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“Come Together”: Part-Time/Contingent Faculty in History

At the April 2010 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., members of the OAH Committee on Part-Time and Adjunct Employment assessed the growing role of part-time and contingent faculty in history by hosting a session entitled “Come Together”: Part-Time/Contingent Faculty in History.

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Posted: September 8, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the sixth annual competition for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. This program, through the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.

More information is available at: http://www.acls.org/programs/digital/

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


National Council on Public History: Call for 2011 Award Nominations

Each year the National Council on Public History offers more than $6,500 in awards recognizing excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. Book prize submissions are due November 1, 2010; those for outstanding public history project, new professionals, excellence in consulting, and student project and travel awards are due by December 1, 2010. Submissions are also requested by December 1 for the Michael C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis, rewarding historical studies that contribute directly to the formation of public policy. Nominate a colleague or yourself.

More information is available at: http://ncph.org/cms/awards/

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Residencies

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a unit of the New York Public Library’s Research Libraries, announces its Scholars-in-Residence Program for the 2011—2012 academic year. The Fellowship Program encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture, with an emphasis on African diasporan studies and biography, social history and African American culture. Application deadline is December 1, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/131

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


The Filson Historical Society Fellowships

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, invites applications for fellowships to support internships and research in the Filson’s collections. The mission of the Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is to collect, preserve, and communicate the significant stories of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley history and culture. The Filson anticipates that successful applicants receiving fellowships will publicize the results of their research in Ohio Valley History, the peer-reviewed journal published jointly by the Filson and the Cincinnati Museum Center. Applications must be received by October 15, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.filsonhistorical.org/fellowships.html

Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


Omohundro Institute—NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2011. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2010. More information may be obtained by contacting: Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, OIEAHC, P.O. Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781; e-mail: ieahc1@wm.edu.

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Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) invites applications for a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1, 2011. The award carries a year’s support to revise the applicant’s first book manuscript and the Institute’s commitment to publish the resulting study. Applications must be postmarked by November 1, 2010. More information may be obtained by contacting: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, OIEAHC, P.O. Box 8781, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781; email: ieahc1@wm.edu.

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Posted: September 3, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships


David Weber

David J. Weber, the founding director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, died on August 20, 2010, of multiple myeloma. Weber served the OAH in various capacities, most recently as a member of the OAH Executive Board (2006–2009) and as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer (1995–2001). For more information, visit www.smu.edu/News/2010/david-weber-dies-23aug2010.aspx.

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Posted: August 30, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


Peggy Pascoe

Peggy Pascoe, long time OAH member, and 2009 winner of the Lawrence W. Levine Prize for the best book in American cultural history, died on July 23, 2010 at the age of 55. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://history.uoregon.edu/news/pascoe_obituary/.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Papers: Southern Labor Studies Conference

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University, the 15th Southern Labor Studies Conference proposes to turn a similar self-critical gaze on the materials labor historians rely on to produce the field of labor history.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, Calls for Papers


Call for Papers: Popular Music Histories

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music welcomes proposals concerning all facets of popular music in the United States. and abroad, but especially encourage submissions that address the themes: canonical histories; alternative histories; archival approaches; historical methods; and local histories. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2010.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Profession


Call for Papers: Heidelberg Center for American Studies 8th Annual Spring Academy Conference

The eighth Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) Spring Academy on American History, Culture, and Politics will be held from March 21—25, 2011. The HCA invites applications for this annual one-week conference that provides twenty international Ph.D. students with the opportunity to present and discuss their Ph.D. projects.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Calls for Papers


2011 SHFG Powell Prize

The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2011 the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historical display project completed in 2009 or 2010. The award for historical display is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, historical films, CDs, Web-sites, or multimedia displays.

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Posted: August 26, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


OAH Endorses Recommendations for a Well-Rounded Education

The Organization of American Historians endorsed recommendations for how the federal government can better support core subjects beyond reading and math.

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


Thank you!

Please join us in thanking the individuals who gave OAH Lectures during the first half of 2010 and the institutions that hosted them. View complete list >

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Awards and Prizes

Each year the OAH sponsors or cosponsors awards, prizes, and grants given in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history. Many awards have an October 1 deadline. View a complete list of OAH Awards and Prizes >

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


New Membership Dues Structure Adopted

In conjunction with the recently adopted strategic plan, the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians has enacted a simplified dues structure for individual members.

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


Deadline for JAH Special Issue Approaches

The deadline for receipt of submission for the JAH Special Issue on North American borderlands history is September 10, 2010. For more information, please visit The Journal of American History.

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


National Coalition for History

The OAH supports the National Coalition for History, which provides leadership in history-related advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. Visit the National Coalition for History to read this week’s “Washington Update.” Read more >

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Posted: August 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


Call for Proposals—Key Moments in Human Spaceflight

The NASA History Division and the National Air and Space Museum invite proposals for presentations to be held at its joint symposium, “1961/1981: Key Moments in Human Spaceflight,” at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on April 26–27, 2011. Proposals may address any area of human spaceflight history related to the theme. Submissions are due by October 15, 2010.

More information is available at: http://history.nasa.gov

Posted: July 23, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes