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Recent Discussion Posts

TAMU History Conference & Grant Applications (Extended Deadline & Speakers Dr. James Brooks & Dr. Aaron O'Connell)

The History Graduate Student Organization and the Sigma Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Texas A&M University are proud to announce our 2018 graduate and undergraduate history student conference. The conference will take place on March 23-24, 2018. This conference is an

Understanding Text and Stone: a History of Christian Symbols in Mamluk Architecture - York Islamic Art Circle

"Understanding Text and Stone: a History of Christian Symbols in Mamluk Architecture" Speaker: Dr Sami de Giosa, University of Oxford Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017 Time: 6:30pm -8pm Venue: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, UK. Attendance by free ticket only www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/public-lectures/autumn-17/text-stone/

Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships, 2018-2019

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The first deadline, for MHS-NEH fellowships, is January 15. Start your application and mark your calendar with the deadlines below!


Recent Blog Posts

Reading Advice Part I

Insider Information Blog

Part I from Nathan Kuehnl:

For comprehensive exams, the best advice offered to me when I started grad school was to a) keep a list of all the books I read, and b) write one-page summaries for each text. This minimizes the time you have to spend recalling texts and revisiting their arguments as you organize reading lists and prepare for the exams. The one-page summaries get you in the mindset of noting only the important aspects of each book, too.

For more ideas, the University of Washington compiled a good list of helpful tips for comprehensive exam preparation.

Time Management

Insider Information Blog

Grad school can overwhelm the best of us, but often in ways we didn’t anticipate. The intellectual rigors -- research, writing, teaching -- come as no surprise, but we rarely consider the day-to-day routine when imagining an academic life. The struggle of managing when and how we work tends to elude us. We blow through mealtime, skip sleep, and wave goodbye to hobbies as if these are requirements to graduate.


Reading Lists

The topic of gender history has become ubiquitous within the past few decades with everyone asking, ‘What about the women?’ This question led to revisionist histories of all major historical events such as the evolution of a two-party political system in early America in Catherine Allgor’s Parlor Politics: In which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (2000), American slavery in Deborah Gray White Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (1985) and Annie L.