Good morning, friends–today’s post is a front line dispatch from my faithful correspondent Classy Claude, who is in Washington, D.C. at the Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting. Yesterday, he attended a star-studded panel, “State of the Field: History of Women/Gender/Sexuality,” and reports that the panel and the audience ended up discussing the question, “are undergraduates interested at all in women’s history these days?” Great question, Claude! Everyone else, read through his report and join in the conversation below.
Classy Claude checking in from the OAH, this year in Washington, DC. First of all, it is HOT here! I arrived yesterday and as the plane was coming in for a landing the pilot informed us that the high was 90 degrees. [Ed. note: Claude--take off the suit and tie!] This unseasonable warmth also seems to have produced a remarkably high pollen count. I went for a run yesterday upon arrival and at the end my eyes were so red and bloodshot that Classy Claude looked more like Cannabis Claude. And the sneezing!
But on to matters historical… Most of my day was filled up with grad school friend reunions but I did make it to one of the OAH’s “state of the field panels,” this one of particular interest both to myself and other Historiann readers: Women/Gender/Sexuality. The panel was moderated by Robert Self and was comprised of Nancy Cott, Nayan Shah, Stephanie McCurry, Regina Kunzel (who was ill and whose comments were delivered by Self), and Brenda Stevenson (Iris Stevenson, a DC attorney, delivered the paper that her sister, recovering from an ankle injury, was unable to give herself). Continue Reading »