Word arrives that Boston University will be the new home of the breakaway Historical Society, a 750-member group of historians protesting the "politicization and trivialization" of their discipline by the larger American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. The society thus becomes the second major academic liberal arts organization to find a home on the Silber side of the Charles. The 1,800-member Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, a stop-the-madness group of academics disaffected with the faddish critical trends espoused by the larger Modern Language Association, is dominated by BU types.
The brainchild of Atlanta University historian Eugene Genovese and Yale classicist Donald Kagan, the five-month-old society was casting about for a home when BU stepped forward. President Jon Westling has offered the society office space and a faculty appointment for a historian to teach and work as executive director for the group. In May, BU will host the society's first national conference. "The university has been extraordinarily generous," says Genovese.
Local eminentos who have thrown in with the Historical Society include MIT's Pauline Maier, Mary Lefkowitz of Wellesley, Morton Keller of Brand X -- sorry -- Brandeis, BU's William Keylor, and Oscar Handlin, Richard Pipes, and John Womack of Harvard. The loved ones