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DeBenedetti Prize In Peace History

Congratulations to Melissa R. Klapper, whose article in the December 2010 issue of the Journal of American History won the Peace History Society’s Charles DeBenedetti Prize.

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Posted: June 28, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Welcome New OAH Distinguished Lecturers

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to welcome forty-seven outstanding historians who have joined the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program for 2011-2012. Visit the Web site for a complete list of this year’s incoming lecturers. If you are looking for a great speaker for your next campus event, workshop, or seminar, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is the best way to identify and contact leading historians who can share their expertise with your audience.

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Posted: June 27, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Elwin F. Hartwig

Professor Elwin F. Hartwig - 1929-2011

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Posted: June 1, 2011
Tagged: In Memoriam


Integrating Women’s History Workshop

The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the National Park Service is conducting a training workshop on integrating women’s history into programs at historic sites. The workshop will be held prior to the 2011 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, June 7-9 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

More information is available at: http://www.ncwhs.org/

Posted: May 20, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


The Civil War at 150: An OAH Commemorative Project

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015), the OAH is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience. Our commemoration efforts began in March at the OAH Annual Meeting in Houston and continue with the current issue of the OAH Magazine of History, which focuses on the origins of the Civil War. Read more >

We also invite you to visit our “Civil War at 150” Web site where you can listen to a series of podcasts and explore additional resources as we examine the history of the war from its beginnings through its aftermath. Read more >

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Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Members Awarded Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim Fellowships

The OAH congratulates Eric Foner, the OAH Past President and a professor of history at Columbia University, who was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in history for The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. The organization also recognizes the Pulitzer Prize in history finalist Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania, for Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South; and two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in biography: Michael O'Brien, University of Cambridge, for Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon, and Alan Brinkley, Columbia University, for The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century.

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Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Carter, Moran, and Williams Named 2011 Newcombe Fellows

The OAH congratulates members Heath Carter, Notre Dame University, Rachel Moran, Pennsylvania State University, and Shannen Williams, Rutgers University, recipients of the 2011 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Newcombe Fellowships. Newcombe Fellows are doctoral candidates writing dissertations on topics involving religious and ethical values.

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Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Research Center for Urban Cultural History Fellowships

The Research Center for Urban Cultural History at the University of Massachusetts Boston is offering a short-term visiting fellowship for Spring 2012. The visiting fellow will pursue a research project pertaining to urban cultural history; the project must be interdisciplinary, and be focused on the cultural history of cities, urban life, urban networks, urban materials or urban experience.

More information is available at: http://www.rcuch.umb.edu

Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Fellowships


American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting

The 2011 annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory will be held October 19-22, at the Westin Pasadena.

More information is available at: http://www.ethnohistory.org

Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Native American Symposium and Film Festival

The Ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival (http://www.se.edu/nas/) will be held November 2-4, 2011, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The symposium invites proposals for papers, presentations, panel sessions, creative projects, and films, on all aspects of Native American life. Send abstracts of no more than 250 words by June 25, 2011 to Mark B. Spencer, Department of English, Humanities, and Languages, Box 4121, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK 74701-0609, e-mail: mspencer@se.edu.

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Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Department of State Publishes Foreign Economic Policy, 1973-1976

The Department of State’s Office of the Historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs convened a conference on March 7, 2011, cohosted by the George Mason University School of Public Policy, which focused on the Foreign Economic Policy, 1973-1976 volume of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series. Transcripts and audio recordings may be accessed on the Office of the Historian website at their website.

More information is available at: http://history.state.gov/conferences/2011-foreign-economic-policy/audio-transcripts

Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Miscellaneous


The Society of Military History Announces 2011 Award Winners

The Society of Military History (SMH) will hold its 2011 annual meeting June 10, in Lisle, Illinois. In recognition of academic excellence in and service to the field of military history, the Society of Military History has announced this year?s winners of its awards and prizes.

More information is available at: http://www.smh-hq.org/awards/awards.html

Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Miscellaneous


NEH on the Road Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has issued a request for proposals for continuation of its “NEH on the Road” program. The program is a special initiative designed to create wider access to exhibitions funded by the Division of Public Programs. First implemented in 2005, the program offers smaller, object-based, low-security versions of some exhibitions, which circulate to small and mid-sized museums nationwide. The deadline for applications is July 6, 2011. Details and proposal guidelines may be found online at their website.

More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov

Posted: May 10, 2011
Tagged: Miscellaneous


House Introduces Bill to Eliminate TAH Grants

On May 13, 2011, the House of Representatives introduced legislation to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History (TAH) grants program. The bill (H.R. 1891), the “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act,” would terminate forty-three K-12 federal education programs that the House Republican leadership contends are wasteful, ineffective, and duplicative. The OAH joins the National Coalition for History (NCH) in strongly resisting this legislation. Please check back for information on how to contact your representative to register your opposition. For details of the bill, visit the NCH website.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Minutes of the 2011 OAH Annual Business Meeting

Read brief reports from the OAH President, OAH Treasurer, OAH Executive Director, OAH Executive Editor, and OAH Nominating Board chair, at the 2011 annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston, Texas.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


History Programs Face Major Cuts in FY2011 Federal Budget

On April 12, the House Appropriations Committee released a list of proposed cuts in federal programs for the remainder of the government’s 2011 fiscal year that ends on September 30.

More information is available at: http://historycoalition.org/2011/04/13/history-programs-face-major-cuts-in-fy-11-federal-budget/

Posted: April 20, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


Jay S. Goodgold Appointed OAH Treasurer

On April 15, 2011 the OAH Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the five-year appointment of Jay S. Goodgold as the next treasurer of the Organization of American Historians.

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Posted: April 19, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Reaches out to its Members in Japan

OAH President Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University, and OAH Executive Director Katherine Finley, contacted OAH members in Japan offering assistance after the devastation caused by the recent natural disaster in their country.

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Posted: April 18, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


NARA Tightens Security to Prevent Thefts, Mutilation

Over the years, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has faced many physical and environmental threats to its holdings including fire, water, insects, and mold. We have been open about these risks and forthcoming about our efforts to combat them. However, there’s another risk to our collection.

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Posted: April 17, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession, From the Archivist of the US


Action items from the Spring 2011 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its spring 2011 meeting held on March 17 at the Hilton Houston-Americas in Houston, Texas, the OAH Executive Board took action on various items on its agenda.

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Posted: April 17, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization