Support H-Net's Service to Scholars This GivingTuesday

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Hi Everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here at the H-Net Home Office, we are using Giving Tuesday to launch our end-of-year giving campaign. We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to share some with you why we are grateful for H-Net this year.

In 2022, we marked some new successes. H-Teach, with the support of the H-Net Council and Home Office staff, held a virtual conference on teaching a pedagogy. The exciting new H-Net Commons redesign is in its final stages, due in no small part to the valuable user feedback we received from editors and subscribers. H-Net Council approved a new open-access publication for H-Net Journals: Cultural Encounters of the Civil War Era. We are close to publishing our 1,000th review in 2022 alone on H-Net Reviews. Finally, just before the Thanksgiving holiday we launched, our own Mastodon instance, giving H-Net subscribers migrating away from Twitter a place to land with the support they’ve come to rely on from H-Net staff.

Speaking of staff, H-Net has added some new faces! After serving in an interim capacity for almost three years, H-Net Council appointed Jesse Draper as the organization’s next Executive Director. Earlier this year, we hired a slate of new undergraduate staffers, who assist the H-Net Community by manning the help desk, taking on social media and graphic design work, and much more. We were also able to hire two new senior staffers: Emily Joan Elliott as Associate Director of Research and Publications and Christine Peffer as Associate Director of Networks.

Both wanted to take this opportunity to introduce themselves and explain why H-Net is important to them.

Emily Joan Elliott

I first learned about H-Net when I visited Michigan State as a prospective graduate student. I met with Doug Priest – then a grad student of Soviet history who later became an H-Net President – who told me about his work with H-Net. I later relied on H-Net to find co-panelists for conference presentations and discover opportunities for collaboration with other grad students in addition to becoming an editor for H-Russia. After defending my dissertation, I worked as an adjunct instructor and a journalist. H-Net has provided me with a place to use both my academic and non-academic experiences, both of which have come in handy as I oversee H-Net Reviews, H-Net Journals, and The Book Channel.

Christine Peffer

As a literature and popular culture scholar, I had been unfamiliar with H-Net until the tail-end of my graduate school experience, after becoming more involved in the digital humanities. Since joining the H-Net team in July as the Associate Director of Networks, I have regularly experienced surges of pride for this organization and what it makes possible for scholars across the humanities and social sciences. The Inaugural H-Net Teaching Conference hosted by H-Teach is exemplary of H-Net's vision for creating free and open spaces for scholars to connect and share transformative work with one another. I also feel extremely fortunate to have joined the team as we ready ourselves for the launch of the upgraded H-Net Commons in early 2023!

If you rely on H-Net for reviews, job calls, academic announcements, or our other services, please consider making a financial donation to H-Net today. Even a small amount can go a long way to ensure that H-Net remains able to serve the global scholarly community.

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Jesse Draper, Emily Joan Elliott, Christine Peffer

H-Net Directors