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Capitalism and Socialism: Utopia, Globalization, and Revolution

Capitalism and Socialism: A Multidisciplinary Conference at New Harmony, Indiana will be held November 6-8, 2014. The conference coincides with the bicentennial of New Harmony's founding by German Harmonists in 1814. New Harmony is probably best known as the site of industrialist Robert Owen's experiment in communal living in 1825. As a factory owner and manager in early nineteenth-century Scotland, Owen achieved success in the new regime of modern capitalism. But as a critical observer of the effects of industrialization, he was also a reformer and one of the "utopian socialists" described by Marx. The legacy of Owen and the Bicentennial of New Harmony are relevant as the world emerges from the shadow of the recent economic crisis and as socialism has returned to the political and economic lexicon.  Panel and individual paper proposals are welcome. The conference organizers seek proposals for full panels or individual papers on topics related to Capitalism and Socialism, past and present. Proposals are due May 26, 2014. Learn more >

Posted: April 25, 2014
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Ohio Humanities Council Oral History Institute

The Ohio Humanities Council has opened registration for its 2014 Oral History Institute, which will take place June 3-5 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The program trains participants in planning and conducting successful oral history projects. Volunteers or staff from local history organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges are encouraged to apply. We have also accepted participants from a variety of other backgrounds; including those working in corporate history, park services, medicine/research, and tourism. Emphasizing hands-on experience, topics covered in the three-day schedule include interviewing techniques, transcribing and archiving, and devising public programs based on oral history. To develop these skills, participants will work on a practice project that encompasses all stages of oral history. Additional sessions cover using technology in oral history, fundraising, and civic tourism. The Institute faculty includes professors of History, Sociology, Archiving, and Journalism, each representing extensive experience conducting oral history projects. The Institute schedule provides ample time for students to consult with these experts. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2014.

For additional information or to obtain an application, visit http://www.ohiohumanities.org/programs/oral-history-institute.html or contact James Calder at (800) 293-9774 or jimc@ohiohumanities.org.

Posted: April 7, 2014
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2014 Saint Xavier University Stephen A. Douglas Symposium

In commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Saint Xavier University and the Stephen A. Douglas Association will hold a one-day public symposium, "Visualizing the American Past: Remembering Stephen A. Douglas in the Age of Ken Burns" on April 26, 2014 to assess Douglas' historical legacy and portrayals of it. The symposium is presented by Saint Xavier University and the Stephen A. Douglas Association and is cosponsored by Saint Xavier's College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History and Political Science, Department of Art and Design, School of Education and Center for Instructional Design and Technology. Learn more about the 2014 Symposium >

Posted: March 24, 2014
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The View From the East: The Federal Government and the American West

There will be a five week National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute focused on the role of the federal government and the American West at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from July 7-August 8, 2014. Participants will work with and learn from Washington-area and visiting scholars including Professor Elliott West, one of the principle faculty members; Professor Patricia Limerick, who will open the institute; and Professor Richard White, who will lecture on and lead a discussion on western railroads. Professor Andres Resendez will speak to the group and lead a discussion on the history and current issues of Mexican Immigrants. Participants will visit and work with staff at The Library of Congress, the National Archives, several Smithsonian museums, the Department of the Interior, and the Mexican Embassy. They will work with the latest digital tools and resources from George Mason's Center for History and New Media, as well as the digital and hard-copy resources of federal government institutions and agencies. The institute is sponsored and financed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes stipends for participants of $3,900 to defray expenses for transportation, room and board. The deadline for applications has been extended to March 11, 2014. For more information please contact Richard Stillson at rstillso@gmu.edu or visit http://chnm.gmu.edu/vfte.

Posted: February 17, 2014
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Banner Moments: University of Maryland Summer Institute

From June 30th to July 25th, the University of Michigan's American Music Institute, with support from the Star Spangled Music Foundation, will host the national "Banner Moments" Summer Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During these four weeks, thirty K-12 school teachers will explore topics in American history and culture through the lens of the Star-Spangled Banner and related American music. Participants will receive a $3300 stipend.  Applications are due March 4.  For more information visit: http://music.umich.edu/ami/bannermoments/overview.htm

Posted: February 17, 2014
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2014 Council of State Archivists' Annual Washington Briefing and Forum

The Council of State Archivists' Annual Washington Briefing and Forum will take place on Tuesday afternoon, March 18th, from 2 - 4 pm at the Library of Congress.  Join us for an update on our State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) activities and to share strategies for collectively advancing the opportunities and addressing the challenges facing the preservation and access of electronic records.

The SERI project is a multi-year initiative funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to March 18th. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you then.

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) is a national nonprofit that facilitates networking and project collaboration among the 56 state and territorial archives in the United States. CoSA's members manage combined budgets of nearly $200 million annually, authorize departmental purchases, and influence statewide spending. Their agencies are responsible for protecting the rights and history of the American people across our country. For more information visit http://www.statearchivists.org

Posted: February 17, 2014
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2014 Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference

The Presidential Sites and Library Conference is held every four years and is hosted at a site with connections to the American presidency and includes attendees representing institutions from all regions of the country and from across the spectrum of the historical profession. Presidential sites are the memory keepers of each presidency. They remind us of the best each of these Presidents had to offer in leadership, character, and service. But should they offer only a snapshot in history? For more information about this year's conference, to be held June 2-5 at the Clinton Presidential Center, in Little Rock, Arkansas,  visit: http://about.aaslh.org/2014-psl-conference/.

Posted: February 7, 2014
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2014 NEH Summer Programs for School and College Educators

Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports tuition-free 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. The application deadline is March 4, 2014Read more >

More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs

Posted: November 25, 2013
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Survey Courses Project: From the American Revolution to the American Jubilee 1776-1826

The Community College Humanities Association in cooperation with the White House Historical Association and the United States Capitol Historical Society announces a summer experiential program entitled Survey Courses Project: Workshops in American History and Culture. This workshop will provide college and university faculty members an intensive learning experience that will enable them to gain immediately fresh insights and rich content to enhance their survey courses and scholarship. The first workshop entitled From the American Revolution to the American Jubilee 1776-1826 is scheduled for June 22-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2014Read more >

More information is available at: http://www.ccha-assoc.org/

Posted: November 25, 2013
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The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) invites essay submissions for a conference, “‘So Sudden an Alteration’: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution” to be held April 2-4, 2015, in recognition of the 250th anniversary of the passage of the Stamp Act. The program will be held at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and is co-sponsored by the MHS, Boston University, the David Library of the American Revolution, and Williams College. Submissions should include a one-page description of up to 500 words and a short c.v. with current contact information. Deadline: February 21, 2014Read more >

More information is available at: http://www.masshist.org/research/conferences

Posted: November 25, 2013
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The Civil War in Art and Memory Symposium

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art will hold the symposium "The Civil War in Art and Memory" on November 8 and 9, 2013. The program features seventeen scholarly lectures by historians and art historians. The symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial," open September 15, 2013 to January 20, 2014 at the National Gallery of Art. Please see announcement  and complete program at: http://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/NGart/attach/Shaw_Symposium.pdf  RSVP by October 25 to casva@nga.gov.

Posted: October 3, 2013
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National WWII Museum's International Conference

The public is invited to join award-winning historians and military experts in New Orleans on November 21-23 for the International Conference on WWII and explore the momentous decisions of a year that altered the course of the war that changed the world. Time is of the essence for those interested in attending. Space at the popular conference is disappearing fast. The two-and-a-half-day conference focuses on the pivotal events of 1943, America’s second full year of fighting and a period when the tide of war finally turned to favor the Allies.

More information is available at: http://ww2conference.com/home/

Posted: September 3, 2013
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Business and Politics in Twentieth Century America

The Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, will hold its Business and Politics in Twentieth Century America conference, Friday November 8. Advanced registration for the conference is required, but is free of charge.

More information is available at: http://www.hagley.org/event-2013conference

Posted: September 3, 2013
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2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of Personal Historians

The Association of Personal Historians (APH) will gather for their annual conference in Bethesda, Maryland, November 8-12, 2013.

More information is available at: http://www.personalhistorians.org/conference/c2013/annual_conference.php

Posted: September 3, 2013
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2013 Conference on Illinois History

The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 26-27, 2013, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. This is the fifteenth year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The conference includes 23 paper sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, Latino history, and the Civil War; seven workshops; and two roundtable discussions.  Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) are approved for the conference.

More information is available at: http://www.IllinoisHistory.gov/conference.htm

Posted: September 3, 2013
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The Mohawk Valley—New England Extended: Landscapes of Cultural and Economic Change and Diversity

The Pioneer America Society invites proposals for papers, special sessions and panel discussions relating to the conference theme for 2013: “The Mohawk Valley—New England Extended:  Landscapes of Cultural and Economic Change and Diversity” meeting at the Hotel Utica in Utica, NY, Friday, October 11. Visit the web site for complete conference information including details for proposal submission. Deadline for submissions is September 20, 2013.

More information is available at: http://www.pioneeramerica.org/annualmeeting2013call.html

Posted: September 3, 2013
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International Committee of Historical Sciences 2015 Conference

Conference organizers of the 22nd Comité International Des Sciences Historiques (CISH) Congress welcome proposals for its conference to be held August 23-29, 2015 in Jinan China. This year's theme is "MT4 History, New Media and the Digital Turn." Conference organizers welcome proposals for this meeting. Submission deadline is November 30, 2013. Read more >

More information is available at: http://www.cish.org/congres/MT4-digital-turn.pdf

Posted: August 29, 2013
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Foodways in the Northeast II: A Second Helping

“Foodways in the Northeast II: A Second Helping” is a three-day conference on June 21-23 of seventeen lectures, a supporting workshop, and demonstrations on the subject of New England’s culinary history from 1600 to the present. The program complements and expands on scholarly developments presented at a previous Seminar held thirty-one years ago in Deerfield in 1982. The Seminar is designed for educators, historians, culinarians, collectors, authors, librarians, and museum curators; students and the general public are cordially invited to attend. The conference will take place at Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

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Posted: May 29, 2013
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2014 Florida Conference of Historians Annual Meeting

The Florida Conference of Historians (FCH) invites faculty, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students to participate in the 2014 annual meeting to be held in historic St. Augustine, Florida on January 31-February 1, 2014. The FCH welcomes panels and individual papers on all historical subjects and themes. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians, a peer-reviewed journal. The FCH is also pleased to offer two best paper awards. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are eligible to compete for the Thomas M. Campbell Award, which is given to the best paper published in the FCH Annals. The J. Calvitt Clarke III Award is given to the best undergraduate research paper. Each award winner will receive $100. Panel and individual paper proposals are due by December 6, 2013. More information on submitting a paper and/or panel, registering, finding hotel accommodations, and important dates, may be found on the FCH website.

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Posted: April 23, 2013
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2013 National Trust Preservation Conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 29-November 2. The conference encompasses nearly one hundred education and field sessions using Indianapolis and the surrounding area as a living laboratory of preservation examples.

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Posted: March 25, 2013
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