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Thursday, April 12

2:45pm-4:15 Shaping San Francisco: The Forms of History

Friday, April 13

9am-12pm Teaching in a Partisan Era ($25 Admission, pre-registration required)
10am-11:30am Crafting Your Book Proposal and Attracting a Publisher (pre-registration required)

Saturday, April 14

10am-11:30am The HistoryMakers VJ Mixtape: Presenting Traditional Oral History in an Innovative Digital Form (pre-registration required)
10am-11:30am Crafting Your Book Proposal and Attracting a Publisher (pre-registration required)

Descriptions

Shaping San Francisco: The Forms of History

Endorsed by the Western History Association

The technological and social trajectory of Shaping San Francisco is a living laboratory demonstrating a variety of contemporary forms in which history is made. We collect and archive primary sources on Foundsf.org along with excerpts from books and original essays, thereby doing double duty as both a repository of historical materials for future historians as well as an interpretive site for understanding how we arrived at this juncture. We also produce two seasons annually of Public Talks and walking and bicycle tours. This demonstration workshop will convene a critical discussion to illuminate and challenge the limits of the project.

Some of the questions we hope to discuss are:
1. The role of “amateur” history production vs. that done by “professionals.”
2. Journalism as the first draft of history—mainstream newspapers and neighborhood newspapers
3. Objectivity and neutrality in history production: false goals?
4. Browsing as narration, and the loss of coherence.
5. If multiple points of view, multiple voices are the proper way to frame historical information is there a role for the Grand Narrative?
6. Curriculum standards and public history—inevitable conflict?

Chair: Chris Carlsson, Shaping San Francisco

Panelists:
• Chris Carlsson, Shaping San Francisco
• LisaRuth Elliott, co-director, Shaping San Francisco/Foundsf.org

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Teaching in a Partisan Era

Solicited by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges
Cost: $25 | Limited to 40 people

The Committee on Community Colleges is hosting a teaching-oriented workshop for the 2018 OAH meeting in Sacramento, California. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Teaching in an Era of Partisanship.” All of us have dealt with partisanship throughout our careers, but the recent election, advent of fake news, and hardening and broadening of media along partisan lines has made it increasingly challenging for teachers and professors to deal with controversial material. Yet, deal with it we must, since controversy is inherent in teaching meaningful history. We encounter a variety of students across the country and encourage instructors from a wide range of demographics to submit a paper. 
Panelists will present and discuss their creative lectures, lessons and activities that use history to focus on filtering information or recognizing bias, or help to put this hyper-partisan era of fragmented media in historical perspective. 
The panel will include 3-4 presenters a Q & A session and lunch with a keynote speaker.

Chair: Cameron Addis, Austin Community College
Presenters:
Traversing Partisanship and Teaching Peace and Justice in the US History Survey
Andrew Barbero, Pensacola State College

Fiction v Facts: Juxtaposing the Media, Hollywood, and Oral Histories to Uncover the “Truth” Behind Warfare
Lynne Nelson Manion

Campus Climate: Red and Blue Together
Elizabeth Hohl, Fairfield University

Lunch Keynote: David E. Shi,

David E. Shi, former President of Furman University, is a specialist in intellectual and cultural history. In addition to numerous essays, his books include Matthew Josephson, Bourgeois Bohemian (Yale University Press, 1980), The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture (Oxford University Press, 1985), which was a History Book Club selection, and Facing Facts: Realism in American Thought and Culture, 1850-1920 (Oxford University Press, 1994). He is also co-author, with the late George B. Tindall, of the best-selling textbook America: a Narrative History (W. W. Norton). Professor Shi served at the chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Among his numerous awards, he received the 2003 Presidential Leadership Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Admission price: $25

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Crafting Your Book Proposal and Attracting a Publisher

Solicited by OAH CareerCoach

During this workshop, you'll learn to:

  • determine if a book is the right publishing option for you
  • identify the publishers which can best serve your goals
  • create a book proposal that highlights your expertise and the unique features of your research
  • craft a cover letter that captures an editor's attention

Melody Herr is a seasoned publishing professional with more than 16 years of experience as an acquiring editor for university presses and a reputation for a personal touch. She has coached authors working in fields ranging from political science, law, and international relations to regional history, legal history, and general US history. An author herself, she has published nonfiction and historical fiction for young readers as well as scholarly work. Currently, she serves as Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications at the University of Arkansas where she continues to serve researchers and scholars in diverse fields. 

Presenter:
• Melody Herr, University of Arkansas

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The HistoryMakers VJ Mixtape: Presenting Traditional Oral History in an Innovative Digital Form

Solicited by the HistoryMakers

Innovative uses of digital archives are the driving force behind a new wave of public history, and The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is leading that charge. In this workshop, participants will be given an overview of The HistoryMakers unique life oral history interview format by Founder & Executive Director Julieanna Richardson, as well as a look into the methods used in training The HistoryMakers interviewers. In addition, real world examples of the Digital Archive’s uses in teaching and scholarship will be provided by professors currently employing it in their classrooms. Workshop participants will be guided through an exploration of the Digital Archive, which combines traditional oral history and state of the art technology to present history in a more engaging form, and will be allowed to create their own “VJ Mixtape” – a curated playlist of interview segments from the Digital Archive around a chosen topic or theme. Mixtapes on policing in America, reflections on African American experiences with the Classics, the transformative power of reading as a learning tool, and intersectionality in the lives of black women have already been created by scholars and will be available for workshop participants to view.

Presenters:
• Julieanna Richardson, The HistoryMakers
• TBD

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Crafting Your Book Proposal and Attracting a Publisher

Solicited by OAH CareerCoach

During this workshop, you'll learn to:

  • determine if a book is the right publishing option for you
  • identify the publishers which can best serve your goals
  • create a book proposal that highlights your expertise and the unique features of your research
  • craft a cover letter that captures an editor's attention

Melody Herr is a seasoned publishing professional with more than 16 years of experience as an acquiring editor for university presses and a reputation for a personal touch. She has coached authors working in fields ranging from political science, law, and international relations to regional history, legal history, and general US history. An author herself, she has published nonfiction and historical fiction for young readers as well as scholarly work. Currently, she serves as Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications at the University of Arkansas where she continues to serve researchers and scholars in diverse fields. 

Presenter:
• Melody Herr, University of Arkansas

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