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National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference

The OAH is pleased once again to partner with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference, which will be held this year June 13-16, 2016.

More information about this year's meeting, including a schedule and registration information, can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

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Posted: May 24, 2016
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Omohundro Institute Annual Conference

The 22nd annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) will be held at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 23-26, 2016. Hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the American Antiquarian Society, the conference's twin themes will be "Native American Transformations" and "Early America at Work."

The preliminary program is now available on line; a number of sessions feature topics of interest to business historians, including:

For the complete program and information on registration and accommodations, please see the Conference website.

Posted: May 12, 2016
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The Future of the African-American Past

The American Historical Association and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture announce a landmark international conference to mark the opening of the museum. 

Registration is free of charge.

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For More Information: futureafampast.si.edu 

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Posted: April 29, 2016
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Symposium Announcement: "A New Materialism?" April 1-2 at the University of Michigan

"A New Materialism? Rethinking the History of Global Capitalism at the Nexus of Culture and Political Economy."

April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Michigan
An Eisenberg Institute Forum

This two-day symposium will showcase original essays from leading cultural, intellectual, urban, labor, and literary historians engaged with various forms of global capitalism. The papers stretch across two centuries and several continents: from antebellum shoe factories and disaster relief camps in the Jim Crow South to the strange career of black liberalism and the fashion runways of the 1970s. We begin with a pair of questions. What would it look like to write critical histories of capitalism unencumbered by the reductionist logics of historiographical "turns"? And how might we begin to think across the conceptual zero sums (culture vs. economy, discourse vs. material conditions, semiotics vs. big structures) that have so often circumscribed discussion in this area?

Rather than presenting the "new history of capitalism "as a turn "beyond" or "away from" previous modes of questioning, we seek to bridge and disrupt, combine and complicate.

On April 1st, there will be three panels featuring pre-circulated faculty papers, a formal comment, and intensive discussion building on previously posted online responses.

On April 2nd, there will be two final panels driven by questions and presentations from Ph.D. students and postdocs at five different institutions.

Confirmed panelists:
• Howard Brick (Michigan)
• Elspeth Brown (Toronto)
• Kathleen Brown (Penn)
• Nathan Connolly (NYU)
• Jay Cook (Michigan)
• Konstantin Dierks (Indiana)
• Geoff Eley (Michigan)
• Nan Enstad (Wisconsin)
• Alison Isenberg (Princeton)
• Susan Scott Parrish (Michigan)
• Seth Rockman (Brown)
• Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington)

For additional information and registration instructions, please see the symposium website: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/newmaterialism/

Posted: March 24, 2016
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NEH Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Librarians

Immerse yourself in the world of the Shakers by participating in the NEH L andmarks Workshop "Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies and the Shaker Experience in America." This one-week residential workshop in Upstate New York examines the history, contributions and legacies of the Shaker movement in America in hands-on and minds-on ways. Workshop participants will tour Watervliet Shaker National Historic District (the original Shaker site in America), Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon and Hancock Shaker Village. We will research historic Shaker documents at the New York State Library and study Shaker objects (furniture, clothing and art) at the New York State Museum. We will also read and discuss scholarly works about Shaker history, religion, culture and art with leading scholars including Robert Emlen of Brown University and Carol Medlicott, author of Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey.

Most important, participating teachers and librarians will share with one and other their own ideas about how to utilize Shaker history and site based learning to teach American history, literature, culture, religion and art to contemporary students.

Details about the workshop including eligibility requirements and the $1200 stipend are available at www.siena.edu/shakerworkshop. Applications are due March 1, 2016. Please contact us with questions at shakerworkshop@siena.edu.

Posted: February 23, 2016
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How Numbers Lie with Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Tracing the genealogy of statistical discourses on race, Khalil Gibran Muhammad explores the violence of racial quantification on black women and men's lives beginning after the Civil War. How did the numbers of out of wedlock childbirths or incarcerated men come to define the progress and potential of African Americans in contrast to others? Why have such facts spoken for themselves? Or have they?

Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. He was recently appointed Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of history, race, and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information: http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-khalil-gibran-muhammad-lecture

Posted: February 4, 2016
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Victorian Society in America: 2016 Summer Schools

The Victorian Society invites you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of their internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. Enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. 

Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Applications and additional information are available online at http://vsasummerschools.org

Posted: December 16, 2015
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Hoover Archives Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Workshop on Political Economy

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to accept applications for participation in the Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Political Economy.

The Workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, from June 20-June 24, 2016. It brings together an interdisciplinary slate of scholars who are using the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to study political economy, broadly defined. A wide range of research is suitable for this program, limited only by the holdings of the Hoover Library & Archives itself. Past participants have included historians, economists, and political scientists, but scholars from any field who would benefit from immersion in the archives are welcome. Participants must be holders of the Ph.D. or scholars with a commensurate publication record, or be advanced graduate students.

Participants are expected to have an active research program and to spend each day working in the Hoover Library & Archives. They will attend a daily group lunch, two group dinners, a keynote address by a visiting scholar, and make an informal lunchtime presentation on their research.

Participants will be provided with a $2500 stipend, intended to cover lodging and transportation. Alternative compensation will be arranged for international participants who do not hold a US Social Security or TIN number.

Applicants are encouraged to read about the 2014 and 2015 workshops to learn more about the research topics and approaches that are suited to the workshop.

Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

Contact information
One page CV
A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to use and why they are necessary for your project
Names and contact information for two academic referees familiar with your research (no formal letter required)

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Award notification: March 1, 2016

Additional Information

Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English
All awards are subject to the availability of funds and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements

For More Information: http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-la-now-accepting-applications-2016-workshop-political-economy

Posted: December 3, 2015
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‘Cannot Tame That Lawless Stream’ A Conference on the Environmental History of the Upper M

The Sawmill Museum, the Clinton Public Library, and Iowa Great River Road invite paper and presentation submissions for the Second Annual Gateway History Conference on April 23, 2016. The conference will explore the environmental history of the Upper Mississippi River and its ever-changing influence on the Gateway Area of Iowa and Illinois.

For more information, click here. 

Posted: November 10, 2015
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Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

March 11 – 12, 2016
Mead Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

In an effort to address growing economic concerns and a shift away from the humanities, history professionals are beginning to discuss the development of innovative, distinctive and utilitarian history programs. The goals of these 21st century history programs are to train students for both academic and non academic careers and rethink the traditional graduate history curriculum at the MA and PhD levels. In 2009, Drew University reformulated its graduate history program and developed History & Culture to adapt to these circumstances. Our hope in organizing and assembling this conference is to contribute to the growing discussion about the changing expectations in the discipline, in order to address the challenges we face and move beyond.

Keynote speakers: Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University and Robert Townsend of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information: http://drew.edu/crossroads

Posted: October 22, 2015
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2015 Conference on Illinois History

The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 24-25, 2015, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. The conference includes 25 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, race, immigration, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics.

Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or sabrina.manci@illinois.gov.

For a printed copy, contact Shanta.thoele@illinois.gov or 217-524-6045.

For more info: http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx

Posted: July 28, 2015
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2015 National Underground Railroad Conference

The OAH is pleased to be partnering with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the 2015 National Underground Railroad Conference, June 17-20, 2015, to be held in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

More information about this year's theme and the conference, including hotel and registration information, can be found here.

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Posted: April 30, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Annual Meeting 2015 Media Coverage

Were you unable to attend the Annual Meeting in St. Louis? Visit History News Network for comprehensive reports on Day 1Day 2, and Day 3. You'll find links to HNN interviews, conference highlights, and more at "The 2015 OAH Annual Meeting: Videos, News, Everything."

Find more videos and interviews here>>

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Posted: April 26, 2015
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Slavery, Freedom, and the Remaking of American History: A Conference in Honor of Ira Berlin, April 9-10

The Department of History of the University of Maryland, College Park, announces "Slavery, Freedom, and the Remaking of American History: A Conference in Honor of Ira Berlin," April 9-10, 2015. The conference will feature papers by former students of Ira Berlin and by past and present members of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. For the full program, visit www.history.umd.edu.

The conference is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Directions, maps, and other information for visitors may be found at http://cvs.umd.edu/visitors/.

Posted: March 16, 2015
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NEH Summer Institute: Early American Women's History: Teaching from the Archives

Rhode Island Historical Society
Community College of Rhode Island
July 20 - July 31, 2015

In this institute, we will explore the subject of access through three lines of inquiry: women's struggles to access particular social, civic or legal arenas in early New England life; our struggles and successes as researchers to access, recover, and contextualize the voices of marginalized women; and 21st-century students' difficulty in accessing the primary sources that tell the stories of these women in libraries and archives.

Through lectures, hands-on activities and research at renowned libraries and archives in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we will work toward three primary goals: 1:) trace early American women's access into the milieus which sought to deny them a voice or participation; 2:) address the practical concerns of community-college faculty in history and literary studies in using libraries and archives with their students while establishing best practices for doing so effectively; and 3:) explore successful models of collaboration with local libraries, archives, and historic sites to facilitate student access to primary-source research and engagement.

Participating teachers will be given a stipend of $2,100 to help cover travel, lodging, and other expenses.

The deadline for applying is March 2, 2015.

For more information and to apply, please visit:  www.rihs.org/neh

Posted: February 9, 2015
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World War II Writers' Weekend, Florida State University

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts will host the inaugural World War II Writers' Weekend on February 14-15, 2015 featuring talks and book signings by authors of a range of works on World War II. Speakers include Robert Gellately (Stalin's Curse), Michael Neiberg (The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris), Marcus Cox (Segregated Soldiers), Annika Culver (Glorify the Empire), and others. This free event is open to the general public and will take place at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida and coincide with the opening of an exhibit highlighting the extensive collections of documents and artifacts that are preserved by the Institute on World War II. The Human Experience will open February 13 and run through March 29, 2015. For more details, please contact ww2@ww2.fsu.edu or contact Professor G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at kpiehler@fsu.edu.

For More Information: http://ww2.fsu.edu

Posted: December 15, 2014
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NEH Summer Programs for School and College Educators

Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports tuition-free, residential summer programs for school and college educators. Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.

These one-to-five week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities.

For a list of NEH Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for 2015, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. The application deadline is March 2, 2015.

Posted: December 2, 2014
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"So Sudden an Alteration”: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution

April 9-11, 2015 Conference
Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

"So Sudden an Alteration" aims to break out of the well-worn grooves of historical inquiry that have defined the study of the Revolution for the past fifty years and bring into focus key themes intended to inspire future scholarship. Sponsors include the MHS, the David Library of the American Revolution, Boston University, and Williams College.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Woody Holton of the University of South Carolina, "'Not Yet': The Originality Crisis in American Revolution Studies," and a proposal by Brendan McConville of Boston University, "In the Year One: The Revolution Reconsidered." It will include nine panels, each to discuss three precirculated papers; a wrap-up discussion; a visit to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library; and an introduction to Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr., the Society's digital collection of the Revolutionary-era publications that Dorr assembled, commented on, and indexed.

Register online for advance copies of the papers that will be discussed: $75/$50 students.

Hotel: a special room rate of $189.00 per night is available at the Inn at Longwood (http://www.innatlongwood.com/) for the nights of April 8-11. Use code MHSC2014. Reserve online by March 9.

Space is limited; register and make hotel reservations early. Questions? Contact kviens@masshist.org

For more information: http://www.masshist.org/conferences/american-revolution

Posted: October 15, 2014
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Museums at the Crossroads: Call for Applications

Call for Applicants (deadline Nov. 15)
Museums at the Crossroads: an interactive workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington, May 14-21, 2015

Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures invites applications from museum scholars and practitioners to join an intensive international workshop charting new directions for museums of culture and history. Successful applicants will receive free lodging and a per diem during their stay. Application deadline: Novermber 15, 2014. For more information, as well as application details, visit the Museums at the Crossroads website.

Posted: October 10, 2014
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2015 NCHE Conference: Encounters in History

The National Council for History Education (NCHE) is coming to historic St. Augustine, Florida to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States.

Our 2015 Conference will be held at Flagler College on March 19-21. The national conference is a place where historical thinkers can come together and share their passion for teaching and learning. Join teachers, historians and university faculty from around the nation for three days of the best in history education!

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Posted: August 27, 2014
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