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“News of the Profession” includes announcements of special interest to American historians and practitioners at all levels. Please submit your announcement using this form.

Collective Statement by Scholars in U.S. History and Related Fields on Civil Rights and Liberties in Dangerous Times

As scholars of United States history and related fields, we have experienced concern and alarm as we went from a divisive campaign season to the election of Donald Trump as our president-elect. On the eve of a new administration whose key players have traded in hateful rhetoric and emboldened the harassment of various targets, we urge Americans to be vigilant against a mass violation of civil rights and liberties that could result if such troubling developments continue unchecked.

We sign this statement as individual scholars. Institutions are listed for identification purposes only.

Click here to see the full statement as well as the list of over 1,200 scholars who have signed.

Posted: December 15, 2016
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NCH Intervenes to Preserve History Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center

This summer, the NCH became aware that the history office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) was likely to be defunded and closed at the end of the 2016 fiscal year on September 30. The NCH working collaboratively with the OAH, the AHA and the Society for History in the Federal Government was able to convince NASA leadership to provide the funding necessary to keep the JSC office open with the resources it needs to be fully staffed and maintain the same excellent level of service to the historical community and the public. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


National Women's History Museum Commission Update

The American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission is in the process of wrapping up its work. Over the past year, the commission has received input from historians with expertise in women's history and other stakeholders. A report to the President and Congress must be submitted by November 16, 2016. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
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Congress Creates Commission to Prepare for USA's 250th Anniversary

In July 2016, Congress passed legislation (Public Law 114-196) establishing the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to begin planning for the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026. NCH will be working to ensure qualified historians with expertise in the field are included on the commission. The commission will be comprised of 8 members of congress, 16 private citizens, and 8 federal officials. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
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Summer Institute on Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities

June 19-23, 2017 & June 2018

The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina will focus on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architectural, urban history or material culture. The two-year Institute will provide "hands-on" training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization.

Participants will develop a digital component to a research project related to the lives of things as interrogations of meaning, circulation, and change over the long life of places and objects. Participants will examine how modeling, database and mapping tools can move research in new directions, reframing evidence towards new questions and expanding scholarship into new arenas of research and public outreach.

The workshop is intended for mid-career scholars engaged in research that can be expanded to include a digital dimension. No previous experience in digital scholarship required. The Institute will be led by Caroline Bruzelius and Mark Olson, both in the Department Art, Art History &Visual Studies and co-founders of the Wired! lab at Duke University. Application may be made until midnight February 21, 2015. Instructions are available via http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/digital-humanities/

Posted: November 4, 2016
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The Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute

The Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute takes students and teachers on the journey of a lifetime to explore WWII history through the life of a Silent Hero who is memorialized in the Normandy American Cemetery. This program is made possible through the generous support of Mr. Albert H. Small.

Applications are now being accepted and it is free to apply:

• All applicants must be available June 17–29, 2017.
• All courses, materials, and overseas travel are covered for accepted teachers and students.
• Applications are due by November 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
• All participants must apply as one team.
• Students must be either a sophomore or junior in high school as of fall 2016.
• Teachers can be middle or high school teachers.
• All applications must be fully completed and submitted as a single PDF document.

For More Information: https://nhd.org/normandy-sacrifice-freedom

In June 2017, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Beginning in January, students and teachers will engage in an online class led by World War II historians, which includes weekly readings and online discussions with their peers. Additionally, teachers will aid students in the historical study of a Silent Hero buried in or memorialized at the Normandy American Cemetery whose story has not been previously told. With help from a research volunteer from the National Archives and Records Administration, students will research and learn about the life of a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman in order to build a website once they return from France.

In June, the teams will travel to Washington, D.C., where the students and teachers will be immersed in lectures and activities presented by World War II historians and they will participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area in order to understand the cost of war.

On the final leg of the journey, the group will travel to France and walk in the footsteps of history in Normandy. In addition to learning from local historians and curators, students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign that they have individually studied throughout the year. The Washington, D.C. and Normandy portions of the institute will require significant walking. Please be sure that you are able to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain, in variable weather. Please be aware that due to health issues this is a tobacco free trip.

The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will present a eulogy at the grave of a Silent Hero buried at the Normandy American Cemetery based on their individual research of a member of the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Teams will return to the U.S. together, teachers are required to return from France with their student and accompany them to their final destination. Once the teams return from France, teachers will help their students as they work to build their Silent Hero websites, which will be used to immortalize and pass on the memory of American sacrifice to later generations.

Please note that due to logistical arrangements, family members are not able to accompany the teams on the program.

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Journal of American History Executive Editor Named

The OAH is pleased to announce that Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor at the University of Arizona, has been named the new Executive Editor of the Journal of American History and associate professor in the department of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011). Irvin has worked on the editorial boards or staffs of Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, History Compass, and the Journal of American History. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.

Irvin will begin his term as Executive Editor of the Journal of American History in August 2017.

Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH President Nancy Cott on Texas Textbook Controversy

OAH President Nancy Cott, on behalf of the OAH Executive Committee, has joined with other scholars, concerned citizens, and the American Historical Association to raise objections to the proposed Mexican American Studies textbook under consideration by the Texas State Board of Education. Her letter can be read here.

The textbook, proposed in response to activist efforts to include Mexican American studies as part of the Texas history curriculum, has come under fire from teachers, activists, law makers, and scholars. An Ad Hoc Committee convened by the Texas Board of Education as part of a customary review process submitted its 54-page "Report on a Proposed Social Studies Special Topic Textbook, Mexican American Heritage," on September 6, which details the numerous factual inaccuracies and offensive stereotypes found in the text.

If the Texas State Board of Education agrees that there are errors, the publisher, Momentum Instruction, will be given an opportunity to address them prior to the board vote. The Texas State Board of Education will decide after the election in November whether the textbook will be adopted for the 2017-2018 school year.

Posted: September 30, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH President Nancy Cott's Letter to Lincoln University

Several months ago, the OAH learned that the Board of Curators at Lincoln University decided to deactivate its history degree programs, thereby preventing students from enrolling in these programs. In response to this news, OAH President Nancy Cott sent a letter to Lincoln University President Dr. Kevin D. Rome Sr. urging the Board of Curators to reconsider their decision.

On Thursday, September 29, the OAH heard that LU Faculty Senate members have supported a "no confidence vote" on the work of Said Sewell, the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs. The Jefferson, Missouri, News Tribune noted that OAH had urged the university to reverse its decision and reactivate its program quickly. President Cott's letter was heavily cited in the newspaper article, which you can read here (http://www.newstribune.com/news/story/story/2016/Sep/29/curators-history-degree-decision-questioned/642415/)

Posted: September 29, 2016
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The Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri: 2016 Black Studies Fall Conference

On October 14-15, 2016, the Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia campus, will host its annual Black Studies Fall Conference to explore the theme of Black Resistance in the Americas: Slavery and its Aftermath. The conference will be an international gathering of scholars, activists, and students, who will explore the factors of both historical and contemporary black resistance in the Americas, and reflect on the approaches for addressing the concerns of contemporary social justice movements against racial inequality.

This event is FREE and Open to the public. The keynote address, "We Fight!" Red Tails, Black Soldiers, and the Civil Rights Movement will be given by OAH Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Carol Anderson, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta.

2016 Black Studies Fall Conference Flyer

2016 Black Studies Fall Conference Program

Posted: September 16, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


NEH Announces $79 Million for Nearly 300 Humanities Projects and Programs Nationwide

In its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs across the United States. The grants will be awarded in 14 humanities fields or areas and also include $42.8 million in annual operating support for the national network of state and local humanities councils.

The grants will support a wide range of efforts in the humanities. For example, Bowdoin College professor Matthew Klingle is one of 30 grantees in the Public Scholar program. Klingle will receive funding in support of scholarly research for "Sweet Blood," a forthcoming book geared to a general audience about the history of diabetes from the late 19th century to the present. Matthew Klingle is an OAH member as well as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

In Hawaii, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum – which with 25 million objects in its holdings is one the largest resources for ethnological and biological studies about Hawaii and the Pacific Islands – received a grant to plan for improved environmental storage conditions of a collection of more than one million archaeological artifacts. And in Washington, DC, Women in Film & Video received a development grant for a forthcoming documentary about contributions of African-American diplomats during the Cold War.

In Wyoming, where the state humanities council received operating support, one of the council's signature programs is an ongoing series on the history of refugee resettlement in the state and the country. It features readings, discussions, and panelists made up of scholars and educators on the topic.

Next Generation PhD, a new grant program, is being awarded to 28 colleges and universities. These grants support a transformation of how PhD candidates in the humanities study for their degrees and are prepared for a broader range of careers at the conclusion of their often years-long, intensely academic graduate school experiences.

NEH is an independent federal agency that funds humanities projects in fields such as art history, literature, philosophy and archaeology. Created in 1965, NEH awards grants three times a year to top-rated proposals as examined by panels of independent reviewers.

"NEH grants help bring humanities experiences to Americans across the country," said Chairman William D. Adams. "Our funding supports museums, libraries and cultural institutions, and the local state councils that create and sustain humanities programs in their communities. Through films, original research, and new intellectual insights, our grants strengthen the nation's cultural fabric and identity."

Institutions, scholars, and humanities organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories will receive NEH support.

A full list of grants by geographic location is available - click here for a PDF.

Posted: August 10, 2016
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Carla Hayden Confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress on July 13, 2016. Dr. Hayden the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. View her confirmation testimony here.

Posted: July 19, 2016
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National History Day Seeks Teachers for WWII Project

NHD is seeking 18 experienced educators for a journey to San Francisco, Honolulu, and Manila to research and develop classroom materials for WWII. The travel for this program is fully funded for the teachers, they only have to pay to get to Washington, D.C. Travel overseas, room and board, and courses are all paid for. Deadline for applications is September 2, 2016.

Read more here. 

Posted: July 19, 2016
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American Library Association and Bazan ED Seek Volunteers

ALA and Bazan ED seek historians knowledgeable about the slave trade in America to volunteer to conduct a free public lecture on the topic of Slaver, Resistance, and Abolition. This free public lecture series will take place at libraries, museums, and schools throughout the United States between August 21 and October 30, 2016, and is inspired by the new film "The Birth of a Nation," which depicts Nat Turner's rebellion.

Click here for more information or to volunteer.

Posted: July 19, 2016
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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

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Advocacy Alert - Northern Illinois University Press

Following the completion of a year-long program prioritization task force, Northern Illinois University Press is facing an uncertain future. They are seeking scholars familiar with the press to write to the University by May 23. Comments can be based on your individual experience with the Press or with your scholarly assessment of their work.

Share your thoughts here. 

Posted: May 18, 2016
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Theme Sessions on the Gulf South in Peace and War

October 13-15, 2016

Mobile, Alabama

The Gulf South History and Humanities Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of Gulf South colleges and universities from the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Years ending in "6" have frequently marked times of transition between peace and war: 1819, 1866, 1916, and 1946 in particular. The 34th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, hosted by the University of South Alabama, welcomes all researchers and scholars to propose papers on such liminal periods, but all topics, panels, roundtables, performances, and workshops, exploring all aspects of the history, ethnography, archaeology, development, and cultures of the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean are encouraged. 

The registration fee includes a Thursday evening reception at the Admiral Hotel, all conference sessions, and a free one-year membership in the Association. Tickets for the banquet, annual keynote address, and a courtesy cocktail reception are all included in the additional banquet fee. 

Proposals must be postmarked by the July 15, 2016 submission deadline. To submit an individual paper, send a Word document attachment containing a title, 150 word abstract and one-page vita. To submit for the theme panel, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the theme, 150 word absract for each paper, a one-page vita for each presenter and the suggested chair/discussant. To submit for the roundtable forums or discussions, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the topic and a complete list of the participants and moderator/discussant with one-page vitas.

All submissions should be sent via email to the program chair, Dr. Donald DeVore, at ddvore@southalabama.edu. Please put "2016 Gulf South Paper" in the email subject line. Or, send a hard copy to Dr. Donald DeVore, Department of History, 5991 USA Drive North, Room 334, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688. Expect an email confirmation once your submission has been received.

For hotel reservations, contact The Admiral Hotel at http://group.curiocollection.com/GulfSouthHistoryandHumanitiesConference or 251-432-8000 (844-442-8746 toll-free). Conference room rates are $99.00/night, single or double occupancy. Please book before 12 September 2016 to guarantee the conference rate. 

Posted: March 29, 2016
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National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2016-17

Introduction to Project-Based Learning Through the NHD Curriculum Framework 

Graduate credits offered through the University of San Diego

The following courses require either five years of NHD experience or completion of the Introduction to Project-Based Learning Course:

Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

Conducting Historical Research in the NHD Model

Developing Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Writing and Editing for NHD

Developing Documentaries to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Developing Performances to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

For More Information: nhd.org/OnlineEducation

Posted: March 28, 2016
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Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

OAH member Patrick B. Miller has recently been named the 2016-2017 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, where he will guide courses in the Program for North American Studies/Department of World Cultures.

Posted: March 8, 2016
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U.S. History Scene

U.S. History Scene, a multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians, is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for its Summer 2016 Historical Writing and Research Internship Program. Interns will gain valuable writing and publishing skills through the process of writing, submitting, and editing original multimedia research articles, book reviews, and classroom lesson plans.

All interns will work one-on-one with our Editorial Board to gain experience in primary source research, editing, and publishing. Internships are unpaid, but we will assist interns in applying for stipends or university credit. Internships can be performed via telecommute from your home university.

To apply: Interested undergraduates and graduate students should submit a resume/ CV, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample to Executive Editor Jennifer Ostwinkle at Editors@USHistoryScene.com by April 1, 2016. Applicants are asked to submit a list of five original topics they would be interested in working on; these topics are not binding, but help us understand applicants' research interests. Applicants will be notified of their application decision by April 22, 2016.
For more information, please contact Jennifer at Editors@USHistoryScene.com. Please feel free to forward our e-mail to your department list serve or interested students.

Posted: February 26, 2016
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