SHA Virtual Programming

SHA Grad Student Workshops

The SHA Membership Committee, in concert with the SHA Grad Council, is excited to institute a new virtual program for grad students. Each academic year, we will host virtual lunchtime workshops around a theme, which will be chosen by the SHA Grad Council. Our hope is that the workshops will build on one another, providing not only information but concrete feedback and guidance. We also hope they will be another avenue of community-building for grad students.

With the SHA's Annual Meeting is coming up this November 9-12 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Grad Council has done a great job coordinating our first session, "How to Make the Most of the Southern." If this is your first time attending the Southern or if you would like to know more about the meeting and get a preview of conference events, join us for this virtual event on Friday, October 20th at Noon EDT. Hear from various SHA council members about best practices for navigating the Southern and how to make the most of your time in Charlotte. There will also be time for Q&A so bring any questions you may have about the conference! Register for the event here

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact the SHA Graduate Council at [email protected] or Kaitlin Simpson at [email protected]

Coffee, Tea, and Confab

Need a cuppa and some good conversation? Join the SHA Membership Committee’s new online Confab sessions. Our goal is to bring folks together in an informal virtual setting to chat, vent, share ideas, or simply meet a few other historians in and of the South.

The first gathering will Friday September 29th at 12pm EDT on Zoom. It will be an open session for all SHA members, where we hope to get input from attendees about what they most want and need from sessions like this. Then, we will decide on future meet-ups that might be specific to junior scholars, topical groups, career stages or types, or other factors. Confabs will be roughly an hour in the late morning Eastern Time on Fridays so folks across the US and across the pond can participate. We look forward to seeing you there!

History Across Generations

This new virtual program will bring together junior and senior scholars to chat about their shared areas of expertise. Two historians at different stages of their career will interview one another through a Zoom webinar in the hopes of learning things new and old about our profession. The chats will not just be between two individuals, as we will encourage audience participation in the hopes of further discovering what different generational experiences might reveal. Indeed, our goal is to bridge the scholarly generational divide, one that is too often reaffirmed and reinforced through institutional practices. There are always new approaches to old questions, old ways that deserve rediscovery, and paths forward that can be charted together.

Our first interview will take place before the annual meeting and will feature our SHA president, Joe Reddy. More information coming soon.

Classic Texts in Southern History

Classic Texts will bring members together to discuss classic texts in Southern history. A panel of experts will discuss the content, context, and meaning of the text, both in the time of its publication and in our own time, and then open to the audience to further explore this canonical work together.

In our first session, we will be exploring the SHA icon and classic text: C. Vann Woodward and his Origins of the New South. To be added to the email list for this and future Classic Text events, please complete this form.