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Vote on Proposition for AIHA Name Change

(Aug 05, 2011)

Dear AIHA Member, in 1997 members of the American Italian Historical Association voted down a proposal to change the association's name. Since then, as one might expect, the membership itself has changed. In recent years talk of renaming has reemerged. Last year AIHA's Executive Council, led by President Josephine Gattuso Hendin, once again broached the subject and considered alternatives. The consensus choice of Council members was the Italian American Studies Association. This year AIHA once again put to a membership vote a proposal to change the association's name. This time the vote passed by a wide margin.
Nearly seventy-eight per cent of members who voted cast their ballots in favor of the change. As a result, beginning in 2012 AIHA will be known as IASA, the Italian American Studies Association. I firmly believe, as I hope you do, that our new name will more clearly represent the nature of our work. Thank you for your participation in the vote and all things AIHA (IASA).
Sincerely,
George Guida, President
The American Italian Historical Association
(posted 8/2011)