Needless to say, we in the Messiah College History Department and those associated with the NEH-funded Messiah College Center for Public Humanities are very exciting to be spending a few days in February with Anthony Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton and outgoing president of the American Historical Association. Grafton will be the keynote speaker at our annual “Humanities Symposium,” but he will also be spending some time with our history faculty and students.
While we at Messiah await Grafton’s arrival, let me recommend this “conversation” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Here is a taste:
“The most Luddite person you can imagine” is how Anthony T. Grafton describes himself. But it’s in part thanks to Mr. Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton University, that the American Historical Association has finally put digital-humanities scholarship on its agenda.
Mr. Grafton just stepped down as president of the association, after a year of energetic public campaigning to get both the group and the discipline to broaden their horizons.
At the association’s annual meeting, held this past Thursday through Sunday in Chicago, Mr. Grafton appeared to be everywhere, moderating panels and plenaries, delivering a typically engaging and erudite lecture on Francis Daniel Pastorius and “The Republic of Letters in the American Colonies,” and praising colleagues’ scholarship and professional contributions as “extraordinary” at every turn.
The Chronicle sat down with Mr. Grafton in Chicago to talk about his presidential year, scholarly directions in the field, the push to rethink graduate education and history careers, and the work that remains to be done.
Read the rest here.