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History Committee Report

Paul Levy, Chair

History Goals:

1. Work with the new editor of TIP to publish the interview that I conducted with Stan Silverman about the beginning of the conference. Lisa Steelman and I are working on this and it should be out in Lisa’s first or second issue.

The Stan Silverman interview was published in TIP this year.

2. I’d like to be involved in ensuring that the Historical Template that I created for the 25th Anniversary conference will continue to be completed for each conference into the future. We need to make this part of our organizational memory. My understanding is that the AO will be responsible for making this happen which is terrific, but I will be available to support this idea as well.

I’m just making myself available to help in this regard; since I sort of started this process I want to make sure that it continues, but will leave it to the AO to implement it.

3. I will spend the bulk of my efforts this year working with former SIOP Presidents encouraging them to write their autobiography. Kurt Kraiger used an email list that I had created this past year to encourage these former Presidents. I intend to follow up on this as often as is necessary to get them completed.

I have an email list and will send out another request for this. Kurt Kraiger sent out a request last year and only heard back from one former President and that person agreed to do it, but has not accomplished it yet. I’m really not sure what else we can do to encourage this. My thinking is that perhaps one of the former Presidents could make a strong pitch for this at the SIOP President’s dinner. The former Presidents might respond to this pitch as opposed to the emails that have been sent in the past couple of years.

1. I will write a TIP article for the April issue.

The article is likely to tie in to the new opening of the Center for the History of Psychology (The Archives of the History of American Psychology, AHAP, is now folded within this Center at the University of Akron).  I will spend some time in the AHAP to research for the article. As I mentioned above, the TIP article will be forthcoming as I am working with Lisa Steelman around dates that seem to make the most sense for TIP. My first article is due February 1 for the April issue.

I also updated my roster of the committee and the committee now includes the following:

Myself, Chair
Chris Rosen (continuing)
Jim Kurtesis (continuing)
Russ Johnson (new member)
Alison Carr (grad student and a new member; she is one of my grad students which means that it will be easy for her to help me with tasks that need to get done).