A Centennial Celebration of the History of Civil Rights

16 03 2010

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: “A Centennial Celebration of the History of Civil Rights,” Hattiesburg, Mississippi, October 21-23, 2010. Submission deadline: June 1, 2010

As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s centennial celebration, the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage seek paper and panel proposals that examine the long Civil Rights Movement (ca. 1865-the present). The Center welcomes proposals from all disciplines.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the site of the conference, played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began one of its first voter registration projects in Hattiesburg. In 1964, the city had the largest and most active Freedom Summer project in the state. The Delta Ministry and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party were also active in the area. Several veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, including author Charles Cobb and longtime activist Hollis Watkins, will discuss their experiences as a part of the conference. Under the aegis of the university, the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has developed one of the nation’s premier collections of materials related to the Civil Rights Movement (www.usm.edu/oralhistory/). In addition to examining the University’s history during the Civil Rights Movement, this conference will assess the broader Freedom Struggle from Reconstruction to the present.

Please send proposals (300 words per paper) and curriculum vitae to Curtis Austin, Department of History, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5047, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Submissions may also be sent by e-mail to Curtis.J.Austin@usm.edu. Individual paper proposals and complete sessions are welcome. Proposals are due by June 1, 2010. We will announce the program by August 1, 2010.

Dr. Curtis J. Austin
Department of History
The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Email: curtis.j.austin@usm.edu

2010 GIL Users Group Meeting The Show Must Go On: Strategic Transitions for the Next Generation Library

13 03 2010

Mark your calendar now for the GIL Users Group Meeting (GUGM)

scheduled for May 20, 2010. Due to continued travel restrictions, our meeting will be, as last year, held virtually. The entire meeting will be offered through the Wimba application, a user-friendly format that makes online meetings fun, easy, and interactive.

There will be eight session slots this year doubling the four offered last year. Session proposal forms are due back no later than March 22nd, 2010.

The Program Planning Committee is putting together the agenda. We look forward to a dynamic keynote address as well as timely, informative sessions. Both the agenda and open registration will be published soon – watch for further details!

ASEH and NCPH Program

12 03 2010

Follow the conference via twitter @pc_presnation….

Kasi Piccard-Krone reports on the pre-conference Environmental History Forum on Wednesday:


Cross-postings from blogs by three conference attendees give a sense of some of what’s been going on so far today:

Priya Chaya of “Preservation Nation” and “This is What Comes Next”

muses on where the green movement and environmental history intersect (or not) with the public:


Tom Scheinfeldt of “Found History” gives a useful overview of how digital humanities are represented at the conference:


Cathy Stanton of “History on Wheels” reports on a session focusing on cars and the environment:


Also read Larry Cebula’s invitation to the Washington State Digital Archives display at the exhibit hall (and those not at the conference can visit the archives themselves!) http://ncph2010.blogspot.com/2010/03/mass-motorization-and-environment.html

And for those with a weakness for neon, Vintage Roadside has served up a great selection of roadside attractions in Portland:



4 03 2010

Follow via Twitter @ #webwise

2010 ASEH/NCPH Conference Blog

1 03 2010

This is the blog site for the 2010 joint conference of the American Society for Environmental History and the National Council on Public History, being held in Portland, Oregon, between March 10 and 14, 2010