Feb. 27 Boston Seminar on Modern American Society & Culture

Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture at the Massachusetts Historical Society
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5:15 PM

Jonathan Cohen, University of Virginia, and Davor Mondom, Syracuse University
Panel Discussion: Capitalism and Culture
Comment: Sven Beckert, Harvard University

[APPLY] NEH Summer Institute, The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty in July 2018 on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath.  Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2018.

Boy (and Girl) Scouts of America

On October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America announced they would begin accepting girls in their ranks.  The landmark decision came on the heels of previous decisions to reverse longstanding policies on barring gay scouts, 2013, and gay scout leaders, 2014.  All together, the BSA promoted these policy shifts as signs that the organization was evolving, becoming more diverse and inclusive, while continuing to adhere to their own clear-eyed mission of developing all American youth into the right kinds of American citizens.  Well, maybe not all—Atheist children, for instance, remain

QUERY: American Autobiographies

I am bringing a course back to life this fall after a multi-year hiatus.  It is called "American Lives" and it uses autobiographies of individuals who are somehow marginalized as a starting place to find cultural commonalities between Americans.  The basic premise is that by starting at the margins and looking to the center we can see patterns that would be otherwise invisible.  As a result I use all texts by women and minorities.  The class is geared to sophomores, a mix of majors, minors and general interest.

CFP: Urban History Association 2018 Conference

The Urban History Association invites submissions for our ninth biennial conference, "Cities at the Crossroads," to be held in Columbia, South Carolina, October 18-21, 2018. The complete call for papers is here http://www.urbanhistory.org/Columbia2018 . The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018. Any inquiries may be directed to program committee co-chairs LaDale Winling and Elaine Lewinnek at Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com

Frederick Douglass Book Prize

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History are pleased to announce the twentieth annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, an annual award for the most outstanding non-fiction book in English copyrighted in the year 2017 on the subject of slavery, resistance, and/or abolition. Beginning on January 2, 2018, we invite you to submit books that meet these criteria.

Visiting Summer Research Fellowships at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library

The Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries is pleased to announce that it will award up to eight short-term summer research fellowships in the amount of $1,250 to support intensive, innovative, and impactful research use of its collections.

Supported topics include:


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