The New-York Historical Society’s Institute for Constitutional History (our partner on the New Essays in Constitutional History series) is offering the following upcoming seminars.
The Revolutionary Origins of American Constitutionalism
Date: February 17 and 24, March 2, 9, 16, and 23 (2012)
Location: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City
Instructors: Pauline Maier and R.B. Bernstein
This seminar will explore the origins of American constitutionalism and law in the Anglo-American past and the arguments and achievements of the revolutionary period (roughly 1764–89).
This past August 11–13, 2011, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association held its annual meeting on the theme of “Horizons of Change: The Unexpected, Unknown, and Unforgettable.” History News Network has posted videos from the conference on its website and YouTube channel. Here are a few:
Terry Anderson gives a talk on his book, Bush’s Wars. All three parts of the video of this presentation are available at HNN.
Kathleen Belew, a graduate student at Yale, discusses “Timothy McVeigh’s Vietnam War in Oklahoma.” See also part 2.
The Institute for Constitutional History announces its fall seminar, “The Constitution: A Cosmopolitan Examination,” at the New-York Historical Society. Professors Tom Bender and David Golove will lead the seminar.
This seminar will examine the ways in which the Constitution and constitutional law have drawn upon international ideas, incorporated international law into our domestic legal order, and responded to international legal/political issues. These engagements and entanglements with the larger world have played a widely underappreciated role in the making and the development of constitutional law.
Registration for the National Humanities Alliance’s 2011 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day opened this week. This yearly event is a great way to advocate for the humanities to Congress. Speaking of advocating, we also point to an article by Antony Beevor, who argues for the importance of history in the classroom. Then, find a number of museum-related articles: a recent report proposed that the Smithsonian’s institutions start charging admission (and the Smithsonian responded), the National Archives holds a Civil War symposium this Saturday, and the Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center releases a video tutorial.
The AHA’s headquarters is located in D.C., amidst the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill. Our location here is advantageous for a number of reasons, one of which being proximity to various history exhibits and events. In case you’re in the area, or are traveling to D.C. for a vacation this summer, here are some events in D.C. you may want to check out:
The triennial Berkshire Conference on the History of Women was held June 12-15, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1,500 scholars attended, according to Anne Boylan at HNN. Known informally as “Big Berks” (to differentiate it from the annual Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, or “Little Berks”), the Berkshire Conference promotes the study of women’s history by scholars irrespective of gender. Several bloggers attended and wrote about the experience. Ann M. Little (aka Historiann), professor of history at Colorado State, provided readers with a brief history of the Berkshire Conference.
The AHA calendar is the place to go on our web site for various fellowship, research, and seminar opportunities from history-friendly organizations. Let’s take a look at abridged versions of the calls for papers on the calendar with submission deadlines before the end of the academic year. Get out those laptops and start writing!
- Call for abstracts for the international & interdisciplinary conference, “Human Rights, Individualism & Globalization,” to be held April 10-12, 2008, at Bethany College in West Virginia.
Just a few seats remain for the “A Day with James McPherson” colloquium, taking place this Saturday, August 25 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover (MSLAW). The talk will feature audience-based discussions focused around McPherson’s most recent book This Mighty Scourge. The events of the day, and the discussions generated, will be made into a television program to be aired in select areas of the country. Participants will also receive a DVD copy of the program to use in the classroom.