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Federal Funding for History Holds Steady

By Lee White

On December 18, 2015, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. The vote in the House was 316–113; in the Senate, it was 65–33. President Obama signed the bill into law (PL 114-113) the same day.

Across the board, our programs generally were either level-funded or received small increases this fiscal year compared to last. Funding has become a constant issue in recent years, but the fact that our interests survived intact should be considered a victory in this budget climate. Here are some highlights:

Of particular note is level funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The original appropriations bill considered in the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee would have cut NHPRC's FY '16 budget by 40 percent from the FY '15 level of $5 million to $3 million. This crisis allowed NCH to work with the contacts gained from the History Caucus, and the cut was rescinded at the House Appropriations Committee markup. The NHPRC was the only program in the entire bill to have funding restored. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) received $7.3 million in its operating expenses budget.

In addition, level funding for the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education programs should also be considered a major accomplishment. In August, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $25 million (35 percent) reduction for these programs. We worked closely with our allies at the National Humanities Alliance and the Coalition for International Education to successfully advocate against these potentially devastating cuts. In the omnibus FY '16 budget both Title VI ($65.1 million) and Fulbright-Hays ($7.2 million) received level funding.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received a nearly $2 million funding increase, to $147.9 million. This amounts to the first increase in the NEH's budget in the past six years.
The Smithsonian Institution received $21 million more than last year. The Library of Congress will receive a $9 million increase this fiscal year and has seen a $21 million increase over the past two fiscal years. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) received a modest $2.2 million increase.

The Historic Preservation Fund at the National Park Service received a $9 million increase. However, $8 million of that funding is dedicated to a new grant program to preserve Civil Rights Movement historic sites.

In February, the FY '17 appropriations process begins anew. NCH and the historical community will have an additional challenge in ensuring that the new K–12 history and civics education programs that were authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act are fully funded in their first fiscal year.

Lee White is executive director of the National Coalition for History.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession

NEH Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Librarians

Immerse yourself in the world of the Shakers by participating in the NEH L andmarks Workshop "Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies and the Shaker Experience in America." This one-week residential workshop in Upstate New York examines the history, contributions and legacies of the Shaker movement in America in hands-on and minds-on ways. Workshop participants will tour Watervliet Shaker National Historic District (the original Shaker site in America), Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Hancock Shaker Village. We will research historic Shaker documents at the New York State Library and study Shaker objects (furniture, clothing and art) at the New York State Museum. We will also read and discuss scholarly works about Shaker history, religion, culture and art with leading scholars including Robert Emlen of Brown University and Carol Medlicott, author of Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey.

Most important, participating teachers and librarians will share with one and other their own ideas about how to utilize Shaker history and site based learning to teach American history, literature, culture, religion and art to contemporary students.

Details about the workshop including eligibility requirements and the $1200 stipend are available at www.siena.edu/shakerworkshop. Applications are due March 1, 2016. Please contact us with questions at shakerworkshop@siena.edu.

Posted: February 23, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships

Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the MHS collections sometime between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Approximately twenty awards will be made. Short-term fellowships are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent.

Manuscripts form the heart of the collections at the MHS. The Society houses more than 12 million pieces in 3,600 separate collections of personal papers and institutional records. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 10,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 2,500 maps, 120,000 photographs, and 660 works of art.

Apply online at https://www.masshist.org/research/fellowships/short-term Questions? Email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568.

Posted: February 19, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships

American Journalism Historians Association 2016 Call For Papers

The American Journalism Historians Association invites paper entries, panel proposals, and abstracts of research in progress on any facet of media history for its 34th annual convention to be held October 6-8, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Florida. More information on the 2016 AJHA convention is available at ajhaonline.org.

The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2016.

The AJHA views journalism history broadly, embracing print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and other forms of mass communication that have been inextricably intertwined with the human past. Because the AJHA requires presentation of original material, research papers and panels submitted to the convention should not have been submitted to or accepted by another convention or publication.


Authors may submit only one research paper. They also may submit one Research in Progress abstract but only on a significantly different topic. Research entries must be no longer than 25 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, not including notes. The Chicago Manual of Style is recommended but not required.

Papers must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments. Please send the following:
• An email with the attached paper, saved with author identification only in the file name and not in the paper.
• A separate 150-word abstract as a Word attachment (no PDFs) with no author identification.
• Author's info (email address, telephone number, institutional affiliation, and student or faculty status) in the text of the email.

Send papers to ajhapapers@gmail.com.

Authors of accepted papers must register for the convention and attend in order to present their research.

Accepted papers are eligible for several awards, including the following:
David Sloan Award for the outstanding faculty research paper ($250 prize).
Robert Lance Award for outstanding student research paper ($100 prize).
Jean Palmegiano Award for outstanding international/transnational journalism history research paper ($150 prize)
J. William Snorgrass Award for outstanding minority-journalism research paper.
Maurine Beasley Award for outstanding women's-history research paper.
Wally Eberhard Award for outstanding research in media and war.

Research Chair Michael Fuhlhage (michael.fuhlhage@wayne.edu) of Wayne State University is coordinating paper submissions. Authors will be notified in mid-July whether their papers have been accepted.


Preference will be given to proposals that involve the audience and panelists in meaningful discussion or debate on original topics relevant to journalism history. Entries must be no longer than three pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with one-inch margins. Panel participants must register for and attend the convention.

Panel proposals must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word attachments. Please include the following:
• A title and brief description of the topic.
• The moderator and participants' info (name, institutional affiliation, student or faculty status).
• A brief summary of each participant's presentation.

Send proposals to ajhapanels@gmail.com.

No individual may be on more than one panel. Panel organizers must make sure panelists have not agreed to serve on multiple panels. Panel organizers also must secure commitment from panelists to participate before submitting the proposal. Moderators are discussion facilitators and may not serve as panelists. Failure to adhere to the guidelines will lead to rejection of the proposal.

Panelists may submit a research paper and/or research in progress abstract.

Tracy Lucht (tlucht@iastate.edu) of Iowa State University is coordinating the 2016 panel competition.


The Research in Progress category is for work that will NOT be completed before the conference. Participants will give an overview of their research purpose and progress, not a paper presentation, as the category's purpose is to allow for discussion and feedback on work in progress. RIP authors may also submit a research paper on a significantly different topic.

For research in progress submissions, send a blind abstract of your study. Include the proposal title in the abstract. The abstract should include a clear purpose statement as well as a brief description of your primary sources. Abstracts must be no longer than two pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, with 1-inch margins, excluding notes.

Primary sources should be described in detail in another double-spaced page.

Entries that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.

The AJHA Research in Progress competition is administered electronically.
• Proposals must be submitted as PDF or Word attachments, saved with author identification ONLY in the file names and NOT in the text of the proposal.
• Each proposal must be submitted as an attachment, with author's info (name, project title, telephone number, email address, institutional affiliation, and student or faculty status) in the text of the email.

Send research in progress proposals to ajharip@gmail.com.

Authors whose work is accepted must register for and attend the convention.

Melita Garza (melita.garza@tcu.edu) of Texas Christian University is coordinating the 2016 Research in Progress competition.

Posted: February 19, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 2016 Research Funding

These funding programs award grants to scholars engaged in projects studying Congress, politics, or policy issues. The Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics houses Senator Bob Dole's extensive collections which include his 36-year career in the House and Senate. While in residence, scholars will use these collections, which provide extensive documentation on a wide range of legislative, historical, and policy issues.

Research Fellowship
The 2016 Research Fellowship is a $2,500 award and the fellow will be required to conduct research at the Dole Archives for a period of 1-3 weeks between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2016.

Travel Grants
This program is intended to defray costs associated with research-related travel to the Dole Institute and offers reimbursements of up to $750. Awards may be used after July 1, 2016. There is no deadline to apply and applications will be considered until funds are exhausted.

For more information on how to apply, please see http://dolearchives.ku.edu/grants.

Posted: February 19, 2016
Tagged: Grants

Urge the House to Fund K-12 History and Civics Education

In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The "Every Student Succeeds Act" restored funding for K-12 history and civics education that was eliminated five years ago. Unfortunately, when the President's budget request was released on February 9 it did not include appropriations for the major new program source of funding for history and civics.

Left unfunded was a competitive grant program for non-profit organizations to develop and disseminate innovative approaches to provide high quality instruction in American history and civics for under-served students.

Representatives Ross (R-FL) and Graham (D-FL) have circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter to all Members of the House of Representatives, inviting them to sign a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking for funds for these competitive grants.

The OAH and the National Coalition for History (NCH) urgently needs you to contact your representative and ask him or her to sign the Ross/Graham "Dear Colleague" letter supporting funding for history and civics education. Click here to see a copy of the letter.

How to Contact Your Representative

Please call or email your House member's office and urge them to support federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your representative, you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the education field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your congressional district.

Make a phone call. All Members of Congress can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email. If you are not sure who your Representative is you can follow this link to the House's website.
Then enter your zip code which will provide a link to your Member's website. Ask the receptionist for the name of the staffer who handles education funding. Then ask to leave a voice mail, or for the email address of that staffer.

Send an email. The NCH, working with our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance, has prepared a one-step link to your House member. You simply enter your address and the system identifies your representative. We've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your Member's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy

Urban History Association Conference Graduate Student Poster Session

The Urban History Association (UHA) invites graduate students to submit proposals to the inaugural poster session at the Eighth Biennial Urban History Association Conference.

Submissions are due April 1st to hgsa@luc.edu.

Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The German Historical Institute Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The German Historical Institute Washington, DC awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars in the fields of German history, the history of German-American relations, and the history of the role of Germany and the USA in international relations. These fellowships are also available to European doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in the field of American history. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months. The research projects must draw upon primary sources located in the United States. The next deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

For More Information>>

Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships

Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World

University of Montpellier, France
1-2 December, 2016

Keynote Speakers
Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
Christine Chivallon (Research Director, CNRS)

The Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World conference sets out to interrogate how descendants reconstruct the history of their ancestors when transatlantic slavery is one of the variables of the memorial process. The conference also aims at examining the extent to which, by a process of collectivization of personal or family memories and (hi)stories, social actors of the present not only partake in generating and consolidating group identities but also how they foster « the emergence of the memory of slavery in public space. »[8] In addition to assessing the cultural and symbolic redistribution which are enabled by the commemoration, the museification and the patrimonialization of the memory of slavery, this conference aims at probing the constraints which determine the inscription of this memory in the public sphere and the extent to which social demand, especially in the context of the obligation of remembrance, influences the production of historical know ledge and sometimes leads to conflicts of memory.

The themes this conference endeavors to explore include, but are not limited to:
– the history and memory of slavery;
– the memorialization of slavery;
– the canonization of the memory of slavery;
– representation(s) of slavery;
– the commemoration, the museification and the patrimonialization of the memory of slavery;
– places and conditions of the production of knowledge on slavery and its circulation;
– the legacy/cies of slavery and the (re)construction of (collective) identity;
– slavery and genealogy;
– sources and archives on slavery.

Submission guidelines
The languages of the conference are English and French. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in English or French (for papers or panels) and a brief CV mentioning your institutional affiliation to traces2016@gmail.com by February 29, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2016. We welcome papers that cover any region of the Atlantic World as well as proposals for round table discussions.

Conference Organizers:
Lawrence Aje (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier – EMMA)
Nicolas Gachon (Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier – EMMA)

Posted: February 12, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers

AHA Awards and Prizes

The American Historical Association recognizes a wide variety of distinguished historical work, which can take the form of an exceptional book in the field, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, and even on film. Nominations are due May 15. The Association particularly seeks nominations for the Awards for Scholarly and Professional Distinction, including K-12 and postsecondary teaching and mentoring, public history, and individuals and institutions who have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to the history profession.

For More Information: http://historians.org/awards-and-grants/awards-and-prizes

Posted: February 11, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

How Numbers Lie with Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Tracing the genealogy of statistical discourses on race, Khalil Gibran Muhammad explores the violence of racial quantification on black women and men's lives beginning after the Civil War. How did the numbers of out of wedlock childbirths or incarcerated men come to define the progress and potential of African Americans in contrast to others? Why have such facts spoken for themselves? Or have they?

Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. He was recently appointed Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of history, race, and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-khalil-gibran-muhammad-lecture

Posted: February 4, 2016
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

2016 ACLS Public Fellows Program

Expanding the Reach of Doctoral Education in the Humanities
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the sixth annual competition of the Public Fellows program. In 2016, ACLS will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at diverse organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-building initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

In 2016, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:

Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016.

Applications will be accepted starting January 14, 2016, through the ACLS online application system (OFA). All applications must be received by the deadline of March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT. Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp for complete position descriptions and application information.

This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Posted: February 1, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships

CFP Seminars at the Massachusetts Historical Society

Seminar Series Invite Proposals for 2016-2017

The Massachusetts Historical Society invites proposals for 2016-2017 for four of the five seminar series we host each year: the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women and Gender (in collaboration with the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe). Each series focuses on the discussion of a pre-circulated research paper. The essayist and an assigned commentator offer remarks, then the discussion is opened to the floor. To view the current series, please visit http://www.masshist.org/research/seminars

If you wish to be considered for a slot, please send your CV and a one-page précis of your paper by March 15 to Conrad E. Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, or to cwright@masshist.org. Please indicate the series for which you are submitting your proposal and state when your paper will be available for distribution.

Posted: February 1, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers

OAH Members Received Awards at 2016 AHA's Annual Meeting

We would like to congratulate the following OAH members who received awards at the 2016 American Historical Association's Annual Meeting last month.

Posted: February 1, 2016
Tagged: Clio's Kudos

MAC 2016 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students

Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is soliciting applications for the 2016 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latino decent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution's current departmental catalog. Applicants are not required to be residents of or attend school in the MAC region.

Applications are available from the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students Committee Chair.

Alison Stankrauff
Archivist and Associate Librarian
Indiana University South Bend
574 – 520 - 4392

And from the MAC Web site, http://www.midwestarchives.org.

Applying for the Archie Motley Scholarship has gotten easier with our new online application form.

Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2016.
Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

Posted: January 29, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession

AEF Visiting Professor Program 2016

Application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016.

The VPP is a two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. In 2015, 13 professors were hosted by advertising agencies in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and New York City. Whether a professor is placed with an agency, a marketing or media company depends upon his/her area of expertise. The number of placements in the VPP depends upon the number of companies willing to host a professor. Preference is given to professors with little or no industry experience and to those who have not already participated in the program. Professors who are placed should know that programs will differ – no two programs will be alike. Note: The VPP is currently only offered to professors teaching in the United States.

To expose professors to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency, marketing or media company; and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of and appreciation for the industry while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia.

1) An orientation 2) Individual fellowships and 3) a Lunchtime Talk on his/her area of expertise and how it relates to advertising. Talks will be delivered in a TED Talk format – 20 minutes maximum, should include advertising and be concise. Note: With the professor's permission, the Talk may be videotaped for streaming on www.aef.com.

2016 VPP: June 5 -17
Professors are chosen by the VPP Selection Committee will be placed with host companies in Chicago, New York City and other major cities. Apply only if your academic and personal responsibilities allow you to participate for the full two weeks.

Notification: April 2016
Those selected to participate in the program must have a conversation with the host company to discuss mutual objectives prior to the program.

Housing and Expenses
Housing is provided to professors who are traveling from another state. Professors who reside in the host city are expected to provide his/her own housing. All professors will receive a stipend. Professors pay for travel to and from the host city, as well as out-of-pocket expenses.

Visit the On-Campus section on www.aef.com to apply. Complete the VPP application; upload your CV, statement and two-minute video (see details below).

Statement and supporting items
Your statement will help a potential company determine your fit within their organization. Please be concise when making your points and limit your statement to 500 words maximum. It is very important to succinctly communicate the topic of your Lunchtime Talk, which will be delivered in the TED Talk format – 20 minutes (not including Q & A ). Letter of recommendation (on school letterhead) must be mailed and postmarked by January 31, 2016. Letter of recommendation is not accepted via fax or email.

Two-minute video
Your two-minute video will also help a potential company determine your fit within their organization. Videos shot with a cell phone or a computer's webcam are acceptable. We are not looking for sleek, professional videos. Please hold cell phones horizontally when making your video. Videos must cover one of the following topics below:

Final notes

Posted: January 27, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession

Travel Grant Program: The Thomas C. Cundy Fund for World War II Era Research

Honoring the memory and lasting vision of Thomas C. Cundy, Sr. the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University anticipates offering at least one $500 travel grant for scholars and graduate students (ABD) to use the holdings of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience in 2016-2017.

Founded in 1997, the Institute maintains one of the nation's largest archives documenting the human dimension of the Second World War with special emphasis on the role of American servicemen and servicewomen as well as those serving on the home front. Among the noteworthy collections are the Tom Brokaw Collection containing letters, photographs, and manuscripts used in the writing of the Greatest Generation and the Anne and Wayne Coloney papers that includes a set of family papers beginning in the 1780s and continuing into the 21st Century. Notable international collections include the Oliver Austin Collection that includes extensive photographic documentation of the American occupation of Japan and the Hasterlik, Hine and Wolff Collection which focuses on the daily lives of a middle class Jewish Viennese family and their responses to Nazi persecution. For more information on the Institute's collections, please visit the website at: ww2.fsu.edu. The Institute welcom es specific inquiries regarding our holdings. Please address them to Professor G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at kpiehler@fsu.edu.

Applicants for this program should submit by May 1, 2016 a proposal of no more than five pages in the form of a letter, a current c.v., and the names and addresses of three references, all in a PDF document to ww2@ww2.fsu.edu Graduate student applicants should also submit a letter of recommendation from their Dissertation Advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies of their program. In the subject line, please include: CUNDY FUND APPLICATION-2016. Letters of recommendation for graduate student applicants should be sent directly to the Institute Director, Professor G. Kurt Piehler at kpiehler@fsu.edu by May 1, 2016.

Posted: January 26, 2016
Tagged: Grants

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives Study Grants

The Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee, announces the availability of the Lynn E. May, Jr. Study Grants. The grants provide financial assistance in the maximum amount of $750.00 to doctoral students, professors, and other scholars for research work that uses the materials in the SBHLA collection. The Library and Archives is a research center for the study of Baptists in the United States and around the world. The collection includes extensive holdings related to Baptists in the South, English Baptists, and Russian and Eastern European evangelicals and Baptists. Researchers can search the online catalog and finding aids for additional information. The grants provide reimbursement for travel, lodging, food, copying, and/or clerical expenses incurred while conducting research at the SBHLA. The deadline to apply for the grants is April 1, 2016. Funds for these grants will be available by mid-April, 2016. For more information and to apply online, visit the SBHLA website at http://www.sbhla.org/sg_info.htm

Posted: January 22, 2016
Tagged: Grants

Congress Restores Funding for K–12 History Education

By Lee White

After nearly a decade of false starts, President Obama has signed a new education law (Public Law 114-95) to replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act that was passed in 2001. On December 9, the U.S. Senate voted 85–12 to approve the conference report to a bill (S. 1177) to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. On December 2, the House approved the report by a vote of 359–64.

Most importantly for the historical community, the new law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—restores targeted federal funding for K–12 history and civics education. The National Coalition for History (NCH), the OAH, and the coalition's member organizations have engaged in advocacy efforts for nearly five years to achieve this goal. Given the retrenchment of federal funding for a host of programs in the bill, restoration of funding for history education is a major accomplishment.

In fiscal year (FY) 2012, Congress terminated funding for the Teaching American History (TAH) grants program at the Department of Education. The move also eliminated appropriations earmarked for civics education and federal funding for National History Day, a nationally recognized program that increases student participation in historical studies across the country. As a result, starting in FY 2012 there has been no federal funding provided for history or civics education.

ESSA includes four sections that provide funding streams for K–12 history and civics education. Two sections are specifically earmarked for those subjects, and two sections establish grant programs in which the subjects are eligible for competitive funding.

Within ESSA, Subpart 3: American History and Civics Education authorizes an allocation of 1.4 percent of the amount appropriated for all national activities relating to preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers, principals, and other school leaders for each fiscal year the act is in effect (FY 2017 through FY 2020). It is important to note that these amounts will still need to be funded through the annual appropriations process. The maximum allowable allocations are $6,564,000 each for FY 2017 and FY 2018, $6,568,000 for FY 2019, and $6,848,000 for FY 2020. (These funding amounts are provided by the Committee for Education Funding.)

Two programs stand to benefit substantially from Subpart 3. Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics (section 2232) would receive not less than 26 percent of the amount available, and other National Activities (section 2233) would receive up to 74 percent.

Section 2232: Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics—This section establishes intensive academies for teachers and students to learn more about history and civics. The secretary of education shall award up to 12 grants annually on a competitive basis to fund the academies.

1. Presidential Academy—Each year, the Presidential Academy shall select between 50 and 300 teachers of American history and civics from public or private elementary schools and secondary schools to attend a seminar or institute that provides intensive professional development opportunities. The program will be led by a team of primary scholars and core teachers who are accomplished in the field of American history and civics. It will be conducted during the summer or other appropriate time and will be between two and six weeks in duration. Teachers will receive a stipend to attend the seminar or institute.

2. Congressional Academy—Each year the Congressional Academy shall select between 100 and 300 outstanding students of American history and civics to attend a seminar or institute. To be eligible to attend, a student must be recommended by his or her secondary school principal or other school leader. The student must be a secondary school junior or senior in the academic year following attendance at the seminar or institute. The program will be conducted during the summer or other appropriate time and will be between two and six weeks in duration. Students will receive a stipend to attend the seminar or institute.

Entities eligible to conduct the Presidential and Congressional Academies include institutions of higher education, nonprofit educational organizations, museums, libraries, and research centers with demonstrated expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history and civics. Eligible entities must provide matching funds equal to 100 percent of the amount of the grant.

Section 2233: National Activities—The purpose of this section is to promote new and existing evidence-based strategies to encourage innovative instruction in American history, civics and government, and geography; learning strategies; and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, and other school leaders. The grants emphasize instruction, strategies, activities, and programs that benefit low-income students and underserved populations.

ESSA authorizes the secretary of education to award competitive grants to eligible entities (such as institutions of higher education and nonprofit or for-profit organizations) with demonstrated expertise in the development, implementation, and strengthening of programs to teach traditional American history, civics, economics, and geography. Grants will be awarded for developing, implementing, and disseminating for voluntary use innovative, evidence-based approaches to American history and civic learning that demonstrate innovation, scalability, and accountability. Grants may be for professional development. Grants are for a three-year period with the opportunity for a one-time two-year renewal.

There are two other potential funding streams for history and civics. The law provides funding to the states to make grants to local education agencies (LEAs) for a broad range of programs.

Section 4107: Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities—This section provides competitive funding to local education agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement programs that provide students with a "well-rounded education." One allowable use of grant funds is for "activities to promote the development, implementation, and strengthening of programs to teach traditional American history, civics, economics, geography, or government education." LEAs may partner with other LEAs, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, and businesses in developing these programs.

Section 4611: Education Innovation and Research—This section creates a new research and innovation fund that allows LEAs, in conjunction with nonprofit organizations, to apply for funding to create, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students. Innovations in teaching civics, history, and social studies are eligible for grants. This could be the source of much-needed funding for the evaluation of programs.

So what happens next?

First, the programs authorized in the law have to be funded by the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. The NCH will be sending alerts in February, when the FY 2017 appropriations process begins, asking everyone who cares about history, civics, and social studies to contact their senators and representatives to urge full funding for these programs created as part of the ESSA legislation. Despite the fact that the grant programs now exist, we still must push to have them fully funded.

Second, over the course of 2016, the Department of Education will prepare program guidelines and competitive criteria for the grant programs outlined in ESSA. That way, once the funding is made available, the department will be ready to issue calls for proposals.

Finally, the competitive funding awards will likely be made, and moneys distributed, for the first time in the second half of calendar year 2017. The change in administrations in January may push the timetable further back.

The restitution of federal funding for K–12 history and civics education is reason to cheer, and we should recognize the important role that advocacy played in ensuring that K–12 history continues to play an important role in our children's education.

Lee White is executive director of the National Coalition for History.

Posted: January 12, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy

Beatles Symposium

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State University are now accepting proposals for papers for the Beatles Symposium.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State University will be presenting the GRAMMY Beatles 2016: From Cavern to Candlestick symposium April 1 – 2, 2016 to celebrate The Beatles and the Ladies and Gentleman...The Beatles! exhibit which will be on view at the new Museum March 5 – June 12, 2016. Headlining the weekend's activities will be two distinguished Beatles authors: Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Beatles-related topics of general interest to scholars and enthusiasts are welcome. Topics of an interdisciplinary nature are also encouraged.

Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion, and should address a general audience. Independent scholars and Beatles enthusiasts are welcome to submit proposals.

Proposals must be submitted online at http://grammymuseumms.org by Friday, January 29, 2016. 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 a $30 registration fee.

Papers are particularly invited from young and developing scholars (graduate students, recent masters and doctoral graduates, and junior faculty).

For more information about the symposium, please contact Jane-Marie Dawkins: info@grammymuseumms.org.
For more information about papers, please contact Dr. Shelley Collins: scollins@deltastate.edu.

Posted: January 11, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers