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Action Alert: National Humanities Alliance

Posted: 08/26/2015

Act now to prevent deep cuts to funding for international education.

The Senate has proposed deep cuts to Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

These programs are crucial for educating U.S. students for our interconnected world and training experts in foreign languages and cultures.

The proposed cut would slash $25 million (35%) from Title VI and Fulbright-Hays, and it has already passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

This comes after a drastic cut in 2010 and would amount to a 63% reduction over five years!

What's at stake?

  • A steady supply of graduates with deep expertise in foreign languages and cultures, international markets, world regions, and global issues;
  • Our national educational and research capacity in 200 less-commonly-taught languages that are critical to our ability to communicate with communities around the world;
  • Opportunities to strengthen the teaching of foreign languages and cultures at the K-12 level.

Click here for more information on Title VI programs and the status of the appropriations process.

Send a message to Congress now.
We need to speak out now to ensure that the Senate bill does not advance any further. The House appropriations committee has already approved funding at the current level. Your voice will help ensure that these crucial international education programs remain intact.

For more information about the National Humanities Alliance, click here.

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Restore Funding for K-12 History and Civics Education

Posted: 08/21/2015

Negotiations to finalize a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will resume when Congress returns after Labor Day. Quite simply, the Senate bill restores federal funding for K-12 history and civics education while the House bill does not. 

The Organization of American Historians and the National Coalition for History (NCH) urgently need you to contact your member of the House of Representatives. Congressmen Ross (R-FL) and Cicilline (D-RI) have drafted and distributed a sign-on letter urging their colleagues to adopt the history and civics provisions in the Senate's version of the bill.

Please urge your representative to sign the "Dear Colleague" letter supporting key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

Send an email directly to House members!

Follow this link to NCH's website for more information.

To read the full Action Alert, click here.

Call For Proposals: Administrative History Of Golden Spike National Historic Site

Posted: 07/13/2015

The OAH and National Park Service presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Golden Spike National Historic Site, located near Promontory, Utah. Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah.

A complete Scope of Work and information regarding submitting a proposal to complete this work can be found here.

2016 Germany Residency Program

Posted: 07/12/2015

Thanks to a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the OAH International Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of the Germany Residency Program at the University of Tübingen. The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian University interested in leading an advanced undergraduate/graduate student seminar focusing on one aspect of U.S. History. For more information and details on how to apply, visit http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/germany/.

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015

2016 Japan Residencies Program

Posted: 07/11/2015

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2016, pending funding.

The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is hoping for a specialist in Race/Ethnic Relations in the Twentieth-Century United States.

Ritsumeikan University is hoping for a specialist in transpacific history with special interest in transnational circulations of persons, commodities, capital, and information. A specialist of Asian American history and/or U.S.-Japan relations is also welcomed.

For more information and details on how to apply, visit http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/japan/

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015

OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement on Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Shared Governance—and the University of Wisconsin System

Posted: 07/10/2015

The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians strongly supports the statement on academic freedom and tenure issued by more than twenty of our fellow scholarly organizations. The academic freedom secured through tenure and a partnership between faculty and administration in governing standards is a linchpin of intellectual inquiry in American higher education. Together, tenure and shared university governance stand at the heart of advanced research and vigorous teaching, as has been recognized explicitly in Wisconsin since its Board of Regents' report of 1894.

The OAH Executive Committee shares the grave concerns voiced by our fellow scholarly associations that the proposed changes to the University of Wisconsin tenure system will irreparably damage protections for free inquiry in one of the nation's most distinguished public universities, undermining its model achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching. A threat to the continuation of tenure at the University of Wisconsin threatens the vitality of all higher education in the United States, for erosion of academic freedom anywhere threatens free inquiry as a principle and practice everywhere.

The statement from the twenty scholarly associations supported by the OAH Executive Committee can be found here.

Update: The OAH has recieved several letters thanking the Organization for our support.