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SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-29-12)
Ian Kinnaird, 72, has a genetic marker inherited from his mother that traces his ancestry to an African lineage that has not been found before in Western Europe.
Researchers from Britain’s DNA, who carried out the tests, said the result meant that in genetic terms he was a “thoroughbred”, and could be described as the “grandson of Eve, or the grandfather of everyone in Britain”....
They told him his mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), passed through the female line, was 30,000 years old and only two genetic mutations removed from the first woman, while most men have a genome with around 200 mutations since the earliest humans.
Alistair Moffat, the historian and rector of St Andrews University, who was involved in setting up the DNA project, said: “It is an astonishing result and means he could have been in the 'Garden of Eden’....
SOURCE: United Federation of Teachers (5-24-12)
High school students taught how to read historical documents with an eye to reconciling conflicting accounts of history significantly improved their understanding of history, retention of facts, and reading comprehension compared to similar students studying history using a traditional lecture and textbook approach, according to a study.
Stanford University researcher Avishag Reisman, writing in the January 2012 issue of the education journal Cognition and Instruction, studied 236 11th-grade students exposed to the Reading Like a Historian program in a U.S. history course at five San Francisco public high schools, and compared the results to a control classroom in each high school. The schools represented a cross-section of the city’s student population, which is predominantly Asian, Hispanic and African-American.
The program, which Reisman developed, is premised on teaching students the techniques used by researchers to interpret historical events in order to provide them with a framework to organize and retain disparate facts. These techniques include sourcing or identifying the document’s author and purpose for writing, contextualizing the document to identify the social, economic and political environment that it exists in, comparing multiple records of events to corroborate reports and rereading the document to distinguish fact from opinion and to identify author’s emotion. To facilitate student comprehension, the program sometimes modifies the text in some primary documents, but original copies are available....
SOURCE: Deseret News (6-27-12)
For the second time in its 47-year history, the Mormon History Association is taking its annual conference to Canada — but in Calgary this time, in the western province of Alberta, where the first Mormon settlers to the country founded the town of Cardston 125 years ago.
"We met in Kingston, Ontario, in 1995," association president Richard L. Jensen noted, "and just crossing that border and getting some Canadian perspective on things, a little bit different from what you get from the Americans, was a really refreshing experience. We hope to take advantage of that again this time with some new views of things in connection with our conference theme."
That theme is "Mormonism in Its Expanding Global Context: Invitations to New Interpretation and Understanding." More than 130 scholars and students have been invited to address that theme in papers to be presented in some 50 sessions....
SOURCE: Haaretz (6-24-12)
Israel Hayom reporter Dror Eydar has released audio from an interview with historian Robert Conquest after a rival reporter hinted that Eydar had distorted Conquest's statements to bring them in line with Israel Hayom's conservative agenda.
Eydar denies altering Conquest's words, though he admits it was hard to understand the 95-year-old's English.
Conquest, now a research fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, is famous for his works on Soviet history, including "The Great Terror" (1968 ) and "The Harvest of Sorrow" (1986 ).
Conquest was in Israel to receive the prestigious Dan David Award; Yedioth Ahronoth's Sever Plocker also tried to interview him....
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (6-18-12)
The sound of Kenyan women singing, the smell of the first rain after the dry season and the taste of fresh mango – these are some of Niall Ferguson's boyhood memories. Nairobi, his home for two years in infancy, was newly independent but still felt like the world of White Mischief. Empire had been kind to the Ferguson family; an uncle's first job was in Kolkata, a great-aunt had a home on the Saskatchewan prairie, his grandfather travelled to South America to sell liquor to Indians.
So it was something of a shock to arrive at Oxford in 1982, and find that fellow students failed to share his sunny view of Britain's colonial past.
Ferguson's career as a student politician was prematurely ended, he remarked years later, by a decision to speak up for empire at an Oxford Union debate.
Thirty years on, Ferguson has a new platform; he is the 2012 BBC Reith lecturer. The first of his lectures, the Human Hive, is broadcast on Tuesday morning on Radio 4. But his views remain defiantly at odds with the left, combining a defence of imperial history with a justification of present-day military adventures – from Iraq and Afghanistan, and now, Iran.
War can be a lesser evil than appeasement, Ferguson wrote in an article for Newsweek in February. He declared: "The people who don't yet know that are the ones still in denial about what a nuclear-armed Iran would end up costing us all."
A month after the invasion of Iraq, he described himself as "a fully paid-up member of the neo-imperialist gang"....
SOURCE: Talk Radio News (6-26-12)
During a discussion on the future of the United States Postal Service held on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Dr. Sheldon Garon, a professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, said the USPS might experience greater revenues if additional services are implemented at post offices across America.
Garon detailed the long historical trajectory of postal savings by banks worldwide in both developing and developed countries, adding that at one time, the United States had a postal saving system, but that the system was phased out by savings bonds during World War II and the FDIC by 1966.
Many other countries, including Germany, France, Switzerland, and Japan, have surviving postal savings banks as well as additional banking and monetary services....
SOURCE: Irish Times (6-25-12)
THIS YEAR is the first of a busy decade or so that will be marked by a number of significant commemorations of a key period in our history.
On Saturday, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham was the venue for a packed conference on the topic; the first of many such events planned for the next 10 years.
Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: Historians and Public History was the name of the conference, organised by Universities Ireland. This network of academics from north and south of the Border is supported by The Irish Times. The conference, attended by 320 academics, was opened by Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague.
The first speaker, Prof Diarmaid Ferriter of University College Dublin, said commemorations over the years had been consistently political....
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (6-25-12)
Historian David Starkey provoked a race row yesterday after claiming the Rochdale child exploitation ring who groomed white girls for sex had values 'that were 'entrenched in foothills of the Punjab'.
During a public debate he said the gang, who were jailed last month for targeting vulnerable teenage girls, needed to be 'inculcated in the British ways of doing things.'
But he was branded a 'racist' and a 'bigot' by journalist Laurie Penny, who attended the panel event at Wellington College in Berkshire....
SOURCE: Lee White for the National Coalition for History (6-21-12)
The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, has appointed Robert Dizard Jr. as the Deputy Librarian of Congress. Dizard most recently served as the Library’s Chief of Staff. His appointment was effective June 17.
The Deputy Librarian has Library-wide program and management authority to ensure that the Library’s mission is met and that its services to the Congress and the American people are effectively provided.
Dizard has served the Library of Congress for 22 years. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, he served as Deputy Associate Librarian for Library Services from May 2004 to May 2009. From May 2000 to May 2004 he served as Staff Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Copyright Office. In both positions he was directly responsible for a wide range of program and operational matters involving two of the largest Library service units. He has also served in the Congressional Relations Office, including a year as Acting Director.
Dizard graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Library, he served for eight years as Chief of Staff to his hometown congressman, Guy V. Molinari of New York.
SOURCE: NYT (6-25-12)
Paula Hays Harper, one of the first art historians to bring a feminist perspective to the study of painting and sculpture, and the co-author of a major biography of Camille Pissarro, died on June 3 in Miami. She was 81.
The cause was cancer, according to the University of Miami, where she taught from 1983 until her retirement last year.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Harper provided the creative spark for a project that became a milestone in women’s art. As a lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts, outside Los Angeles, where the first feminist art program at a major art school had just begun, Dr. Harper suggested that the 21 students in the original class collaborate on a project about what house, home and domesticity meant to women....
SOURCE: Compiled by HNN Staff (6-25-12)
The Network of Concerned Historians, an organization dedicated to the intersection between history and human rights, has just released its eighteenth Annual Report on worldwide censorship of history, persecution of historians, and human rights abuses in 2011.
Among the highlights of stories specifically concerning historians, museums, and education:
Middle East, Central, and Southern Asia
SOURCE: Email to Members of the American Historical Association (6-25-12)
To: Members of the American Historical Association
From: Bill Cronon, President
Jim Grossman, Executive Director
On Wednesday, June 20, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $132 million appropriation for the National Endowment for the Humanities for fiscal year 2013. This represents a 9.6% reduction from the FY 2012 level of $146 million, which itself represented a decline of 7.6% from the previous year. In the broader context that we historians consider significant, the NEH budget was $172 million in 1995, and is approximately one-third of its level three decades ago when adjusted for inflation.
We realize that these are tough times for the federal budget. And we respect the variety of opinions that our members hold on such complex issues as fiscal policy, taxation, and other aspects of public revenue and expenditure. But we also think it is useful and appropriate for members of the American Historical Association to remind our representatives of the importance of the humanities in public culture. This includes research, education, public programs, and the preservation of the materials that establish our link to the past.
The reduction voted by the Subcommittee would be devastating to the NEH given its already lean operations. But it would have virtually no impact on the deficit. Here's the arithmetic: we are asking our representatives to increase federal expenditures by a factor of 1/147,000 over the Subcommittee's recommendation.
Please contact your Representative today to urge support for the humanities. In practical terms, this means opposing cuts to the NEH. The National Humanities Alliance, of which the AHA is an active member, is urging Congress to provide no less than $154.3 million for NEH in FY 2013, the same level requested by the President.
The NEH accounts for only 1/21,000th of the total federal budget. Yes that's right: we would like every American next year to spend fifty cents on the humanities. We think it's a pretty good deal.
You can send a customizable electronic message from the online action center of the National Humanities Alliance.
SOURCE: The Irish Story (6-25-12)
We speak to historian John Regan on how the history of the Irish revolutionary period in 1916-23 has been written in the light of the political climate of late 20th century Ireland. Questions by John Dorney
In the 1990s, the consensus in Ireland on the Civil War of 1922-23 was that it was contest between democrats, on the pro-Treaty side and would be dictators on the anti-Treaty or Republican side.
Here Regan argues that this interpretation not only reduces a complex event to a simple, ‘good versus bad’ scenario, it also involves ignoring the British threat of war should the Treaty not be implemented.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (6-25-12)
Most academic historians labor in obscurity. But in Poland last year, a Princeton professor's slim volume of Holocaust history became a controversial best seller. The publisher, Znak, saw its e-mail addresses bombarded, its business threatened with a boycott, and the area by its office graffitied. At a news conference, the publisher's own executive director proclaimed herself opposed to the book's publication and apologized to offended readers.
Such is the radioactive celebrity of Jan T. Gross, whom one Polish critic has called "a vampire of historiography." Mr. Gross's latest book, just released in English by Oxford University Press, investigates a sensitive topic: how Poles colluded in the pillaging and murder of Jews "at the periphery of the Holocaust."
Its title, Golden Harvest, stems from a cover photograph that purportedly shows Polish peasants who have been digging through remains of victims killed at Treblinka, where 800,000 Jews were gassed and cremated, to find gold or valuable stones neglected by the Nazis.
From there, Mr. Gross narrates events beyond the barbed wire of Nazi death camps. He describes Poles hunting Jews down, extorting money from them, massacring them, and profiting by taking over their jobs and property. Some 3.3 million Jews lived in Poland before the war began, and about 90 percent had perished by its end....
SOURCE: Press Release (12-19-12)
British Historian Sir Max Hastings has been named the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The $100,000 honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, will be presented at the Library’s annual Liberty Gala on October 27, 2012. The video announcement was made today at pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.
“Max Hastings is a gifted narrative historian who has made a significant contribution to the way we understand military conflict from a global perspective,”said Colonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), Founder of the Pritzker Military Library and Tawani Foundation. “He has a keen ability for connecting the plans of world leaders with the battlefield actions of individual soldiers. Perhaps most importantly, his accessible style of writing brings the story of the Citizen Soldier to a broad audience and makes him popular amongst scholars and the casual reader.”
The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award recognizes a living author for a body of work that has profoundly enriched the public understanding of American military history. A national panel of writers and historians – including previous recipients James M. McPherson, Allan R. Millett, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Rick Atkinson, and Carlo D’Este –reviewed and recommended candidates for final selection by the Tawani Foundation Executive Council.
“I am over the moon to be honoured by the Pritzker Library in this way,” said Hastings. “Military history has been a big part of my life, and the Pritzker’s contribution to its study has been enormous. I am so touched that as a British writer, a great American institution should recognise my work. The previous winners are all people for whom I have a huge admiration, and am proud to count as friends and colleagues. I feel as if I was joining a very select club, and simply hope that in the future I will be able to make an ongoing contribution to the Pritzker culture.”
Sir Max Hastings is hailed as an accomplished journalist, writer, historian and editor. He is the author of 23 books, the most recent of which include Inferno:The World at War, 1939-1945, Finest Years:Churchill as Warlord 1940-45, Armageddon:The Battle for Germany 1944-45 and Nemesis: The Battle for Japan 1944-45. Hastings has reported on eleven conflicts, including Vietnam and the 1982 South Atlantic war. He was the Editor and later Editor in Chief, of the Daily Telegraph for 9 years and of the Evening Standard for 4 years.
He has received numerous awards, both for his books and journalism, including the Somerset Maugham Prize forBomber Command: The Myths and Reality of the Strategic Bombing Offensive, 1939-1945and Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year in the 1982 British Press Awards, and Editor of the Year in 1988. He received the Westminster Medal of the Rusi for his lifetime contribution to military literature in 2008 and the Edgar Wallace Trophy of the London press club in 2009. Today Hastings continues to write for the Daily Mail and Financial Timesand reviews books for the Sunday Times and TheNew York Review of Books.
The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing was established in 2007. The recipient’s contributions may be academic, non-fiction, fiction, or a combination of any of the three, and his or her work should embody the values of the Pritzker Military Library.
ABOUT THE PRITZKER MILITARY LIBRARY
The Pritzker Military Library, located at104 S. Michigan Ave,is a non-partisan, non-profit research institution founded byColonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), in 2003. The Library features a collection of over 65,000 items including books, films,posters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and other artifacts covering the full scope of American military history. The Library has produced over 300 programs including lectures, interviews, and panel discussions on military topics. Programs are webcast live, available for audio podcast download,and broadcast on public television. To learn more, visitwww.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.
ABOUT TAWANI FOUNDATION
Founded by Colonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), Tawani Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) grant-making organization whose mission is: to enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of the Citizen Soldier; to preserve unique sites of significance to American and military history; to foster health and wellness projects for improved quality of life; and to honor the service of military personnel, past, present and future, through an awards program that includes the JROTC/ROTC Award for Military Excellence and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
To learn more about the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, visit www.tawanifoundation.org/LTA.
SOURCE: NYT (6-13-12)
MOSCOW — Russia’s new culture minister had already riled liberals who viewed him as the odd monarchist who is also somehow an apologist for Stalin.
Vladimir Medinsky, a best-selling author, then decided to aggravate the Communists, too, when he called for burying Lenin’s preserved corpse and renaming streets after the murdered czar’s family.
“Maybe, indeed, many things in our life would symbolically change for the better after this,” Mr. Medinsky said in a recent radio appearance, alluding to efforts to put the Soviet past behind today’s Russia....
SOURCE: Legacy.com (6-13-12)
Suddenly [passed away] after a brief illness on Monday, June 11 at the age of 69. Michael was born in Madison, Wisconsin and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. After receiving a Ph.D. from Northwestern University he moved to Vancouver in 1969 to take up a position in the History Department at Simon Fraser University where he taught until his retirement in 2008. He was renowned as a historian of the American Civil War, a bold and provocative scholar who challenged the academic status quo constantly and put forward new and illuminating interpretations in such books as Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War and In the Name of God and Country....
SOURCE: NYT (6-11-12)
When Civil War History published a paper this spring raising the conflict’s military death toll to 750,000 from 620,000, that journal’s editors called it one of the most important pieces of scholarship ever to appear in its pages.
But to Jim Downs, an assistant professor of history at Connecticut College and the author of the new book “Sick From Freedom,” issued last month by Oxford University Press, that accounting of what he calls “the largest biological crisis of the 19th century” does not go nearly far enough.
To understand the war’s scale and impact truly, Professor Downs argues, historians have to look beyond military casualties and consider the public health crisis that faced the newly liberated slaves, who sickened and died in huge numbers in the years following Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
“We’re getting ready to celebrate 150 years of the movement from slavery to freedom,” he said in a recent interview at a cafe near his apartment in Chelsea. “But hundreds of thousands of people did not survive that movement.”...
SOURCE: NYT (6-8-12)
In the mid-1990s, when digital life had just arrived and branches of Barnes & Noble were embedding themselves in the city’s neighborhoods like moths in a coat rack, it would have been hard to foresee a time, well into the next millennium, when the matter of libraries might ignite passion and fury. And yet here we are. During recent weeks, the debate surrounding the New York Public Library’s plan to expand its central branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street has fiercely intensified in print, online and in public forums. Amid the heat and acrimony, few have taken the time to recognize what this might signify for the progress of civilization in a world otherwise dominated by 140-character discussions of “Mob Wives.”...
It might be easier to join the protest if the library’s plan didn’t have as one of its most vocal proponents Robert Darnton, a library trustee who is himself a Rhodes scholar, a pre-eminent librarian and one of the academy’s most celebrated historians of France. Several years ago, a television writer I know who sat on a panel with Mr. Darnton at Harvard, where he teaches, was told he had never seen “The Sopranos.” It is hard to see someone like this as a populist crusader intent on squashing the significance of research and turning the library into the Circle Line.
But what the debate suggests, and why it should not be dismissed, is the extent to which a certain kind of intellectual life, a certain kind of quiet existence, has been marginalized in New York. Beneath the rhetoric is a sense of hurt feelings and betrayal by a city that seems to ever narrow its status definitions to exclude all but the wealthy....
SOURCE: Temple University Communications (6-4-12)
Heather Ann Thompson, professor of history in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of History at Temple, has been named to a National Academy of Sciences panel to study the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration in the United States. The two-year, $1.5 million project is sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Thompson, the only historian named to the panel, is writing the first comprehensive history of the Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its legacy. She is also the author of Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City (Cornell University Press: 2001).
The 18-member panel of leading scholars and experts, chaired by Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, will examine the reasons for the dramatic increases in U.S. incarceration rates since the 1970s. Currently, more than 2.3 million people are behind bars in American prisons and jails at any one time, representing one of the highest incarceration levels in the world....
SOURCE: Edward Klein for Fox News (6-8-12)
Edward Klein is the former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine. His latest book is "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House
On the evening of Tuesday, June 30, 2009—just five months into his administration—Barack Obama invited a small group of presidential historians to dine with him in the Family Quarters of the White House. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, personally delivered the invitations with a word of caution: the meeting was to remain private and off the record. As a result, the media missed the chance to report on an important event, for the evening with the historians provided a remarkable sneak preview of why the Obama presidency would shortly go off the rails.
...I spoke to one of the historians who attended all three of the dinners [Obama has had with historians]. We met in a restaurant where we were unlikely to be seen, and our conversation, which lasted for nearly two hours, was conducted under the condition of anonymity.
I wanted to know how this liberal historian, who had once drunk the Obama Kool-Aid, matched the president’s promise with his performance. By this time, most of Mr. Obama’s supporters were puzzled by the sense of disconnect between the sharply focused presidential candidate of 2008 and the dazed and confused president of the past three years. The satirical TV show "The Onion News Network" had broadcast a faux story that the real Barack Obama had been kidnapped just hours after the election and replaced by an imposter.
“There’s no doubt that Obama has turned out to be a major enigma and disappointment,” the historian told me. “He waged such a brilliant campaign, first against Hillary Clinton in the primaries, and then against John McCain in the general election. For a long time, I found it hard to understand why he couldn’t translate his political savvy into effective governance."
“But I think I know the answer now,” he continued. “Since the beginning of his administration, Obama hasn't been able to capture the public's imagination and inspire people to follow him. Vision isn't enough in a president. Great presidents not only have to enunciate their vision; they must lead by example and inspiration. Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the individual. He and Ronald Reagan had the ability to make each American feel that the president cared deeply and personally about them....
SOURCE: NYT (6-8-12)
Barry Unsworth, considered one of the foremost historical novelists in English, who was known for rich, densely textured fiction that conjured lost worlds — those of the Trojan War, medieval Europe and the Napoleonic age, among many others — died on Tuesday in Perugia, Italy. He was 81 and had lived in the Umbria region of Italy for many years.
The cause was lung cancer, said Lois Wallace, his literary agent in the United States.
An Englishman, Mr. Unsworth won a Booker Prize in 1992 for “Sacred Hunger,” a story of avarice set amid the Atlantic slave trade of the 18th century. The award, now known as the Man Booker Prize, is considered Britain’s loftiest literary honor. (Mr. Unsworth shared it that year with Michael Ondaatje, who won for “The English Patient.”)...
SOURCE: OAH/NCPH Press Release (6-7-12)
If your Senator is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee: Please call or fax the Senator's office--before the close of business on Friday, June 8, 2012--to ask for support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the "grant-making" arm of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Senate Appropriations Committee will be acting on the bill to fund NHPRC on Tuesday, June 12; all comments must be received tomorrow, Friday, June 8. (See the list of Senate Appropriations Committee members below.)
The Issue: President Obama's FY13 appropriations budget request proposes only $3 million for NHPRC, a $2 million reduction from the current level of $5 million. This amount is not sufficient to support the ongoing programs and mission of the NHPRC at even a minimal level. It is up to Congress to preserve this program, which has already been cut substantially in previous fiscal years. For FY 2013 we urge the Senate to provide at least $5 million (level funding) for the NHPRC grants program.
Take Action! Call, e-mail, or fax your member on the Senate Appropriations Committee (below) to express your support for restoration of $5 million for NHPRC funding as part of the National Archives budget. In your call, e-mail, or fax, speak to the specific benefits of NHPRC for your state/organization/users. The more your senator understands the benefits to his or her constituents, the more convincing your message will be. Your message need not be extensive--a brief phone call, e-mail, or a one-page fax that speaks directly to the positive benefits that NHPRC brings to your state or organization can have a significant impact!
Please encourage archives, libraries, and other historical organizations to call or fax on behalf of their organization and users, too.
More detailed contact information for your Senator can be found on the Senate website at: www.senate.gov.
Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee are:
Daniel Inouye, Hawaii: 202-224-3934 (fax: 202-224-6747)
Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont: 202-224-4242 (f: 202-224-3479)
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Patty Murray, Washington: 202-224-2621 (f: 202-224-0238)
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Richard J. Durbin, Illinois: 202-224-2152 (f: 202-228-0400)
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Mary Landrieu, Louisiana: 202-224-5824 (f: 202-224-9735)
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Ron Johnson, Wisconsin: 202-224-5323 (f: 202-228-6965)
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SOURCE: Anderson Independent Mail (NC) (6-5-12)
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY — Clemson University professor Vernon Burton has been elected to the Society of American Historians in recognition of the literary and scholarly distinction of his historical writing....
SOURCE: NK.com (6-6-12)
NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker once again indicated he would run for a third term as mayor of the state's largest city in a morning talk with the Newark Regional Business Partnership today.
After giving brief remarks on the state of the city and his administration, Booker sat down for a one-on-one interview with Rutgers distinguished professor of history, Clement Price.
Price led off with the thorniest question: "What's next for Cory Booker?"
And while Booker still left open the possibility he would run for higher office, he leaned heavily toward a third term as mayor....
SOURCE: Indiana University News Room (6-6-12)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- American society is "saturated with oil," says Tyler Priest, clinical professor of business at the University of Houston. From the cars we drive to the clothes we wear to the food we eat, everyday items, many of which we take for granted, depend on or derive from petroleum.
A special June 2012 issue of the Journal of American History examines the omnipresent role that oil has played and continues to play in the nation's history. Available for free online, the issue covers topics including environmental issues, images of oil in film, art and television, and the politics of oil in the Middle East, Nigeria, Mexico and Canada.
Two children pose with a miniature oil derrick near a Texas oil field, circa 1928, in the Journal of American History cover photo.
"The so-called 'American Century' has been coterminous with the 'Century of Oil,'" said Priest, one of three consulting editors for the issue. "Indeed, modern American history cannot be considered apart from the history of oil. So a special issue of the JAH with essays analyzing how Americans have come to be so highly dependent on and made powerful by this substance is appropriate and overdue."
The quarterly Journal of American History is published by the Organization of American Historians, based at Indiana University Bloomington. Edward Linenthal, editor of the journal and professor of history in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, proposed the special issue. Priest, Karen R. Merrill, professor of history at Williams College, and Brian C. Black, professor of history and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, served as consulting editors.
The issue's two dozen essays offer new analyses of traditional oil subjects, such as business, technology and foreign policy, but they also explore novel themes, such as the environmental politics and impacts of oil, oil and urbanization, government taxation of oil, and the imaging of oil in print, television and film.
- In "Blessed by Oil, Cursed With Crude: God and Black Gold in the American Southwest," Darren Dochuk examines the relationship between evangelical Christianity and the development of oil.
- In "Oil for Living: Petroleum and American Conspicuous Consumption," Black looks at the social and cultural aspects of oil consumption in post-World War II America.
- In "Bucking the Odds: Organized Labor in Gulf Coast Oil Refining," Priest and Michael Botson chart the rise and fall of industrial unions against the backdrop of racial conflict in the South.
The issue appears at a time when oil has become consistent front-page news in America for the first time since the 1970s, thanks to spikes in crude prices, the 2010 drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and concern about fossil-fuel-driven climate change.
"Informed discussions about oil must draw on Americans' historical relationship to petroleum," Priest said. "This issue contributes in a big way to advancing our understanding of how this relationship has evolved."
Accompanying the online version of the issue are the June 2012 JAH Podcast, a conversation among editor Linenthal and consulting editors Black, Merrill and Priest; and a gallery of maps and archival images related to oil and its development.