Capstone Panel: A report out from the History Communicators Workshop

Hello friends and colleagues,

It is our pleasure and honor to announce the participants in our “Putting History to Work” Capstone Panel:

Rebecca Onion: UMass Writer in Residence, History Writer, and founder of the widely read blog The Vault.

Jason Steinhauer: Program specialist at the John Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Cathy Stanton: Senior Lecturer in anthropology at Tufts University and contributor to History@Work.

Jamia Wilson: Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media.

And moderated by Emily Redman: Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Oral History, History of Science, 20th c. U.S.

The Capstone Panel will begin at 5:00pm in the Isenberg School of Management (RM-TBA).

Please join us for an exciting talk immediately followed by a catered reception.

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Registration for “Putting History to Work”: UMass Graduate History Conference

Please follow the link below to let us know that you will be attending our conference.

If you are a conference presenter, Please register by Monday, February 22 so that we can reserve a spot for you on one of our panels.

Link: Putting History to Work


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Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Matt Becker: Executive Editor of UMass Press

It is our honor and pleasure to announce a Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Matt Becker, the Executive Editor of The University of Massachusetts Press, during the GHA’s Graduate History Conference on Saturday March 5, 2016.

Our Graduate History Conference participants are invited to discuss the ins and outs of
academic publishing, as well as engage in a variety of other topics such as publishing as a career. Guests are encouraged to bring questions for this unique opportunity.

Matt Becker started at UMass Press in 2015. He was previously senior acquisitions editor at the University of Nevada Press and also worked at Wayne State University Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He holds a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota.

Matt has a background as a cultural historian, and as an editor, he has published several books and launched a number of book series aimed at providing general readers with solid history–a type of public history in scholarly publishing. Matt has both turned his training as a historian into work, and has worked to make history accessibly to a wider audience.

In his role as Executive Editor at UMass Press, Matt is interested in acquiring scholarly manuscripts in all areas of American history and society, including those with an interdisciplinary or transnational approach, ranging from popular culture to education reform to critical biography, especially projects that deal with social justice and equity. He also acquires regional trade titles on New England topics. He is the in-house editor for the series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War; Public History in Historical Perspective; and Science/Technology/Culture. With all of his projects, he seeks authors who can write in a style accessible to a wide readership.

Interested colleagues and conference participants who have any questions about this exciting event may contact us at


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CFP: UMass Amherst Graduate History Conference

Hello all, it’s that time of year again! UMass Amherst’s Graduate History Association is pleased to announce that we will hold our annual conference on March 4-5, 2016. Please find our Call for Papers below with further information on the conference theme, submission deadline, and submission instructions. We hope to see your proposals soon!

Call for Papers
(Deadline Extended-February 8, 2016)

12th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate History Conference

Putting History to Work
March 4-5, 2016
Amherst, Massachusetts

        The Graduate History Association of the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference. This year’s conference is entitled “Putting History to Work,” and will take place on March 4-5, 2016.

        The Graduate History Association is pleased to announce that the Graduate History Conference will be held in conjunction with a History Communicators workshop exploring effective history communication across disciplines, sponsored by the UMass Department of History.  A public panel discussion with Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, and other featured guests, will take place on Friday, March 4th.  GHA conference presenters are invited to attend and will be ensured a place at a networking dinner that evening with workshop participants. You will have the opportunity to speak with Jason Steinhauer, The John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress; Lonnie G. Bunch, Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Rebecca Onion, UMass Writer in Residence, history writer, The Vault blog; Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action & the Media; John Dichtl, President & CEO, AASLH; Yoni Applebaum, Senior Editor for Politics at The Atlantic; Cathy Stanton, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University, Editor of History@Work; and many more, including academic professionals, journalists, science and technology writers, bloggers, fiction and non-fiction authors, and public intellectuals.  

This conference invites submissions that investigate how we make history work for diverse communities. The theme of the conference, Putting History to Work, is meant to be a playful, ambiguous approach to a wide variety of questions confronting historians in today’s globalized society. Some questions that might elaborate on this theme, but which will not limit the scope of presentations: How do we make history work for social justice, for social movements? How do historians help social movements draw on histories of their antecedents? How does history work for public policy? What work does history do outside of the academy? Alternately, what is the history of work? How have histories of work changed? This conference is open to submissions from research in any historical period or geographic location. There will be cash prizes given to the best papers. Prize amounts and number of awards to be determined.

We welcome submissions from graduate students of History, Public History, African-American Studies, English, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Journalism and other disciplines relevant to competing approaches to history and today’s society. The following are just a few examples of possible presentation fields and subjects, although we will gladly receive others:

Communication, Public History, Oral History, African Diaspora, Gender and Sexuality, Popular Culture, Social Movements, Im(migration), Labor History, Science/Technology

Graduate students interested in participating in this conference should submit a one-page paper proposal, resume or CV, and a brief two to three sentence biography (.doc, .docx or .pdf format) for consideration by February 8, 2016. Accepted submissions may provide a full version of the presentation paper by February 19, 2016, so that the papers may be judged for the conference prize(s). In your proposal please include a paper title, abstract, and very brief statement indicating your discipline and areas of geographic, chronological, and thematic focus, as well as any presentation A/V needs. We also welcome proposed panels, which should include a brief description of the panel along with individual paper proposals.

Please e-mail materials to & Accepted applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.


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Conference Update Keynote Address: Writing History for a World in Crisis

The GHA is thrilled to announce the title of  Professor  Jennifer Guglielmo’s keynote presentation, “Writing History for a World in Crisis: The Radical Possibilities of a Transnational Lens.”

Professor  Guglielmo’s talk will take place at 3:45 PM this Saturday March 7th  as part of the proceedings for the 11th Annual GHA Conference entitled  Transcending Borders and Disciplines: The Global Importance of Transnationalism.

If you plan on attending please register for the conference using the following link

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