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Could the public humanities become more valuable?

Building community has turned up as a priority in a wide variety of settings around the region lately, often with the humanities in the driver’s seat. Perhaps in the season when underground bulbs send up the flowers that remind us to appreciate the beauty in nature, it is reasonable to treat the humanities a bit like those flowers. Perhaps this is a chance to take a moment to give a sniff, let our spirits be lifted, and renew our hopes for our work in a troubled world.

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Columbia offers Summer Oral History Institute

From CCOHR: The Center for Oral History Research/INCITE has announced its 2014 Oral History Institute, “Second Generation Memories and Stories,” to be held June 16-27, 2014, at Columbia University in New York City.  This year’s program will explore how “memories

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Gilded Age New York: A Q&A with Barbara Gallati

The New-York Historical Society recently opened Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America  (September 26, 2013-March 9, 2014). The exhibition—curated by Barbara Dayer Gallati, curator emerita of American art at the Brooklyn Museum—explores the popularity of society portraiture across the U.S. in

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Horticulture and Humanities at the New York Botanical Garden

A garden may not be the first place one looks for public humanities programming, but the current exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden is an exciting show deserving the attention of a blog devoted to the humanities. “Wild Medicine”

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OHA 2013 Award Winners

From H-Oralhist: The Oral History Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 OHA Awards.  Winners will be honored at the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting, to be held from October 9-13, 2013 at the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For more

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Columbia’s Master of Arts in Oral History Educates the Next Generation of Oral Historians

OHMA students learn about archival practice at a visit to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

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NEH awards 47 grants for projects in the Mid-Atlantic

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $33 million in grants for 173 humanities projects.  Special congratulations to the Mid-Atlantic recipeients: District of Columbia: Folger Shakespeare Library Outright: $195,000 [Institutes for School Teachers] Project Director: Robert Young Project Title: Folger

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Artists as Docents: A Q&A with Michele Saliola of the Judd Foundation

In June, Donald Judd’s five-story home and studio, in a historic cast-iron building at the corner of Spring and Mercer Streets in New York’s Soho, will re-open to the public after a three-year restoration. Judd bought the building in 1968

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Racial Realities: Writing about Race in the First Person

From Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations: Join writer & oral historian, Svetlana Kitto, for a literature and writing workshop focusing on fiction, memoir, oral history, and essay forms that reflect experiences of race and identity. You’ll read first-person narratives from a variety

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“Beers to Brassieres in 150 Years” and Beyond: New Developments at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

By Mandi Magnuson-Hung Since opening in 1992 in what was previously a tenement building at 97 Orchard Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum has interpreted the lives of the working-class immigrants who occupied the

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9:00 am American Catholic Historical Ass...
American Catholic Historical Ass...
Jan 2 @ 9:00 am – Jan 5 @ 10:00 am
The American Catholic HIstorical Association has announced the dates of its 2015 conference.  The event will be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York, New York. Event information will be updated at: http://www.achahistory.org/conferences/
12:00 pm American Historical Association ...
American Historical Association ...
Jan 2 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm
The American Historical Association’s 2015 meeting, “History and the Other Disciplines” will be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York, New York.  Details will be added as they are available.  Please visit the conference site: https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting  
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all-day CFP: Oral History in the Mid-Atl... @ Deadline
CFP: Oral History in the Mid-Atl... @ Deadline
Jan 5 all-day
From H:OralHist: OHMAR is delighted to accept proposals for its 2015 annual meeting around this year’s theme,“Oral History and Health.” OHMAR invites participants to interpret the conference theme broadly. Some ideas are below. The topics are meant to inspire creativity
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all-day CFP: Annual Conference of the Ea... @ Deadline
CFP: Annual Conference of the Ea... @ Deadline
Jan 9 all-day
Submitted by Simon Bronner: The planning committee for the Annual Conference of the Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) seeks proposals for its 2015 conference, Land and Sea – Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience, to be held March 27-28, 2015
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all-day Delaware Nature Society Professi... @ Ashland Nature Center
Delaware Nature Society Professi... @ Ashland Nature Center
Jan 13 – Jan 17 all-day
The Delaware Nature Society will hold a Professional Leadership Institute on January 13-17, 2015, at the Ashland Nature Center. Intended for those in leadership positions in non-profit institutions, the conference will include sessions on budget and development, leadership, advocacy, strategic

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