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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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 19, 2015, marks the 30th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday. The inspirational and influential civil rights leader, who was born on January 15, 1929, is the only nonpresident honored with a federal holiday.

Dr. King was instrumental in America’s modern civil rights movement and is recognized as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. The Baptist minister spent his adult life striving for racial equality until his assassination in 1968 at the age of 39. He played pivotal roles in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, in the 1964 March for Jobs and Freedom on the Washington, D.C., national mall, and in multiple peaceful resistance campaigns for which he was jailed more than two dozen times. Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, the same year Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, followed the next year by the Voting Rights Act.  

President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1983 establishing the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday on the third Monday of every January (beginning in 1986). Dr. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, led the 15-year effort, which included support from Congressman John Conyers, Senator Ted Kennedy, Congressman Jack Kemp, and Stevie Wonder, among others. 

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Posted: January 16, 2015
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Funding Opportunity - University of Hull (UK) Doctoral Awards

The University of Hull is offering the following fully funded doctoral awards over three years. The closing date for applications is February 2, 2015.

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Posted: January 14, 2015
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AJHA 2015 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize

The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention. Eligible works shall include both quantitative and qualitative historical dissertations, written in English, which have been completed between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014.

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Posted: December 16, 2014
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OAH Issues Statement Regarding Steven Salaita

The OAH Executive Committee was authorized to prepare a statement addressing Steven Salaita’s termination at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After preparation of the statement, the OAH Executive Board approved sending the statement to the Chancellor at the University of Illinois and representatives at the American Association of University Professors.

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Posted: December 16, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization

2015 Conference of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars

NCIS is pleased to announce its 16th conference, to be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in June, 2015. The theme, Traditions and Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape, will be addressed by keynote speaker, Lawrence K. Grossman, former president of PBS and NBC News. Scholars and the general public are invited to join us for what promises to be a candid and engaging discussion on "The Tale of a Sometime 'Independent Scholar,' With and Without Footnotes in the Digital Age."

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Posted: December 11, 2014
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NEH Announces New Grant Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new grant opportunity, the Public Scholar Program, intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic.

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Posted: December 11, 2014
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Vicki Ruiz Selected as a 2015 National Women's History Month Honoree

Vicki Ruiz, Educator and Pioneer in Latina History, has been named an Honoree for National Women's History Month for 2015. Her achievements will be recognized and celebrated by the National Women's History Project on March 28, 2015 at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

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Posted: November 17, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization

The OAH Strongly Urges Support of the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014

The Organization of American Historians strongly urges support of S. 2712, the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014, recently sponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois to allow adjunct, contingent and other part-time faculty to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. As it currently stands, the PSLF program encourages graduating students to apply for and continue to work full-time in public service jobs.  After making 120 payments (10 years of student loan payments) graduates may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program while employed full-time by selected public service employers in such careers as the military, public education, public health and law enforcement.

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Posted: October 23, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization

American Academy in Rome 2015 Rome Prize Fellowship

The American Academy in Rome is now accepting applications for the 2015 Rome Prize competition.

Each year, through a national juried competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following categories:

Rome Prize winners live and work at the Academy's eleven-acre campus in Rome and receive a stipend, room and board, and a study or studio. Stipends for six-month fellowships are $16,000 and stipends for eleven-month fellowships are $28,000.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2014 (extended deadline 15 November).

For more information and to apply, please visit the Academy website at www.aarome.org/romeprize.

Posted: October 8, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession

Fellowships at the Huntington

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. The Library collections range chronologically from the eleventh century to the present and include seven million manuscripts, 420,000 rare books, 275,000 reference works, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera. The Burndy Library consists of some 67,000 rare books and reference volumes in the history of science and technology, as well as an important collection of scientific instruments. Within the general fields listed above there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, photographs, and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

The Huntington will award to scholars over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2015-2016. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.

Short-Term Awards

Long-Term Awards

Application deadline for all fellowships: November 15, 2014. (Please note this is an earlier deadline than in past years.)

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Posted: September 26, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession

The Annual Richard G. Hewlett Lecture and Dinner

October 23, 2014
Clyde's of Gallery Place
707-7th St. NW, Washington, DC

The Society for History in the Federal Government is honored to present distinguished historian Anthony S. Pitch as featured guest at the annual Richard G. Hewlett Lecture and Dinner. Author of many works on Washington, DC, area, including The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, and They Have Killed Papa Dead!–The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, Pitch will discuss "The Joys of Researching A Work of Non-Fiction." Embracing his works on the War of 1812 and others, Pitch will reflect on the creative process with an emphasis on the excitement of discovering historical materials in the Library of Congress.

Registration: http://shfg.org/shfg/events/hewlett-lecture/

Posted: September 23, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession

Library of Congress: Main Reading Room Open House on Columbus Day

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special public open house to share information about how the public can access the Library's resources year-round.. The fall open house will take place on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photography, excluding use of tripods, is allowed.

The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Reference librarians will be available to demonstrate the Library's online resources and discuss access to the Library's vast onsite collections, including services and collections for use in family history research. No other reference services will be available and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed.

The Jefferson Building, which will be open to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., also features the incomparable Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions.

Among current exhibitions in the Jefferson building are "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle For Freedom" and "Exploring the Early Americas".

Housed in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor through September 15, 2015, "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle For Freedom" highlight major legal and legislative struggles and victories leading to its passage, shedding light on individuals — both prominent leaders and private citizens — who participated in the decades-long campaign for equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom" is made possible by a generous grant from Newman's Own Foundation, with additional support from History®.

"Exploring the Early Americas" is an ongoing exhibit housed in the Northwest Gallery on the second floor. It features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds.

Special Gallery talks will take place throughout the day offering a rare opportunity to learn from exhibit curators and experts in the American civil rights movement. At 11 a.m., John Hessler, co-author of Christopher Columbus Book of Privileges: 1502 The Claiming of a New World, will discuss that story "of exploration, of bravery, of greed, or law, and the possibility of vast riches." Signed copies of the book will be available in the Library shop at a special Columbus Day discount.

The Library's Young Readers Center (YRC) will celebrate the Columbus Day holiday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a program about "Exploring Our World". Young people, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times, will find book displays, activities and crafts about the exploration of land, sea and space. The YRC library of current and classic books, puppet theatre, games and puzzles will also be available.

Unreserved guided tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be offered at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Each tour is limited to 40 people and designed to accommodate individuals and families, not large groups. More information about the Library, the exhibitions and tours is available at the orientation desks at www.loc.gov/visit/ or by calling (202) 707-8000. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library's rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

Posted: September 18, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession

Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Fellowships

The Omohundro Institute is comitted to building intellectual infrastructure. We are a dynamic community of authors, readers, and teachers dedicated to early American scholarship. 

Housed on the campus of William & Mary, the oldest public university in America, and situated in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the Institute of Early American History and Culture was established in 1943 by the College of William & Mary and the colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The name of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr., was added in 1996 in recognition of their generous support of the Institute. Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner and 2009 recpient of the National Humanties Medal as well as a MacArthur Fellow, characterizes the Institute as "one of the crown jewels of the American historical profession." Read More>>

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Posted: September 16, 2014
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession

Mack Center Fellowship

The Mack Center enhances teaching by advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Administered by FACET, the center stimulates inquiry in SoTL, promotes the results of those inquiries, and fosters educational excellence at Indiana University and internationally.

The Mack Center:
Supports SoTL research by Mack Fellows and other faculty to develop highly effective, evidence-based strategies for enhancing teaching and learning

Sponsors conferences, workshops, and publications that develop faculty members' and graduate students' teaching skills and share knowledge about SoTL

Nurtures the growth of university, state, and global communities of teacher-scholars

The Mack Center collaborates with people and programs worldwide—including FACET initiatives such as the Future Faculty Teaching Fellows Summer Institute and journals—to advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Become a Mack Fellow:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Each year the Mack Center selects a group of fellows to conduct ambitious research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and to participate in our community of SoTL scholars.    

Mack Fellows receive $1,000 in initial research funds and $1000 after they complete their project and submit a paper to a scholarly journal.

For the complete call for submissions, follow this link: https://facet.indiana.edu/about/mack-center/call-for-mack-fellow.pdf

If you need additional information, contact, Beth Kern, at (574) 520-4352 or bkern@iusb.edu

Posted: September 10, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession

OAH Statement on the AP Test

The Organization of American Historians supports the Revised Framework for the Advanced Placement and U.S. History Course and Exam. In response to recent criticism of the College Board, the OAH affirms that expert teachers and scholars of good will designed and conducted the extensive process of revision. The OAH is proud to be associated with these dedicated and professional teachers and historians. Many are OAH members.

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Posted: August 29, 2014
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9th Annual ASALH Convention

September 24-28, 2014 at The Peabody Memphis; Memphis, TN 

Civil Rights in America-More than 175 sessions featuring prominent figures in Black cultural studies and special events to include:

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Posted: August 28, 2014
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Valley of the Dams: The Impact and Legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority

5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00 – 4:00

View the new supporting online exhibit Valley of the Dams: The Impact and Legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority at http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/exhibits/exhibits-tva.html

The National Archives at Atlanta is the repository of approximately 13,000 cubic feet of records documenting the impact and legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority. These historic sources are ripe for new scholarship and discovery. This year's symposium encourages research in these diverse records, features scholars whose published works were based on these holdings, and promotes the discovery of new scholars from universities and colleges across the Southeast and the nation.

Pre-registration is required.
Registration is free and limited to 200 participants.
To register online, go to: http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/tva-symposium/
To register by email: atlanta.archives@nara.gov

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Posted: August 28, 2014
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NCH Advocacy Roundup

The National Coalition for History has been busy this summer working on a number of public policy initiatives relevant to U.S. historians. Here is a summary of that news from NCH Executive Director Lee White:

Federal Funding for the Humanities:
On July 15, The House Appropriations Committee adopted the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies FY 15 funding bill which includes $146 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Coalition for History and the National Humanities Alliance had issued an advocacy alert urging support of increased funding, and the Committee responded by adding to the $138 million amount recommended by the Interior appropriations subcommittee.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission could receive its first increase in six fiscal years in the FY '15 budget, albeit a modest one. Both the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill passed by the House and the one considered by the FS&GG appropriations subcommittee in the Senate include an additional $500,000 for the NHPRC, up to a level of $5 million.

On July 18, the NCH submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education requesting that history and civics education be included as priorities in determining where to focus federal financial assistance through the agency's discretionary grant programs. The Department of Education had proposed repealing its 2010 list of supplemental priorities which would remove history and civics education and replace it with new priorities. The Organization of American Historians and other history groups put out a call urging members to express support of history and civics funding. Thank you to those who responded! More than 1,600 citizens had submitted comments by the July 24 deadline.

National Women's History Museum Commission:
On May 16, the NCH sent a letter to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) regarding bill S.398 which would establish a commission to study the creation of a National Women's History Museum. NCH strongly supports forming the commission, as well as the ultimate goal of building the museum, but expressed concerns that the current legislation leaves out expert historians and the public from the deliberations of the commission and endorses a problematic fundraising plan. The nonprofit group National Women's History Museum, Inc. originally promoted the idea in 1996, but has faced difficulty raising funds and has also been criticized for the quality of the women's history exhibits on its website. In May, a companion bill (H.R. 863) passed the House by a vote of 383-33. S. 398 has not yet been scheduled for markup or consideration by the Senate.

Boston Public Schools History and Social Studies Education
The Boston Public School System on May 30 responded to a letter written by the NCH, giving assurances that its history and social studies department was not going to be eliminated. "We are glad you reached out to us," stated Interim Superintendent John McDonough, "and we are even happier that there is an organization such as yours to advocate for the preservation and expansion of History instruction." Rumors had surfaced on the internet earlier that month, followed by an online petition that went viral throughout the historical community. BPS issued a statement indicating that an upcoming reorganization had been misinterpreted.

To read Lee White's Advocacy Roundup article in full, go to: http://www.oah.org/programs/news/tag/advocacy

Posted: July 31, 2014
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession

President Obama Honors Three OAH Past Presidents with National Humanities Medals

On Monday, President Barack Obama will present National Humanities Medals to historians David Brion Davis, Darlene Clark Hine, and Anne Firor Scott. All three honorees have served the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as president and are lifetime members. "We join all Americans in applauding the contributions these three individuals have made to their areas of research, and we thank them for their legacy of support to OAH," said Patricia Limerick, OAH President. Learn More >

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Posted: July 25, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, Clio's Kudos, News of the Organization

Your Help Urgently Needed--July 24 Comment Deadline

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a list of supplemental funding priorities, and unfortunately, history and civics are not included. This list of supplemental priorities and definitions to be used in awarding discretionary (competitive) grants made by the Department repeals their 2010 list. Please help the OAH and the National Coalition of History salvage history and civic education as priority funding areas. Read the OAH's letter to the Department of Education here. Please comment by July 24 on the importance of funding history and civics education by going here.

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Posted: July 22, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession