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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

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.

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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

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. Application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016. Read More>>

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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

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

The application deadline for New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) funding for 2016-2017 is February 1, 2016. The NERFC, a collaboration of twenty-one major cultural agencies, will offer at least sixteen awards in 2016-2017. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for eight or more weeks of research at participating institutions.

Participants include: Baker Library, Harvard Business School; Boston Athenaeum; Boston Public Library Rare Books and Collections of Distinction; Colonial Society of Massachusetts; Congregational Library and Archives; Connecticut Historical Society; Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Harvard Law School Special Collections; Historic Deerfield; Houghton Library, Harvard University; John Hay Library, Brown University; Maine Historical Society; Massachusetts Historical Society; Mystic Seaport; New England Historic Genealogical Society; New Hampshire Historical Society; Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Rhode Island Historical Society; Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College; and Vermont Historical Society.

Questions? Email fellowships@masshist.org.

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

Posted: December 28, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife: New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of its forty-first conference, New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture, to be held in Deerfield June 24-26, 2016.

The Seminar is now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops on the maritime history of New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. The topic explores how the region remembered its maritime past. 

New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture will consist of approximately seventeen lectures of twenty minutes each, with related tours and workshops. Professional development points will be available for public school teachers. Selected papers will appear as the 2016 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar to be published about eighteen months after the conference. 

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Posted: December 16, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Victorian Society in America: 2016 Summer Schools

The Victorian Society invites you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of their internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. Enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. 

Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Applications and additional information are available online at http://vsasummerschools.org

Posted: December 16, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University invites applications for a one-year position (2016-2017) as the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice.

Location: Providence, RI
Closes: Feb 15, 2016

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. We are also attentive to contemporary forms of human bondage and injustice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom.

Applicants should have Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline and have received their degree within the last five years (or will obtain a Ph.D. by June 2016) and work on questions concerning the historical formations of slavery in global or comparative terms; issues concerning contemporary forms of indentured servitude; philosophical, historical, and theoretical questions concerning slavery, justice, and freedom. Consideration will also be given to candidates whose work pays special attention to contemporary issues and legacies of slavery. Applicants working on questions of gender, contemporary racial formations, public history, and memory are welcome. The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the Center's regular brown bag lunch series, and will have the option to teach a course in the semester of his/her choosing.

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/33212

Please include a cover letter, current CV, a writing sample, and three letters of reference.

For more information: http://brown.edu/initiatives/slavery-and-justice/ruth-j-simmons-postdoctoral-fellow-study-slavery-justice-2016-2017

Posted: December 15, 2015
Tagged: Fellowships

Schlesinger Library Research Travel Grants

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites applicants for a variety of research grants.
The library's special collections document over two centuries of United States history, from abolition to transgender rights. Manuscripts, books, periodicals, audiovisual material, photographs, and other objects make up the collections. These materials illuminate the lives of ordinary women as well as American icons such as suffragist Alice Paul, Harlem renaissance writer Dorothy West, civil rights activist Pauli Murray, feminist Betty Friedan, the Republican Party activist Anna Chennault, poet June Jordan, chefs Zarela Martinez, and zine author Cindy Crabb, among many more.
Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research and the project's potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge, along with its creativity in drawing on the library's collections. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, scanning, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of durable equipment or travel to other research sites.
Research Support Grants – $3,000
For postdoctoral or independent scholars whose research requires use of the library's collections.
Dissertation Grants – $3,000
For scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections.
Oral History Grants – $3,000
For scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States.
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
Offering grants to encourage projects that draw on the resources of 18 major cultural agencies throughout New England.

How To Apply
Visit http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/grants

Applications must be received by Friday, February 1, 2016. Awards will be announced in April 2016, to be used for research at the Library between July 2016 and June 2017.

Posted: December 14, 2015
Tagged: Grants

Special Double Issue Call for Papers: Health in the South

The Southern Quarterly solicits carefully documented essays on the history of disease, medical care, and medical institutions in the antebellum and post-bellum South; health care and race; the contributions of prominent 19th- and early to mid-20th-century health care practitioners in the South; health care and the Civil War; the rise of public health agencies in the South; health care and the environment; health care and 19th- and 20th-Century Southern literature—representation of nurses, doctors, and disease in plays, poems, and fiction; health care and the visual arts; health care and popular Southern culture and media.
Essays ranging from 20-30 pages (double-spaced) must be received before March 15, 2016 to be considered for this special issue. Proposals for submission, or questions about your submission, should be sent to the editor at Philip.Kolin@usm.edu.
SoQ does not consider multiple submissions or work that has been approved elsewhere. Please follow the SoQ guidelines, which are available online at: http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/guidelines.htm

Email submissions of MSWord documents to SouthernQuarterly@gmail.com are preferred over postal delivery.

For More Information: http://sites.usm.edu/southern-quarterly-literary-magazine/

Posted: December 14, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Fall 2015 Board Action Items

The Organization of American Historians fall 2015 board action items are now online. They can be read or downloaded here and can also be found along with past board action items and reports here.

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Posted: December 11, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Churchill For Schools: Teaching Modern World History Using Churchill Archives

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides an expanding range of classroom-ready resources, specially written and developed by leading history educators to engage and excite as well as inform and challenge. Based around four broad topics in modern world history, the Churchill Archive for Schools also offers teachers and students an accessible entry-point to the complete Churchill Archive.

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to offer the opportunity to explore this rich archival collection through the guided practice of master teachers and scholars in one of a series of webinar events. Participants will explore teacher-produced classroom investigations that are mined from over 800,000 documents associated with Sir Churchill. More than a view into the life and thoughts of the statesman, these documents bring Churchill to life as a person - as well as the many other major actors in personal correspondance. Use the archives of a great man to learn about lives of ordinary people!

This 60-minute webinar is free of charge and available to any educators at the K-12 or post-secondary level.

Each participant will receive full access to the complete Churchill Archives at no charge.

Each virtual session will:
• apply historical thinking and inquiry-based investigations to modern history topics
• identify and share sets of primary source documents that support that investigation
• connect history teachers from across the globe around practice and curation
• provide free site license access to the Churchill Archives
• work to create best practice models for how technology can bring historical archives alive!

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm EST

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Posted: December 10, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz Awarded Three Scholarly Awards for JAH Article

UNM Associate Professor of History and OAH member A. K. Sandoval-Strausz has won three scholarly prizes for his article "Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America," which was published last December in the Journal of American History.

The Urban History Association awarded Sandoval-Strausz the 2015 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal. "The insights of this essay," noted the official commendation, "will provoke valuable new research in years to come, potentially shaping the field of urban history as fundamentally as Kenneth Jackson and Arnold Hirsch thirty years ago."

The article also won the 2015 Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History which is awarded to the best scholarly article in the field written in the previous two years.

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Posted: December 9, 2015
Tagged: Clio's Kudos