The Committee on Women Historians
Breakfast in New York
The AHA’s Committee on Women Historians’ annual networking breakfast provides an exciting and unique opportunity to meet scholars across generations working in all fields. We warmly invite women historians and anyone with an interest in gender history to this year’s breakfast.
The breakfast will be held during the Association’s 129th annual meeting, 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015, in Central Park West room of the Sheraton New York. CWH chair Maria Bucur-Deckard (Indiana University) will preside over the meeting. The breakfast is cosponsored by the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.
The invited speaker, Jacqueline Jones (University of Texas at Austin) will deliver an address entitled: “Women and Social Justice: What’s History Got to Do with It?”
Explaining the focus of her talk, Jones writes: “Over the last few decades, scholars of women’s history have immeasurably enriched our understanding of the past. Yet we might ask whether or not the flourishing field of women’s history has advanced in any meaningful way the cause of social justice for women, in the United States or abroad. What is the relation between women’s historians and their ‘publics’? Is a broad-based knowledge of women’s history among people outside the academy integral to a more just future for all women? If so, what (if any) are the obligations of historians qua public intellectuals?”
Continental breakfast is open to all, but tickets must be purchased when registering for the meeting, or by calling (508) 743-0510 to add tickets to an existing registration. Prepaid tickets will be distributed with the meeting badge at the registration counters. A limited number of tickets may be available at the meeting.
Cost: $35 members, $50 nonmembers, $15 student members, and $25 student nonmembers. AHA members may bring a student nonmember to the breakfast at the student member rate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Brainstorming and Mentoring Session
The Committee on Women Historians cordially invites all interested AHA members to a brainstorming and mentoring session immediately following the breakfast in the Sheraton’s Liberty Suite 3. Small groups will each discuss a different topic or challenge facing women in the discipline, such as life-work balance, junior faculty concerns such as hiring and tenure, career diversity, adjunctification, and mentoring. Conversation will also focus on the mission of the committee as we go forward. In the face of both improvements and continued and new difficulties, what are the urgent tasks for the CWH?