedings in the House are the latest iteration of a long history of Congressional actions to assert oversight of presidents accused of misconduct. That history will be discussed in this briefing by several leading historians of American presidents and politics. All are invited and please RSVP here or send an email to Rachel Wheatley at email@example.com.
Moderator: Dr. James M. Banner Jr., George Washington University
Speakers: Dr. Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Purdue University
Drawing upon the model of the Congressional Briefing series and some of the examples from the History and Policy Education Program, Corey M. Brooks, Associate Professor of History at York College of Pennsylvania, developed a new course, “Policy and History in York” for the Spring 2019 semester. His full reflections can be found here.
On a May night in downtown York, Pennsylvania, two blocks from city hall, I sat quietly as seven of my York College undergraduates expounded to politicians and community leaders on the histories of poverty in our community and of policy responses that had in years past attempted (and often failed) to meaningfully alleviate this deep-rooted problem. Speaking for 90 minutes on subtopics they had selected themselves and researched over the course of a semester, these students together unfolded several key facets of the history of poverty policy in York. The audience responded with rapt attention, as student research informed and energized attendees, including the city’s mayor, the city council president, the local constituent services director for the area’s U. S. Representative, and the CEO of York County’s official Community Action Agency. After concluding their prepared remarks, students handled difficult, thought-provoking audience questions with comfort and skill. Each student stood a little taller later that night as they mingled with local policymakers and college faculty. In the process, they celebrated their hard work—work that might tangibly contribute to a community in which they now felt increasingly invested.
The group had traveled quite a distance from our first class meeting in January. At the outset, the students had little idea where they would direct their energies and widely varying experiences with history research, policy analysis, and local community engagement. Guiding these students from that starting point to the final briefing event was perhaps the most demanding and most fulfilling teaching experience of my nine years at York College of Pennsylvania. In this new “Policy and History in York” course, modeled on the National History Center’s congressional briefings, I challenged students to conduct the research necessary to become experts on the local history of policies that concern our community. They then would have to work as a team to build and present a shared briefing for local decision makers.
I conceived of this course for two main reasons. The first was in response to the all too ubiquitous questioning, including (especially) in higher education itself, of the relevance of historical research. Here was a course in which students would show peers, faculty, and the broader community how historical research could be brought to bear to contextualize current challenges.Continue reading Policy and History in York, PA: College Students Brief Local Leaders
Topic: The Geopolitics of Middle East Oil: Historical Perspectives on the Current Crisis
Date: November 4, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am EST
Location: 2043 Rayburn Office Building
The recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian gulf and Saudi oil refineries serve as a stark reminder of the global economy’s dependence on petroleum from this politically unstable region. This briefing, which brings together several leading historians of the subject, will explain how the Middle East oil industry assumed such importance in international affairs and American foreign policy. All are invited and please send RSVPs to Rachel Wheatley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moderator: Dr. David Painter, Georgetown University
Speakers: Dr. Anand Toprani, US Naval War College and Dr. Nathan Citino, Rice University