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NEH at the 2018 American Historical Association Annual Meeting

January 2, 2018 | By NEH Staff

Several NEH staff members from across the Endowment’s offices and divisions will be attending the 2018 American Historical Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, from January 4th to January 7th.

We will have an NEH information table in the Marriott Foyer (Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level). Please stop by to say hello to the friendly NEH staff and gather information about our grant opportunities, special initiatives, the EDSITEment project, and our professional development programs. And don't forget to pick up an NEH sticker or button for your laptop or lapel.

If you would like to schedule a time for an individual consultation, please contact the appropriate program staff member (using the email addresses provided in the links below).

As a special treat, on Friday at 3:00 PM and Saturday at 10:00 AM, K12 teachers are invited to meet with Tom Ewing, the director of the  upcoming NEH summer seminar, Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in American and World History. Dr. Ewing is available to answer any questions about this exciting professional development program.

Thursday, January 4

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Digital Projects Lightning Round, Palladian Ballroom (Omni Shoreham, West Lobby)

Jennifer Serventi will be participating in this fun and fast-paced session with a 3-minute talk on NEH and Digital History: What's New for 2018?.

Friday, January 5

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Mining Unexpected Sources: A Roundtable on External Funding for Historians, Washington Room 3 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Hear from representatives from the American Council on Learned Societies, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Whiting Foundation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. After brief presentations, panelists will lead a conversation to help the audience consider how their own work might be an appropriate match.

10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Beyond Grants: Strategies for Becoming Involved in NEH-Funded Projects, Maryland Suite B (Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level)

An opportunity to meet NEH program staff, learn about funding opportunities and special initiatives, and ask questions about the Endowment and all of its programs.  We will be offering suggestions that historians can use to become involved in NEH projects beyond applying for a grant or serving as a project director. 

Chairs:
David Weinstein, Division of Public Programs
Meg Ferris McReynolds, Office of Federal-State Partnership

Panel:
Julia Huston Nguyen, Division of Education Programs
Daniel Sack, Division of Research Programs
Jennifer Serventi, Office of Digital Humanities
Joel Wurl, Division of Preservation and Access

3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Film Screening: Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno, Congressional Room A (Omni Shoreham, West Lobby)

David Weinstein will be introducing this NEH-supported documentary film and participating in a discussion after the screening.

Saturday, January 6

1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Writing History for the General Reader: A Roundtable with Grantees in the NEH Public Scholar Program, Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)

Chaired by Daniel Sack, this roundtable session will feature three historians who have received grants from the NEH Public Scholar Program will discuss their experience writing for a general audience.  Each of these three NEH Public Scholars--AHA members who have also published traditional academic scholarship--has received support for a history book aimed at general readers. If you're interested in doing this kind of work, please join us for this panel.

In addition to these NEH sessions, drop by the Dissertation Lightning Round on Friday, January 5, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm [Roosevelt Room 1 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)] to learn about some exciting history dissertations-in-progress from graduate students and to see Jennifer Serventi wield the famous Triangle of Doom used during the lightning rounds of the annual project directors meeting from the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!  And if you tweet about us at the meeting, don't forget to tag with @NEHgov and #aha18.

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