Academic journal article World History Bulletin

Letter from the President

Academic journal article World History Bulletin

Letter from the President

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18 November 2008

Dear Friends,

From convening in London to address "Global Cities" and "The Sea: Highway of Change," we are off to the great port city of Salem, Massachusetts, for our next gathering and our next theme: "Merchants and Missionaries: Trade and Religion in World History. " I hope all of us will find our way to this "farthest port of the rich East," June 25-28, 2009, for the 18th World History Association Conference.

For those of you who did not make it to merry old England this past June, you missed out on are remarkable meeting. Thanks to our gracious host, Queen Mary College, University of London, the local and international participants, the book exhibits and exhibitors, we had one of the best WHA meetings I have ever attended. An added bonus was the number of colleagues I met from London and elsewhere in Europe that I had not encountered before. Our international meetings also have away of attracting first-timers from North America, which is always good to see as well.

There were many highlights at our London gathering, including excellent keynote addresses by Leonard Blusse of Leiden University and Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, of Queen Mary and Tufts University, and excellent panels at every time slot every day. My favorite panels--that is, the ones I attended--ranged from many fine sessions that were variations on the theme of seas and global cities to panels on such aspects of world history as the teaching of world history in China, medical history, and marginal groups of one sort or another As always, our deliberations showcased faculty from a diversity of institutions, not only geographically but also educationally, fromK-12 schools to PhD producing universities. …

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