News in American History »
Action Alert--Oppose Budget Cuts to Vital History Programs
On May 23, President Trump sent his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request to Congress. As expected, it included devastating cuts to federal history and humanities funding including elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs at the U.S. Department of Education.
House Appropriations Committee subcommittees will be drafting their spending bills between now and the end of June. It is critical that you contact your members of Congress in support of these vital federal programs.
TREC Short-term Travel Awards at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History
To encourage use of its equity-related collections, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History offers 4 short-term travel awards for researchers to come to the Museum and use the Archives Center's 20,000 feet of archival materials. Each recipient is awarded a lump sum of $1,500 to support 10 days of research in residence.
The TREC (Travel Research in Equity Collections) award is intended for research in NMAH collections related to one or more of the following: disability; gender; LGBTQ and sexuality; and race and ethnicity. Researchers may be at any level or rank, from any institution as well as independent scholars, writers, journalists, artists, or film-makers.
From the OAH Executive Director Regarding NEH and President Trump’s FY18 Budget
As many of you already know, the humanities received two pieces of bad news this week. William "Bro" Adams, the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, resigned on Monday, and President Donald Trump's FY18 budget was released with major cuts to and elimination of many programs. As Lee White, executive director of the National Coalition for History (NCH), notes, Congress controls appropriations, Trump's budget has already met with criticism on both sides of the aisle, and the process of passing a budget is lengthy and goes through a number of subcommittees.
2018 OAH Annual Meeting Decisions Now Posted
Decisions for the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12-14, are now posted. If you were included in a proposal, please log into the OAH User portal. The notifications will be at the top of the user portal home page. If you have logged in and do not see your notice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we are using your correct account information. All participants of a pending accept must complete their speaker agreement by July 1 to finalize their acceptance.
We look forward to a very exciting conference in 2018!
Three National Monuments Under Review
Three Pacific Northwest National Monuments have been selected by the Department of the Interior for review--Hanford Reach (Washington), Cascade-Siskiyou (Oregon), and Craters of the Moon (Idaho). Public comment periods opened on May 12. For more information about the sites under review, please click here. Online comments can be submitted here.
Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire - Linda F. Dietz Prize
Each year the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire offers the Linda F. Dietz Prize--$500 and publication of the winning article. The prize is awarded to the best submission written in either French or English by a Canadian graduate student. The article must incorporate original research and meet the scholarly standards of the CJH/ACH. There are no chronological or geographical limits on the content; they welcome submissions from all fields of historical study. Submissions are assessed by the editor to evaluate eligibility prior to double-blind peer review.
Deadline: August 15, 2017. For more information, please visit the journal's website.