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Submissions Now Being Accepted for Arline Custer Award

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well-researched using available sources.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2018

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


NCPH Call for Proposals

NCPH invites proposals for its 2019 conference in Hartford, Connecticut, that explore how public history intersects—sometimes purposefully, sometimes with unintended consequences—with the ongoing task of making and remaking places, communities, and polities. To learn more about the conference theme, “Repair Work,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at http://bit.ly/ncph2019CFP. Final submissions are due Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Please email NCPH Program Manager Meghan Hillman at meghillm@iupui.edu with any questions.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Papers: WEB DuBois and Liberal Education

The Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE) at Villanova University is sponsoring a one-day conference on W.E.B. DuBois and Liberal Education. We have chosen to celebrate the work of DuBois because he is the exemplary interdisciplinary, engaged scholar, not merely a practitioner of the liberal arts but also an ardent defender of them. His writings encompassed and bridged philosophy, sociology, literature, political science, history, music, economics, Africana Studies, and cultural studies. He was also a journalist, editor, organizer, and political activist. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Marc Reyes Receives Fulbright Award

OAH member Marc Reyes (a recipient of a 2018 OAH Presidents' Travel Grant for Emerging Historians) received a Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research Award to India from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Marc, a doctoral candidate in the University of Connecticut's Department of History, will spend 2019 conducting dissertation research in Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. His dissertation, “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974” examines the political and cultural contexts of India’s atomic energy program and U.S. involvement in the development of their nuclear weapons program.

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Posted: June 1, 2018
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


2019-2020 Fellowship Award Announcement

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, invites between 20 and 25 scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2019-2020 the focus will be Economy and Society.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists

Registration is open for the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, June 22-24, 2018, at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an optional Bus Tour of Quaker historical sites following the conference, June 24-26, which will be based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Further information about the program, dining options, accommodations, registration, and the optional tour, is available on the conference website.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Call for Proposals: U.S. Catholic Historian--Suburban Catholicism

U.S. Catholic Historian seeks submissions for a future issue on the topic of Suburban Catholicism.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships

The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History

To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative’s ongoing projects in other ways.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship

This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty.

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Posted: May 31, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Proposals: U.S. Catholic Historian--Immigration after 1880

U.S. Catholic Historian seeks submissions for a future issue on the topic of the New Immigrants: Catholic Arrivals after 1880.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Call for Proposals: James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

The James K. Polk Project and the Department of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invite paper proposals for "James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project," to be held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, in Knoxville, on April 12–13, 2019.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


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.

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Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Martha Hodes Awarded Guggenheim and Cullman Center Fellowships

Martha Hodes, Professor of History at New York University, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She will be writing a book, under contract with HarperCollins, exploring history and memory through a 1970 airplane hijacking, in which she was a twelve-year-old passenger held hostage in the Jordan desert for a week.

Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Research Fellowships

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts invites applications for a number of research fellowships funded through the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Application deadline is August 15, 2018.

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Posted: May 25, 2018
Tagged: Fellowships


Debut of New Series - We are #OAHistorians

Interested in learning more about your fellow OAH members? Today marks the debut of our new series "We are #OAHistorians." Our first interviewee is Deb Hunter, who writes under the pen name of Hunter S. Jones. She joined the OAH in 2016 and attended her first OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Interviews are posted on Insights. Read Deb's interview here.

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Posted: May 17, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization


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
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


In Memoriam - Aidan J. Smith

Aidan J. Smith

On Monday, April 23, the history community lost a friend and colleague when Aidan J. Smith, OAH Public History Manager, unexpectedly passed away. Aidan was a dedicated historian who worked tirelessly overseeing the OAH-NPS collaboration. His loss is being felt across the country and throughout our community. Arrangements are still being finalized, but those who wish to do so can make donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation in his honor. Notes of condolence for his partner and family can be sent in care of the OAH national office.

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Posted: April 27, 2018
Tagged: In Memoriam


OAH Statement on the Sacramento Shooting of Stephon Clark

As the OAH prepares to gather in Sacramento, California, for our Annual Meeting, we want to use our presence in a constructive way in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Stephon Clark, by local police officers. We are working on several initiatives:

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Posted: April 3, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization