This is my last report as president of the Midwest World History Association. It has been a great honor and a wonderful experience to have served as president these last two years, but it is now time for the second MWWHA administration to take the reins. The affiliate is going to be in the best of hands too! Starting January 1, 2012, Tammy Proctor from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio will be taking over the presidency. Three other newly elected officers will begin their terms as well: Jodi Eastberg from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the new vice-president, Jeanne Grant from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota is the new secretary, and Tom Barker from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas is the new treasurer.
2011 has been a great year for the Midwest World History Association. We held our second annual conference at Alverno College in Milwaukee on September 16 -18. Our theme was “Harmony and Discord: Making Connections in World History,” and the conference was held in conjunction with Alverno’s 7th Annual Global Union Festival. We had 16 panels and 85 conferees; also, publishers’ representatives from Bedford, Pearson, and the University of Georgia Press were present.
We are currently planning our third conference. It will be held jointly with the inaugural conference of the International Big History Association at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan on August 2 – 5, 2012. The MWWHA conference theme is "The Reshaping of Planet Earth: Connections Between Humans and the Environment in World History." The CFP has been issued.
We have identified a site for our fourth conference in 2013. It will be held at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
We conducted our first competitive membership-wide election in December, and, as already mentioned, the new officers will begin their two-year terms on January 1, 2012.
We have developed a flash website accessible through a link on the home page of the regular non-flash site. The URL http://mwwha.org/
that we have always maintained will always link to the non-flash site. Ready access to the flash site is designed for those who want to take advantage of the increased speed, improved graphics, and video enhancement that flash offers.
We have produced a Wikipedia article for MWWHA that we continue to edit and update.
Our online Middle Ground Journal has published its second full issue, and under the expert guidance of Chief Editor Hong-Ming Liang and the entire editorial staff, it continues to flourish and to establish ambitious and important connections with other journals and institutions throughout the world.
We have streamlined our membership dues database so that payment reminders are e-mailed monthly based on each member’s original date of joining.
In closing, I want to thank everyone in the MWWHA for your support over these first two years. I also want to thank the World History Association for its generous support in all of our efforts. But I would be remiss in my responsibilities as current -- though quite soon to be former -- president, if I did not encourage members to continue your fine support; also, I want to encourage new members to join the MWWHA because it is through membership support that the Midwest World History Association will continue to flourish in its vital mission to advance the study of world history. Furthermore, The MWWHA gives world historians across the Midwest a great opportunity to keep in touch with one another, especially through our annual conferences, and it is through the medium of our Middle Ground Journal that we expand our connections with world historians from everywhere around the globe.
It has been a great two years, and the future of the MWWHA will prove to be only greater!
Thanks for everything,
*Editor's Note*: The MWWHA and this journal would not exist without Professor Jentz's persistence, guidance, and optimism. All of us in the world history community owe him a great debt of gratitude. HML