Established by the AHA in 2002, the National History Center brings historians into conversation with policy makers to stress the importance of historical context in understanding current affairs. The NHC’s Congressional Briefings program invites leading historians to Capitol Hill to discuss the events that have influenced the evolution of current policies and alternatives.
Danielle Dulken is a guest blogger for the American Historical Association. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public History at American University and interns for the National Coalition for History.
The National History Center will partner with the AHA’s Teaching Division and its Graduate and Early Career Committee (GECC) to present a workshop on “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” at the AHA’s 125th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, in January 2011.
The all-day workshop will convene Thursday, January 6, the first day of the Annual Meeting. It will be open at no additional cost to anyone who registers for the meeting, but space is limited, so the center staff recommends registering early. The workshop is aimed at graduate students and individuals new to teaching.
The National History Center is accepting applications from early-career scholars to participate in the sixth international summer seminar on decolonization, which will be held for four weeks, from Sunday, July 10, through Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and takes place at the Library of Congress. The application deadline is November 1, 2010 and due via email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
As in the previous five seminars in the series, fifteen participating historians will engage in the common pursuit of knowledge about various dimensions of 20th-century decolonization in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
The first in the series offered in conjunction with the New Books in History focuses on the “Reinterpreting History” books, published by Oxford University Press. The volumes in the series aim to convey to readers how and why historians revise and reinterpret their understanding of the past, and they do so by focusing on a particular historical topic, event, or idea that has long gained the attention of historians.
We start off this week with the news that the National History Center is now accepting applications for the 2010 Decolonization seminar. Then, check out an article on Paul Jennings, a slave in James Madison’s White House who wrote a memoir on his experiences there. From the blogs, NARA has joined the blogosphere and is already generating discussions, while the Library of Congress recently used its blog to report on new discoveries in its archives. Finally, speaking of archives, check out Google’s newspaper archives, which recently quadrupled in size. And take a look at Kate T.’s Archives 2.0 wiki, a new source for lists of online archives and more.
The National History Center invites the public to attend its Decolonization Lecture Series featuring Professor Marilyn B. Young on Limited War, Unlimited. The lecture will be on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. in Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. It is part of the Fourth International Seminar on Decolonization hosted by the National History Center with funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The history of the Cold War in the United States is the history of how, while never abandoning World War II as the platonic ideal of war, post-war administrations were able to use military force in a limited, instrumental way.
The National History Center recently announced a major addition to its web site and an upcoming congressional briefing.
Through the National History Center’s new E-Store visitors can find links to an assortment recommended readings. Many of these readings are tied to the center’s past and future congressional briefings. For example, for this week’s briefing on the Great Depression (see below for more) the E-store lists books by Alan Brinkley, David M. Kennedy, William E. Leuchtenburg, and Eric Rauchway.
A post on the NHC’s web site explains more about the new E-Store:
In the E-Store, the books recommended from the various programs run by the Center are listed by topic and available through Amazon for purchase. By buying books through the National History Center’s e-store, you can help support the programs the Center runs, as Amazon donates a percentage of the purchase back to the Center.