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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


Elizabeth Whitaker

OAH member Elizabeth Whitaker passed away on April 10, 2010 at the age of 51. She was a published author, lecturer, and researcher. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx.

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Posted: July 23, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Papers—Libraries and the Cultural Record

Libraries and the Cultural Record, a peer–reviewed journal of history published by the University of Texas Press, invites submissions for a special issue devoted to exploring historical perspectives on state library agencies in the United States. Contributors are encouraged to consider the topic in diverse ways.

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


NEH Teaching Development Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities will award Teaching Development Fellowships to support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving existing undergraduate courses. The application deadline is September 30, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/TD_Fellowships.html

Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships


Roger Williams University—Call for Papers

Roger Williams University is seeking papers for its third conference on religion and the state. Researchers are invited to submit from any academic fields, especially, though not exclusively, from history, political science, literature, and religious studies. The conference, entitled “Religion and the State in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and America,” will be held April 13, 2011, at the university. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.

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Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession


Pennsylvania History: A Call for Civil War Papers

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, is seeking paper submissions for a 2011 special issue on the Civil War and Reconstruction in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Papers concentrating on Pennsylvania history as well as papers on the broader Mid-Atlantic region are encouraged.

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Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession


Vernacular Architecture Forum: Call for Papers

The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its 2011 annual meeting in Falmouth, Jamaica. Papers should address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all vernacular topics are welcome, but papers that explore topics related to the conference theme of heritage tourism are encouraged. The deadline for paper proposals is September 13, 2010.

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Posted: July 13, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession


Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Now Available

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the completion and release of its Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Web-site, publications.newberry.org/ahcbp. The Atlas will assist researchers find accurate and comphrensive county data from 1634 through 2000.

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Posted: July 13, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


Oickle signs for 2 books

Alvin F. Oickle is under contract to publish two books in Spring 2011. Oickle’s 1998 biography, Jonathan Walker: The Man with the Branded Hand, will be reissued with new material and images by Westholme Publishing. The second book will be published by The History Press as part of its “disaster series” and will explore the steamboat Erie, which sank in 1841, carrying more than two hundred new immigrants to their deaths on Lake Erie.

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Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Historical Associations Issue Recommendations About Rewarding Public History Work for Promotion and Tenure

“Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” a report offering best practices for evaluating public history scholarship in history departments, was adopted by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Executive Board on April 8, the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Board of Directors on June 3, and the American Historical Association (AHA) Council on June 5, 2010.

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Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


NEH Grant Opportunity Deadline September 15

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering grants of up to $25,000 for faculty to develop a new undergraduate course that fosters intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. The application deadline is September 15, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/EnduringQuestions.html

Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: Grants, News of the Profession