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Carla Hayden Confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress on July 13, 2016. Dr. Hayden the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. View her confirmation testimony here.

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Seeks Teachers for WWII Project

NHD is seeking 18 experienced educators for a journey to San Francisco, Honolulu, and Manila to research and develop classroom materials for WWII. The travel for this program is fully funded for the teachers, they only have to pay to get to Washington, D.C. Travel overseas, room and board, and courses are all paid for. Deadline for applications is September 2, 2016.

Read more here. 

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


American Library Association and Bazan ED Seek Volunteers

ALA and Bazan ED seek historians knowledgeable about the slave trade in America to volunteer to conduct a free public lecture on the topic of Slaver, Resistance, and Abolition. This free public lecture series will take place at libraries, museums, and schools throughout the United States between August 21 and October 30, 2016, and is inspired by the new film "The Birth of a Nation," which depicts Nat Turner's rebellion.

Click here for more information or to volunteer.

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Phillips Library 2017 Research Fellowships

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of seven research fellowships for 2017. These include six Phillips Library Research Fellowships and one Francis E. Malamy Fellowship. All application materials, including references, must be received by December 15, 2016. All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog. To apply, fill out either the online Fellowship Application Form or the Fellowship Application PDF.

Phillips Library Research Fellowships
Up to six Research Fellowships will be available to scholars who wish to pursue research and publication on topics that make effective and creative use of the library and its special collections. Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. Fellows are expected to make the use of library collections their primary focus during a two to eight week timeframe. Fellows will also be asked to write a blog for the library or to present their research at a brown bag lunch. A stipend of $800.00 will be awarded at the conclusion of the fellowship. Additionally, free housing in a studio apartment on the museum campus in Salem, MA, may also be available. The Phillips Library is currently located in a temporary facility in Peabody, MA; successful applicants will need to address transportation between Salem and Peabody.

Francis E. Malamy Fellowship
One recipient will be awarded the Francis E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the library within a three month time-frame. Research must include use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of his/her residency. The recipient will be expected to write a blog for the library or to present his/her research at a brown bag lunch. This fellowship does not include housing.

For More Information: http://www.pem.org/library/fellowships/

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) research fellowship program is committed to providing funding for scholars whose research requires the use of KHS's rich collections. The program supports senior and emerging scholars, including doctoral students, through one-to-four week fellowships ($400 for each week of fellowship residency).

To learn more about the strengths of our holdings, especially our signature collections in the early-American frontier, post–Civil War commemoration, and twentieth-century Appalachia, please visit history.ky.gov/collections.

For application instructions and award requirements, and to learn more about the work of our past fellows, please visit history.ky.gov/research-fellowships. Fellowship applications are due, via email, September 1, 2016 to Dr. Amanda L. Higgins, Amanda.higgins@ky.gov .

Posted: July 18, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Kentucky Historical Society Churchill Weavers Fellowship

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is home to one of the finest weaving archives in the nation—the Churchill Weavers collection. Comprised of more than 30,000 handwoven textiles and related weaving and business records, this collection promises to enrich many areas of scholarship, especially those related to labor history, material culture, the history of 20th century capitalism, and the history of Appalachia.

The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation has provided KHS short-term fellowship funds (one- to four-week residencies at $400.00/week) to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the Churchill Weavers collection. Applications are welcome from independent scholars, college and university teachers, museum professionals, graduate students and scholars working in other related disciplines. Please email applications to Dr. Amanda L. Higgins, Amanda.higgins@ky.gov, by September 1, 2016. Learn more about the Churchill Weavers collection and research fellowship at: http://history.ky.gov/khs-fellowship-guidelines/.

Posted: July 12, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Archie K. Davis Fellowship Recipients, 2016-2017

The North Caroliniana Society has announced the granting of an Archie K. Davis Fellowship to each of the following scholars for 2016-2017: Richard Berman, Oxford Brookes University; Tyler Boulware, West Virginia University; Viccy Coltman, University of Edinburgh; Brian K. Fennessy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Andrea R. Gray, George Mason University; Amanda Kleintop, Northwestern University; William A. Link, University of Florida; Mary McAvoy, Arizona State University; ShaVonte' Mills, Pennsylvania State University; Robert S. Richard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ashley Schmidt, Tulane University; Kimberly B. Sherman, University of St. Andrews; Jason Stroud, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and David C. Williard, University of St. Thomas.

Archie K. Davis Fellowships assist scholars in their travel to sources of North Carolina history. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1.

For More Information: http://www.ncsociety.org

Posted: June 30, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


2016 Oral History Association Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the 2016 Oral History Association annual meeting! The 2016 meeting will capture the spirit of the first National Colloquium on Oral History in 1966 by introducing lively theoretical and methodological discussion space, examining current and ongoing work, as well as looking toward the future of the field.

The theme of "OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions and Technologies from the Field" is well represented in this year's programmatic line-up. The Oct. 12-16 meeting will have more than 100 sessions, including wide-ranging topics relevant to oral historians' work in such diverse areas as archives and collection management, social justice, public history and education.

Also this year we welcome Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) members in the first joint meeting of the two organizations. Keep an eye out for SOHA-designated presentations, with a good dose of local and regional topics.

Exclusive to 2016 is a track, sponsored by the 50th Anniversary Task Force, devoted to seminal points in the oral history field as public space for discourse on the state and future of various key movements.

Join us at the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday evening during the conference. Attendees will be mingling with the jellyfish and penguins as we celebrate 50 great years of the Oral History Association with a buffet dinner, drinks, and a lively program.

We welcome all to attend this special meeting! For information on conference rates, housing, workshops, and tours, see Annual Meeting.

Posted: June 28, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships 2017-18

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials.

Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; a stipend and travel expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2016. 

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.

For more information: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/become-a-fellow/

Posted: June 24, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Society for Applied Anthropology 77th Annual Meeting

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 77th Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, March 28-April 1, 2017. The theme of the Program is "Trails, Traditions, and New Directions."

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2016. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page (www.sfaa.net, click on "Annual Meeting").

If you have a webpage for links, please add the following:

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce our 77th Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, March 28-April 1, 2017.
For meeting information visit www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Melissa Cope
Society for Applied Anthropology
PO Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
405-843-5113
405-843-8553 (fax)
melissa@sfaa.net

Posted: June 23, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Oppose Cuts to Federal Funding for International Education

House and Senate Appropriations Committees are in the process of finalizing fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Department of Education funding bills. Unfortunately, severe cuts to Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs are on the table.

The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill that recently cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee would fund Title VI (A&B) Domestic Programs at $65 million and Fulbright-Hays Overseas Programs at $2.1 million for FY17. While this reflects level funding from FY16 for Title VI, the Fulbright-Hays program would be slashed by $4.9 million, or a 69 percent cut. Perhaps even more important, the Senate bill, if enacted by Congress, would represent a massive $58.63 million cut over a six year period, a 47 percent reduction, since the FY10 high point for Title VI/Fulbright-Hays.

Act now to tell House appropriators that international education programs are crucial for educating U.S. students for our interconnected world and training experts in foreign languages and cultures! Please follow this link to the National Humanities Alliance's legislative alert center where you can contact your Representative and tell them to oppose these cuts. If possible, we strongly encourage you to personalize this message, telling Congress why these programs are important to you, your institution, your field, state, or district.

Posted: June 17, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


Urge the Senate to Confirm Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress

President Obama's nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to become the 14th Librarian of Congress is pending before the U.S. Senate and may be voted on at any time. We are asking you to contact your senators and urge them to support her confirmation and that a vote be scheduled as soon as possible so she can assume her position, which has been vacant since October 2015. Dr. Hayden would become the first woman and the first African-American to lead the Library of Congress. She would also be the first librarian to serve in the post in 60 years. Please contact your U.S. Senators in support of Dr. Hayden's nomination today!

Please follow this link to the National Humanities Alliance's legislative alert center where you can contact your U.S. Senators and urge their support of Dr. Hayden's nomination. If possible, we strongly encourage you to personalize this message, telling your senators why the Library of Congress is important to your work, your institution, or your field.

Alternatively, you can call your senators through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. You can find a list of your state's senators through the U.S. Senate's website at www.senate.gov/contact

Posted: June 17, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy


International Conference on the Blues

Delta State University is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, workshops, and clinics for the Third Annual International Conference on the Blues, which will be held October 2 – 4, 2016.
Topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome: African American musical tradition and its influence on American music and culture; the Blues; folklore; history; ethnicity; and the Delta. Topics of interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Papers are invited from all blues scholars, with a particular emphasis on young and emerging scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty), as well as established scholars, authors, performers, blues enthusiasts, and independent researchers. A prize will be awarded to the outstanding young scholar paper.

You are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations, lecture-performances, panels, performances, and workshops. Offers to serve as moderators are also welcome. Papers will be 20 minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion, and should address a general audience. Proposals must be submitted online via www.deltastate.edu/blues.

Please include a description of the presentation, audio/visual equipment needs, and biographical information for all presenters. Please note that not all A/V requests will be granted. Presenters agree to appear at the conference at their own expense, which will include registration fees.

For more information, please contact Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell at blues@deltastate.edu or visit www.deltastate.edu/blues.
The International Conference on the Blues consists of three days of intense academic and scholarly activity and music. This annual conference falls in between the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi and the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas.

Academic presentations, Blues performances, a "Blues in the Round" jam session, and excursions to local historical attractions add appeal for all audiences. Cleveland, Mississippi, recently named by Smithsonian Magazine as #2 of the top 20 small cities to visit in the country, is located 45 minutes from the Greenville (MS) Airport and approximately two hours from the Memphis (TN) and Jackson (MS) airports. Cleveland is home to Delta State University and the recently-opened GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and is a ten minute drive from renowned Blues sights including Dockery Farms and Po' Monkey's Lounge.

Posted: June 14, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The Middle East Refugee Crisis in Historical Context: Teaching for Understanding

The University of Oklahoma is providing a three-day workshop entitled The Middle East Refugee Crisis in Historical Context: Teaching for Understanding. OAH Distinguished Lecturer Andy Mink will be speaking, as well as speakers from Qatar Foundation International, the National Council for History Education, and the Insitute for the Study of International Migration. Middle school and high school teachers are invited to attend this free professional development experience.

Learn more here>>

Registration is free and must be done through the workshop's registration page.

Posted: May 27, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Rebecca Jo Plant Named as 2015 Recipient of Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Article Prize

The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians has chosen OAH member Rebecca Jo Plant, along with her co-author Frances Clarke, as the 2015 recipients of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historian's Article Prize for their article "The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," published in by the Journal of American History 102: 2 (September 2015). This prize is given annually for "an article in the fields of the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality".

In making the award, the Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Jennifer Nelson (University of Redlands), noted in their citation:

Plant and Clarke highlight the decline in African American status in interwar years, focusing on the "largely forgotten ... discriminatory treatment" of mothers and widows of fallen United States soldiers. The federal government-sponsored segregated pilgrimages to Europe from 1930 to 1933 to visit the bodies of their fallen kin became part of an emotionally fraught debate over the limitations of citizenship rights of African Americans, claims of which had pivoted on notions of masculinity. Pressured to boycott the pilgrimages, the "so-called ordinary women" were "forced ...to weigh powerful appeals to racial solidarity against deeply felt personal commitments and desires," which often "signaled their independence from black leaders." The article prize committee believes that Plant and Clark compellingly give historical voice to African American women seldom heard from and whose perspectives "harbor[ed] dreams of a radically transformed society."

Posted: May 27, 2016
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference

The OAH is pleased once again to partner with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference, which will be held this year June 13-16, 2016.

More information about this year's meeting, including a schedule and registration information, can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


National Council on Public History 2017 Annual Meeting

"The Middle: Where did we come from? Where are we going?"
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
Indianapolis, Indiana | April 19-22, 2017
The Call for Proposals is open through July 15, 2016 at http://ncph.org/conference/2017-annual-meeting/.

Deadline: July 15, 2016 for final proposals. To solicit feedback or find collaborators, submit an early topic proposal by June 1, 2016.

The National Council on Public History will meet in Indianapolis, Indiana April 19-22, 2017, to consider "The Middle," and we need your ideas to make this meeting a success. If your work involves exploring history with non-academic audiences –whether through museums, historic preservation, government work, libraries and archives, tourism, cultural resources management, history education, art, digital history, or community history – or training historians to do the same, NCPH's annual meeting is your natural home.

In a society fascinated by extremes, the middle is often undervalued, overlooked, and unstudied. Public historians, however, tend to engage in work that addresses the interests and concerns of the wide-ranging public, not just the select. For public historians, the middle can be a delightful but challenging place. The concerns of the masses, not just the elite; the swirling firmament of the center of a story, not only the clearness of the beginning or end; the quotidian, not the extraordinary; is always ripe with ambiguity and importance. But who controls and speaks for the middle? How one parses the middle, and who gets to tell the story, is challenging and difficult.

We welcome submissions from all areas of the field; proposals may address any area of public history, but we especially welcome submissions which relate to our theme. Sessions are 1.5 hours; significant time for audience discussion should be included in every session. We urge participants to dispense with the reading of papers.

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History

To be awarded for twelve months' residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative's ongoing projects in other ways.

Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 17 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters.

The fellowship will be awarded and all applicants notified by mid-January. The Fellowship will begin July 1.

Applications should be received no later than October 17 and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Please direct your recommenders to visit: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship

This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty.

The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University's libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.

For more information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research.

Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University's libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.

For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: May 23, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships