OAH Announces Teaching Seminar in China
Thanks to a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, the Organization of American Historians and the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) are pleased to announce the second of the inaugural series of teaching seminars in the People's Republic of China.
The OAH International Committee seeks applications from OAH members with strong records of research and teaching excellence who are interested in leading an advanced seminar focused on one of following three topics:
- the role of religion in American society;
- American environmental history; and
- the structure and content of US graduate programs in US/American history, including discussion of curricula, program requirements, recent historiographical trends, teaching methods, research skills, and dissertation advising.
Proposed seminars on the history of food/food safety in the United States, and on Asian-American literature from nationalism to transnationalism, will also be considered. For more information, follow this link: http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/china/
The History of the “New Immigration” Into
Lawrence, Massachusetts and Similar Communities
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, Lawrence
The Lawrence History Center and its partners will host a one-day symposium on the history of the “new immigration,” into Lawrence, Massachusetts and similar communities. Scholars, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students are encouraged to submit proposals. Papers, artwork, spoken word, and video presentations are welcome.
In the last few decades, Lawrence and similar cities have been profoundly transformed by immigration. Beginning in the decades after World War II, and dramatically accelerating after 1965 immigration reform, immigrants and migrants from around the world (and particularly from throughout Latin America) created homes, businesses, and communities throughout the United States.
New England towns and cities have been no exception to this demographic transformation. Today, nearly three-quarters of Lawrence’s population is Latino, as a result of longstanding Latin American immigration to the city. Nearby Lowell has one of the highest concentrations of Cambodians in the U.S. Even small Lewiston, Maine has become a substantial immigrant settlement site, becoming home to many Somali refugees.
Lawrence and many other immigrant settlement sites had been earlier “gateway cities” for immigrants from Europe during New England’s industrial heyday, yet the long history of immigration to the region has not necessarily smoothed the path for more recent immigrants.
This symposium will take a historical approach to contemporary immigration, focusing on Lawrence, Massachusetts, and looking to understand the roots and significance of the demographic transition still underway. We hope also to engage the current population of Lawrence and its surrounding cities and towns in a civic dialogue about the impact of race, ethnicity, and class on immigrant reception and integration into communities like Lawrence. We will consider these and related topic areas:
· Historical comparisons that explore earlier and more recent immigrant experiences (how immigrant groups fared when they arrived in the city and what steps they took to "melt in" as well as hold onto their ethnic identities)
· The impact of global and regional economic trends on immigration and on the choice of where to settle
· Changes in immigration law and enforcement, and in patterns of naturalization
· Comparative presentations on other communities in the Commonwealth and New England
· The effects of Immigration and Custom Enforcement Raids on workplaces, families and communities
· The ‘Dream Act’ and contemporary movements for immigration reform
· Immigration oral histories
We are currently exploring ways in which to publish the select papers from the symposium.
For proposal submission information and where to direct any questions you may have please visit: http://www.lawrencehistory.org/symposium.
The IEHS would like to hear from you! For planning purposes, we would like to know how many members regularly attend the AHA meeting in January. Would you like the IEHS to host some type of reception at the AHA on a regular basis? Please contact Hasia Diner (hasia.diner (at) nyu.edu) or Maria Cristina Garcia (mariacristinagarcia (at) cornell.edu) to offer feedback on this issue!
The Immigration and Ethnic History Society invites its members in academia to advance the professionalization of their graduate student advisees by offering them a one-time introductory gift subscription to the Journal of American Ethnic History. Subscription brings automatic membership in the IEHS and a full range of benefits including:
· Subscription to the biannual newsletter which is not available online;
· Access to the 'syllabi sharing' feature of the IEHS website;
· IEHS sponsorship of panels at the AHA and OAH conferences;
· The opportunity to meet and collaborate with a network of scholars in the field of immigration and ethnic history.
The enrollment form can be accessed at the IEHS website: http://www.iehs.org/membership_enroll_renew.php. Please consider offering your graduate students a gift subscription to mark successful doctoral defenses, candidacy exams, and other important events.
The program committee invites ideas for panels and roundtables for IEHS co-sponsorship at the 2014 meetings of the OAH and the AHA. Questions and submissions should be sent to the members of the program committee.
Maria Cristina Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Michael Innis-Jimenez (email@example.com),
Maddelena Marinari (firstname.lastname@example.org), and
Lorrin Thomas (email@example.com).