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Join us for the Expedition

Hello H-Westers. My colleague Brent Olson and I are planning in earnest: the Westminster Expedition, a semester-long academic road trip around the West for Fall 2017. The Expedition includes four linked courses in Environmental Studies and History (described in the link). It will include 16 students, 2 faculty, and 1 post-baccalaureate assistant.

Call for panelists: "Sovereignty in Practice: Local Defenses of Native Land" at Ethnohistory 2017

I am seeking participants for a panel at Ethnohistory in October 2017 (Winnipeg). Titled “Sovereignty in Practice: Local Defenses of Native Land,” this panel will include geographically and temporally diverse papers that explore local negotiations over Native territory and sovereignty. While sovereignty is often seen as a matter of recognition by high-level federal or imperial authorities, Native territorial and political integrity is also produced, claimed, and defended at the local level.

Alternative Wests Special Issue of the Pacific Historical Review Free for a Limited Time


Our special issue, "Alternative Wests: Rethinking Manifest Destiny," with guest editor Andrew C. Isenberg, is available for free download. Contributors include Isenberg, Thomas Richards Jr., Rachel St. John & Sarah K.M. Rodriguez. Special bonus: George Sanchez's PCB-AHA presidential address. Free for a limited time from our publisher, University of California Press.

To view/dowload, please visit: http://phr.ucpress.edu/content/86/1


Marc Rodriguez, Editor

Joseph Smith Papers Conference

In 2017, the Joseph Smith Papers Project will release volumes five and six of the Documents Series, covering major events from the life of Joseph Smith during the years 1835-1839. To celebrate the publication of these volumes, the project invites paper proposals for a conference to be held on October 20, 2017 at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. While paper proposals need not specifically be about Joseph Smith, they should draw from the corpus of his surviving documents from 1835-1839.

Charles Redd Center Visiting Scholar Award

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University invites applications for its Visiting Scholar Program in Western Studies for 2017-2018.  University faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals who are working on a significant article- or book-length study regarding the American West are eligible to apply for the position.  The Visiting Scholar may be in residence for 2-4 months.  The Center will provide a stipend of $2,500 per month for 2-4 months, office space, a networked computer, campus library and activity privileg