Friday, December 14, 2012

New Orleans Bound

Thanks to a last minute invitation from the AHA and the encouragement of my academic dean (thanks, Pete!), it looks like I will be making my way to New Orleans (my first visit!) on the first weekend in January.

Planning for the annual meeting of the American Historical Association is always fun.  Last night I spent some time working through the program and trying to develop a schedule for myself.  Here it is:

Thursday 8:00pm:  William Cronon's presidential address: "The Public Practice of History in a Digital Age." As I have written before, I have been particularly inspired by Cronon's presidency.  This will be one of the highlights of the weekend.

Friday 8:30am: "Publishing About Places."  Since I am sitting on on 3/4 of a manuscript about a particular place, I am eager to get some wisdom from these university press editors as to how to get it published.

Friday 10:30am:  A lot of good stuff in this slot, but I will probably use it to browse the book exhibit.

Friday 2:30pm: Evil in America from the Early Republic to the Christian Right  Porterfield, Blum, Worthen and Brekus.  What a lineup!

Saturday 8:00am: Conference on Faith and History breakfast.  An AHA tradition.

Saturday 9:00am:  This is a tough one.  I am either going to go to the CFH session on Darren Dochuks's From Bible Belt to Sunbelt or Clio's Craft: History and Storytelling.

Saturday 12:00pm:  The AHA has invited me to a private lunch with a group of historical bloggers, the AHA staff, and the past and present AHA presidents.  I am honored to be included.

Saturday 2:30pm: H-Net and Public History.  I am becoming more and more interested in the links between digital history and public history.

Sunday 8:30am:  I will probably do some bargain hunting at the book exhibit or else check out Religion, Rhetoric, an Ritual in the Political Culture of the Early American Republic.

Sunday 11:00am:  I am really interested in the session on Teaching Digital Methods for History History Graduate Students.

Of course all of this is subject to change.  See you in New Orleans!