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:

Rare Book School Courses on American Book History This Spring and Summer

“Rare Book School is an important—and well-placed—investment for anyone who is interested in the art and history of the book.” –2017 student

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this spring or summer. Our five-day, intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered at the University of Virginia, The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amherst College, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University, Bloomington. 

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-Term Fellowships, 2018-2019

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the MHS collections sometime between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. More than twenty awards will be made. Short-term fellowships are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent.

Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, & Consequences

Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences

The application deadline for the Loring Fellowship on the Civil War for 2018-2019 is February 15, 2018.

The Boston Athenaeum and the Massachusetts Historical Society will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship in 2018. The recipient will conduct research for at least four weeks at each institution. The fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 for a total of eight weeks of research.

A Photographic History of Public Memory

I would like to invite my fellow scholars to visit my site The Memorial Project. This is a new, ongoing project to use photography to dosuments and interrogate public memory and American memorial practice. All content is mine, and all the photographs are captured on film (mostly Ilford Delta 400), a technology that is itself an artifact of history and memory.

Literature syllabus, 1940s/1950s

I am interested in knowing what/how (primarily American) literature was taught in American universities in the 1940s and 1950s. What works would have been included on a typical undergraduate syllabus/reading list? Does anyone have access to digital records of such things at their institution (or is there anything online? I am in the UK)?


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