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CFP: Long Beach Indie Film, Media, and Music Conference
Location: Long Beach, CA (Hilton Long Beach Hotel/Cinemark at the Pike Theaters)
Dates: August 30-September 3, 2017
Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2017

Embracing global diversity, the Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Conference invites individual papers and full panels representing any topic (e.g. theory, production, history, criticism, preservation, etc.) related to film, television, music, mass communication, journalism, digital media, or the entertainment industry broadly defined.

We are also issuing a special call for papers interrogating or celebrating the following themes broadly defined:

• Gender, Race, and the Entertainment Industry
• Moonlight: Reflections, Imperfections, and Impact
• Narratives of Young Men of Color in Film, Media, and Music
• Trump, the Media, and Communities of Color

The conference takes place during the five-day Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival in Long Beach, California (August 30-September 3, 2017). A 20-minute drive from Hollywood and a 2-minute walk to the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach Indie brings together scholars, creative professionals, and entertainment industry leaders, for five days of screenings, panels, parties, concerts, and special events.

The official conference venues are the Hilton Hotel Long Beach, the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, and select high end venues throughout scenic downtown Long Beach.

Individual paper proposals should include a maximum 200-word abstract plus the professional credentials/affiliations of the author/presenter.
Panels should include a maximum 200-word abstract plus the specific titles of each individual paper and the professional credentials/affiliations of chair, presenters, and discussant/commentator. Chairs can also serve as a presenter on the panel.
Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2017
To submit go to: www.longbeachindie.com
Send direct inquiries to: info@longbeachindie.com

For More Information: http://www.longbeachindie.com

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Edward L. Ayers Begins Term as OAH President

Edward L. Ayers began his term as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for 2017-2018 on April 8.

Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond.

"The OAH has been doing important work for over a century," Ayers said, "and plays a critical role in the nation today. We will be undertaking ambitious projects in the coming year, so I hope people will stay tuned."

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Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement in Support of NEH and NEA

The following statement was unanimously approved by the OAH Executive Committee on March 29, 2017:

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly urges the U.S. Congress to include funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts at similar or higher levels than in the past in the upcoming national budget. We urge the Congress to resist efforts to defund and eliminate these essential agencies, which have been crucial in bringing the benefits of the arts and humanities to the American public for over a half-century. The Organization of American Historians applauds the way that communities across the United States—in every state and every district—have shared in the excitement of learning about their own histories through the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Posted: March 29, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards

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Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships, Grants


Hamilton Cravens

The OAH notes with sadness that longtime member and OAH supporter Hamilton Cravens passed away late last year. His obituary is available here.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


Herbert Parmet

The OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Herbert Parmet. He died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 87. 

The History News Network published an obituary which can be viewed here.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


In Memoriam

The OAH was saddened to learn of the recent pasing of two longtime members. Their individual obituaries are linked below.

Herbert Parmet

Hamilton Cravens

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Posted: March 9, 2017
Tagged: None


DPLA Announces New Grant

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently announced a new grant that funds continued work around educator professional development and expansion of our Primary Source Sets project. They have just opened a call for excellent instructors in higher education to join their Education Advisory Committee to assist with this exciting new initiative.

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Posted: March 8, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, the OAH Executive Board took action on eight items. The full list can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


2017 Election Results

The OAH is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Newly elected officers and board members will begin their terms this spring. The results can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


AASLH-OAH Webinar Collaboration

The OAH is pleased to announce a new collaborative effort with the American Association for State and Local History--"History Crash Course" webinars. OAH member and Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer Keene will lead the inaugural webinar on World War I on March 28. This 90-minute webinar is free to attend.

Learn more about the webinar and register here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


#ImmigrationSyllabus - A New Project by the Immigration History Research Center

Immigration historians associated with the Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Center have launched the #ImmigrationSyllabus website, an educational resource that offers historical context to today's immigration debate. 


Additionally, they have annotated and analyzed the Trump Executive Order banning immigrants. It can be seen here.

Read more about the project here. 

Access the syllabus here. 

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


James Horton

The OAH notes with sadness the passing of James Horton, past OAH president (2004-2005) on February 20, 2017. A print obituary will appear in the May issue of The American Historian.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


National History Day Judges Needed

Many National History Day Affiliates are in need of judges for their local and state history day contests. If you would like to volunteer and help foster students' love of history, you can find your local affiliate here.

If you would like to judge at the national competition held in College Park, MD, in June, visit the National History Day website for more information and to volunteer.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


OAH Members Receive 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

OAH members Michael Fitzgerald and Sarah Silkey have received a 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to analyze a newly accessible trove of letters and diaries of Ku Klux Klan supporters that reveals the interpersonal dynamics of racial extremism and the generational conflicts between Victorian gender expectations and notions of southern manhood during Reconstruction and its aftermath. More information about the project and the Collaborative Research Fellowship are available here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


National Humanities Seminar - Free Webinar

The OAH is co-sponsoring the America in Class webinar series with the National Humanities Center this spring. Teaching John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath with David Wrobel will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm EST.

The webinar is 90 minutes long and free for teachers by using the promo code NHCED. Additional information is available here. Register here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Western Historical Association Conference

The Call for Papers for the 58th Annual Conference of the Western History Association, October 17-20, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, is now available. The conference theme is Reimagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.

The submission deadline is September 1, 2017 for individual papers and December 1, 2017 for organized panels.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Park Services Names New Chief Historian

Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe began duty as the National Park Service's new Chief Historian on January 8, 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master's degree in United States history from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's degree in history from Howard University. Read the full announcement from the National Coalition for History here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


7 OAH Members Receive Awards at 2017 AHA Meeting

Seven OAH members received awards at the 2017 American Historical Association meeting earlier this month. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


2017 OAH Business Meeting

Any member who would like a resolution to be presented at the OAH Business Meeting, must submit the resolution to Katherine Finley, OAH Executive Director, and to the OAH Parliamentarian by February 22, 2017. The resolution must be signed by fifty (50) members in good standing. If these conditions are met, then the OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication thirty (30) days in advance that this resolution will be presented at the OAH Business Meeting.

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Posted: February 22, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization