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Action items from the Fall 2010 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its fall 2010 meeting at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C., on November 13-14, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

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Posted: April 16, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


An Open Letter to OAH Members in Wisconsin

In an open letter to Wisconsin members, OAH Past President David Hollinger, the Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley, shares his thoughts on the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin and its impact on the 2012 OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

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Posted: April 14, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Summer 2011 Seminar at the Institute for Constitutional History

The Organization of American Historians, cosponsor of the Institute for Constitutional History (ICH), is pleased to announce the twelfth annual residential summer research seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty. Entitled Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and the First Amendment, this year's seminar will take place June 26 through July 2. For further information, please contact Dr. Maeva Marcus at (202) 994-6562, or send an email to MMarcus@nyhistory.org.

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Fall 2011 Seminar at the Institute for Constitutional History

The Organization of American Historians, cosponsor of the Institute for Constitutional History (ICH), invites graduate students to the 2011 Robert H. Smith Seminar at the ICH this fall. The seminar is designed for graduate students and junior faculty in history, political science, law, and related disciplines. Application deadline is April 30, 2011. For further information, please contact Dr. Maeva Marcus at (202) 994-6562 or send an email to MMarcus@nyhistory.org.

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


2011 National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Conference

The National Park Service and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program invites proposals for its 2011 conference to be held in Clermont County, Ohio, June 15-18.

More information is available at: http://www.ugrconference.com

Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War is a new traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, touring U.S. libraries through 2013. Life and Limb describes the damage caused by the weapons of the time, the treatment of wounds, and their consequences for the young men who survived. Information on the current schedule and details about booking the exhibition are available online.

More information is available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/travelingexhibitions/lifeandlimb.html

Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Miscellaneous


Conference on Critical Refugee Studies

The Conference on Critical Refugee Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee requests proposals for its upcoming conference to be held in November, 2011. Conference organizers invite paper proposals that chronicle and reflect on the experiences and representations of refugee populations. Abstracts are due by May 15, 2011.

More information is available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/ethnic/pdf/conference2011_call.pdf

Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Call for Peer Reviewers for the FY 2011 TAH Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program seeks reviewers with expertise in U.S. history content, K-12 professional development initiatives, and evaluation. Reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for proposal submissions. If you would like to be considered as a TAH peer reviewer, please complete the TAH Reviewer Checklist found at: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dERhR0d4UWpsVGlEemVsWXlxMGF4bWc6MQ and e-mail a copy of your current resume to the Teaching American History Program at: TAHReviewer@ed.gov

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Miscellaneous


British Historians of Women in the Americas

The British Historians of Women in the Americas (BHWA) will hold their annual conference on Wednesday July 6, 2011 at Brunel University, West London, and will run in parallel with the Feminist and Women?s Studies Association?s Futures of Feminism conference. For more information, contact Rachel Ritchie rachel.ritchie@brunel.ac.uk

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Mercedes Graf publishes book

OAH member Mercedes Graf’s book, On the Field of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers in the Civil War to the First World War, was published by Prometheus Books in December 2010. Graf provides the first comprehensive overview of the role of women medical volunteers in early American wars.

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Judith N. McArthur wins Carpenter Award

OAH member Judith N. McArthur won the 2010 Texas State Historical Association?s Carpenter Award for her book, coauthored with Harold L. Smith entitled, Texas Through Women?s Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience. Published by the University of Texas Press, the book is a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Scholarly Book Award.

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


2011 Michigan Historical Review Student Essay Contest

The Michigan Historical Review announces its competition for the 2011 student essay prize. The Review will accept papers written by senior-level and graduate students relating to Michigan’s political, economic, social, and cultural history.

More information is available at: http://clarke.cmich.edu/michigan_historical_review_tab/2011_student_essay_contest/2011_student_essay_contest_index.html

Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Fellowships at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study

The School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue research in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Application deadline is November 1, 2011.

More information is available at: http://www.sss.ias.edu/applications

Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Fellowships


2011 National Archives Research Fellowship

The National Archives and Records Administration is accepting proposals for a research fellowship beginning in July 2011. Proposals will be considered on any topic that uses the historical records of Congress housed in the National Archives' Center for Legislative Archives (http://www.archives.gov/legislative/). PhD candidates who have advanced to candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application, or individuals who received their PhD within the last five years, are encouraged to apply. For more information, e-mail legislative.archives@nara.gov and place \"Fellowship Inquiry\" in the subject line.

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Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Fellowships


2011 Fulbright Scholar Program

Institutions are now invited to apply to the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program. The program brings scholars from abroad to teach at U.S. colleges and universities, which can help internationalize curricula and campuses. The deadline is October 17, 2011. The competition for the 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Program is also underway.

More information is available at: http://www.cies.org/sir/

Posted: April 8, 2011
Tagged: Fellowships


OAH Executive Board Approves Standards for Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty

At its 2011 annual meeting, the OAH Executive Board approved five standards and best practices for how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize nontenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

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Posted: March 31, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Speaks out on Academic Freedom

The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians issued a statement on March 30, 2011, supporting academic freedom and deploring the recent efforts of Wisconsin politicians to intimidate OAH member and professor William Cronon.

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Posted: March 30, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Katz and Wood receive National Humanities Medals

President Obama awarded the 2010 National Humanities Medal to OAH members Stanley N. Katz, OAH Past President and director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, and Gordon S. Wood, the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history emeritus at Brown University. For more information on the 2010 National Humanities Medalists, click here.

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Posted: March 7, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Save Teaching American History Grants
Contact Your United States Senator Now!

The Organization of American Historians is asking you to email letters to your U.S. Senators as soon as possible regarding saving the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program and Civic Education funding (through competitive grants). Legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that would fund federal programs for the rest of this fiscal year, FY2011.

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


Founding Fathers’ Papers Headed for Internet

At the National Archives, we often note that we have ten billion pieces of paper in our holdings, containing the history of our nation from its beginnings in the Revolutionary period up to present. Now, we know that we don?t have all the documents that tell the story of our democracy. That?s why we are active in ensuring that historical documents not in our holdings are also preserved and made easily available to everyone. We do this through our grant-making arm, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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Posted: February 17, 2011
Tagged: From the Archivist of the US