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Yale Public History Institute: Accepting Applications

Yale Public History Institute 2019: "Interpreting Difficult History"

June 9-14, 2019, The Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), announces its 8th annual Public History Institute (PHI). Fifteen professional public historians at museums and cultural agencies in the United States, and six Yale graduate students, will be invited to come to New Haven to explore themes central to the public interpretation of "difficult history," taking account of the some of the most challenging narratives in the American past including race and racism, conquest, enslavement, economic exploitation, violence, abuse, exclusion, and stigmatization.

For an application form, email: gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu
Application deadline: April 1, 2019

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Posted: March 19, 2019
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Utah History Day Judges Needed: Join Us!

Do you love history? Are you great with kids? Join us as a Utah History Day judge this spring! More than 7,000 students participate in Utah's National History Day program each year, and our judges play a critical role in making this experience valuable and positive for each child. By serving as a judge, you can help foster a lifelong appreciation for history in young people. As a judge, you will read/view student projects, meet and interview the students, then provide written feedback on their work. Judge training, materials, and lunch are provided. In return, you will learn from them and share in their excitement about history. It's rewarding, and it's fun.

Competitions are held statewide through Aprill. Sign up for one convenient to you.

Contact utahhistoryday@gmail.com with any questions.

For contest dates and sign up, click here>>

Posted: March 13, 2019
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Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics

The Center for Civic Education will conduct a five-year series of Presidential Academies for teachers and Congressional Academies for students that will include a two-week experience each summer in conjunction with exemplary scholars and mentor teachers. This year's Academies will take place July 7-20. Participants will be immersed in the study of constitutional history and principles following the intellectual framework of the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum. The We the People program is an innovative course of study that focuses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The project will provide:

  • High-quality professional development in the content and methods of history and civics for a group of 51 new and veteran teachers of high-need students per year with goal of improving their improving subject knowledge and pedagogy. The professional development will include high-quality interactive instruction and a professional learning community aided by a History and Civics Online Forum. The stipend for teacher participants is $500.
  • High-quality, interactive instruction in history and civics for a group of 102 high-need high school students per year with the goal of improving their content knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The students will be aided by a Student Online Forum.
  • Outreach and follow-up activities through the use of a series of eight online videos by leading scholars and four webinars that will help extend the teachers’ professional development and can also benefit students and the general public.

The Academies will take place concurrently at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), which is conducive to thoughtful lectures, discussions, and individual and collaborative work and is convenient for visits to numerous National Parks and the nation’s Capital.

Teachers will be selected from schools with strong administrative support for work with high-need students. For each teacher, two high-need students from that teacher’s school or school district will apply jointly and participate in the Academies. At most sessions the teachers and students will meet separately but there will be times for joint activities during the summer and school year.

If you have questions, send them to Hale@civiced.org.

The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2019, and participants will be notified of the decision by April 1.

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Posted: February 18, 2019
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James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

Join us in April to celebrate the completion of the James K. Polk Project. Begun in 1958, the project is about to finish its fourteen-volume letterpress and digital series of the Correspondence of James K. Polk. These volumes, featuring annotated transcriptions of thousands of letters from 1817–49, enable twenty-first-century readers to use the nineteenth-century documents. They have nurtured diverse scholarship on antebellum America.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee History Department, “James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project” will be held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, in Knoxville, on April 12–13, 2019. Academic scholars, public historians, and community members will take stock of what we now know about the eleventh U.S. president and assess the contributions of the project to historical study. Presentations will include a keynote address by Amy S. Greenberg, a roundtable of Polk experts chaired by John C. Pinheiro, and a screening of a Polk documentary by Brian Rose.

See the conference website to read the preliminary program, register (it’s free), and book your hotel room. Contact us with any questions at jameskpolk@utk.edu.

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Posted: December 27, 2018
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Symposium: "Pre-Columbian & Early Colonial Florida" (Oct 27-28)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The History Council is hosting a symposium in St. Petersburg on October 27-28 that will feature many experts on Florida as it existed before and during the time of the first contact by Europeans with Native Americans.

Topics will include Native Americans of Pre-Columbian Florida; the wildlife, flora, fauna, and coastal geography of the area during the Pre-Columbian and “first contact” periods, and early attempts at settlement and exploration of the Florida west coast.

WHAT: The west coast of Florida, from Charlotte Harbor to Tampa Bay, are the sites of the first exploration and settlement attempts by Europeans in the New World. From Juan Ponce de León’s discovery of the Florida west coast in 1513, to his settlement attempt in 1521, to the Narváez Expedition in 1528, to the Hernando de Soto Expedition of 1540, little is known about where their landings in “La Florida” occurred, and little is known of the Native Americans who were here at the time. The symposium will include presentations and introduce new research, to help us to understand more about the people who came here, the people who lived here at the time, and where the explorer’s excursions took them.

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28

WHERE: St. Petersburg Yacht Club, with visits to: The Anderson/Narváez Site (Jungle Prada Archaeological Site), and The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art (opened May 2018); St. Petersburg Hilton has discounted rooms for symposium registrants.

WHO: Hosted by The History Council; Open to public (limited tickets available)

Speakers include Sterling Professor Rolena Adorno of Yale University; Professor Emeritus Jerald Milanich of the University of Florida; Chair and Professor J. Michael Francis of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; Professor Emeritus Barbara Purdy of the University of Florida; Professor Emeritus Martin Favata of the University of Tampa; Professor Ping Wang of the University of South Florida; and Professor Emeritus Al Hine of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Tickets and further information are available at HistoryCouncil.org.

Posted: October 17, 2018
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Call for Proposals - Pacific Northwest Labor History Association

Call for Papers, Presentations and Performances!

General Strike 1919-2019 – Radicalism, Repression, and Solidarity
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of a watershed year in American and Canadian labor history, especially in the West. The year was defined by the Seattle and Winnipeg General Strikes, the Centralia Massacre, and the wave of state sponsored repression of immigrant workers during the Palmer Raids. Reflecting on these events a century later encourages us to consider the significance of radicalism as well as ways that organized labor has both enforced and overcome racial and gendered barriers to solidarity. The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association seeks presentations performances, and papers that examine labor history of the past 100 years. For more information, please see the website posting for full CfP.

Proposals due by Jan. 7, 2019.

PNLHA Annual Conference May 3-5, 2019 Portland, Oregon.

Posted: September 28, 2018
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2018 Conference on Illinois History

The 2018 conference includes sessions, panels, and workshops that feature topics such as Abraham Lincoln, archaeology, Civil War, digital resources, early statehood, immigrations, museums, politics, race and popular culture. The mid-day presentation on Thursday is a roundtable discussion on Illinois Bicentennial Exhibits and will include speakers from prominent state museums and archives.

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Posted: September 7, 2018
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Boston Seminar on African American History

New series! The Massachusetts Historical Society and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are pleased to announce a new seminar series, the Boston African American History Seminar. Five sessions are being planned for dates between October and April. The first sessions will be held at the MHS at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. To be added to an email list that will announce these programs, please email seminars@masshist.org.

Our goal is to spotlight some of the most exciting new work in the field of African American History. MHS seminars offer stimulating conversations that can inform participants’ own work and are designed to facilitate networking. The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light supper.

Two sessions have already been planned for the fall. On October 18, Kellie Carter Jackson at Wellesley College will present “Losing Laroche: The Story of the Titanic’s Only Black Passenger.” On November 15, Christina Davidson of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University will present “An ‘Organic Union’: Ecclesiastical Imperialism and Caribbean Missions.” These are complemented by at least five sessions in three other MHS series that will be of interest to scholars of African American history from the colonial period to the present day. Please see the attached schedule for details.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture. Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/seminars/african-american-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
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Boston Seminar on Environmental History

The Boston Environmental History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, with seven sessions held monthly from October to April. Sessions are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper.

We’ll kick off the environmental series on October 9 with a panel conversation on Native American Environmental History featuring Lisa Brooks of Amherst College, Strother Roberts of Bowdoin College, Ashley Smith of Hampshire College, and Thomas Wickman of Trinity College and moderated by Cedric Woods of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston. Other sessions will consider recreational landscapes of Civil War memory, black labor at the dawn of Jim Crow, biological exchange in Pacific sugarcane plantations, environmental racism and justice in Boston, and more.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/environmental-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
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Boston Area Seminar on Early American History

The Boston Area Early American History Seminar is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, this year with eight sessions held monthly from October to May. Sessions are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper.

We’ll kick off the early American series on October 2 with an essay by Erik Seeman of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, “The Protestant Cult of the Dead in New England, 1800-1848,” with comment by Kenneth Minkema of Yale University. Other sessions will explore the 17th-century concept of “plantations,” the circulation of money, the separation of church and state, New York Loyalists, the opium trade, and Parson Weems, before we conclude the series with a panel discussion, “After the Fighting.” This session will reexamine the aftermath of war and the first phase of the Revolution, reconsidering the standard chronologies and exploring religious and cultural issues.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/early-american-history

Posted: September 4, 2018
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Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture

The Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 series, with seven sessions held monthly from September to April. Sessions are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and start at 5:15 PM. Subscriptions are now available at www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

What do MHS seminars offer? Access to the most recent scholarship on a range of topics, stimulating conversations that can inform your own work, and networking! The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light buffet supper.

We’ll kick off our series on the history of modern America on September 25 with an essay by Victoria Wolcott of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, “Radical Nonviolence and Interracial Utopias in the Early Civil Rights Movement.” Other sessions will focus on residential segregation, the rise of black empowerment, the adoption of Muslim place names in rural America, post-World War II Italian immigration and assimilation, and the role of technology in teaching after the war. A March 26 panel discussion will focus on different aspects of carceral culture.

Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, our new Boston African American History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, and the Boston Environmental History Seminar.

Subscribe online at www.masshist.org/research/seminars. RSVP by emailing seminars@masshist.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information:

https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/modern-american

Posted: September 4, 2018
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Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality

The organizers of the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality could not be more excited by the series we have to offer you this year. This longstanding collaboration between the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute and the Massachusetts Historical Society has yielded five sessions in 2018-2019: a discussion of a work-in-progress and four panel presentations.

Fall sessions will take place in the Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute: the panels “Reproducing Race in the Early Americas” and “Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation.” In January, we’ll meet at the MHS to consider an essay by Sonia Gomez of the University of Chicago on American Red Cross “bride schools” in Japan following WWII. February will find us back at Radcliffe for the panel “Feminist Economics” before we conclude the year at the MHS to consider “The Long 19th Amendment.” Please see below for our full schedule, including presenters. Light refreshments and the opportunity for informal networking will follow each program.

Attendance is free and open to everyone, though we ask you to email us and reserve a place at each session. Subscribers who remit $20 for the year will receive online access to any pre-circulated materials via a password-protected interface. Pre-circulated materials will be available to non-subscribers who have RSVP’d for a session on the Monday prior to the program. Subscribers help to underwrite the cost of planning and presenting this free series, including the reception that follows each program.

RSVP for individual sessions at seminars@masshist.org or by phoning 617-646-0579. Subscribe online at https://www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars/women-and-gender

Posted: September 4, 2018
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Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference

The 2019 ANZASA Conference, "Community, Conflict, and 'the Meaning of America'" will be held at the University of Auckland on July 14-16, 2019.

In 1939, Perry Miller published the first volume of The New England Mind, a foundational text in American Studies. Looking back, he regarded this book as part of his life’s study of “the meaning of America.” Eighty years later, the 2019 Australian and New Zealand American Association (ANZASA) Conference will engage with Miller’s intellectual endeavor.

Read more about the conference here.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
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Watch the 2018 OAH Presidential Address | "Everyone Their Own Historian"

Edward Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at the White House, won the Bancroft Prize and Beveridge Prize in American history, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has collaborated on major digital history projects, including the Valley of the Shadow, American Panorama, and Bunk, and is one of the cohosts for BackStory, a popular podcast about American history. He is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond as well as former Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is The Thin Light of Freedom, winner of the 2018 Lincoln Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Avery Craven Prize from the OAH.

Posted: May 2, 2018
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New Badge Possibilities at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting

With the well-meaning intent of creating networking opportunities, academic conferences ask that all attendees wear a name badge prominently displayed on their person. To further help attendees navigate the many faces and names, they also traditionally ask for each person's affiliation. The OAH Annual Meeting has been no exception.

The blog post 'Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an "Independent Scholar"' by Megan Kate Nelson recently prompted an important conversation about the way in which we label ourselves, and thereby each other.  Conference attendees increasingly identify themselves as more than their affiliation, and those without a current affiliation increasingly feel on the outskirts of an ever-shrinking group.

We encourage all attendees to reconsider what they list on their badge during the registration process. We invite you to list your specialty, twitter handle, or, if you prefer, your affiliation. We want all our attendees to feel comfortable and to use the information on the badges of their peers to help build relationships and make new connections.

Join the conversation at OAH Crossroads or tweet us using #OAH18.
Register and update your badge here!

 

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Posted: October 10, 2017
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Announcing OAH Crossroads - an online community for U.S. historians

The OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads, in partnership with H-net, is an online forum where U.S. historians can collaborate to form panels for upcoming Annual Meetings, connect ahead of the conference to find room or travel mates, or converse about the profession.

As opposed to a traditional H-net network, Crossroads posts OAH related conversations from other H-net area specific networks on one page. So, if you are searching for collaborators in H-AfroAm then, by using certain keywords, it will show up in OAH Crossroads making it easier for potential Annual Meeting participants to find.

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Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Organization


OAH Receives Mellon Grant for 2018 Annual Meeting

The Organization of American Historians recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to increase the reach of the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting.

Read more about the grant and the changes to the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting here.

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Posted: February 17, 2017
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Massachusetts Historical Society Seminar Series 2017-2018

More than two dozen Massachusetts Historical Society Research Department seminars have been scheduled for 2017-2018, offered in five series: the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Modern American Society & Culture Seminar, the New England Biography Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, presented in conjunction with the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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