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Blair Receives SCWH Lifetime Achievement Award

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Blair Receives SCWH Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to William Blair, Walter L. And Helen P. Ferree Professor of Middle American History and Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State.

On Friday, November 9, the Society of Civil War Historians recognized Bill’s service to the society with their lifetime achievement award. President Nina Silber and society officers Jim Marten and Steve Engle presented Bill with the award during the organization’s Tom Watson Brown Book Award dinner at the Southern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Since the society’s revival in 2006, the Richards Center has served as its organizational home, planning the biennial conferences and the annual Watson Brown Book Award dinners. In that time, the society’s membership has risen from fewer than 200 to approximately 650, and the Journal of the Civil War Era, which Bill founded in 2011 as the society’s official journal, has established itself as a leading academic periodical in its field.

Call for applications - Postdoctoral Scholar, African-American History

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Call for applications - Postdoctoral Scholar, African-American History

The Richards Civil War Era Center and the Africana Research Center invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral scholar in African-American history, beginning July 1, 2019. All research interests spanning the origins of slavery through the Civil Rights movement will receive favorable consideration. Proposals that mesh with the Richards Center’s interests in slavery, abolition, and emancipation, as well as comparative or Atlantic history, are especially welcome. During their residency, the scholar will have no teaching or administrative responsibilities. He or she will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and will be expected to take an active part in Penn State’s community of Africana researchers. The scholar also will invite two senior scholars to campus to read and comment on the scholar’s project.  Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive. To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including a cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages. Review of materials will begin November 15, 2018 and continue until the position has been filled. Three letters of reference should be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as email attachments to richardscenter@psu.edu.  Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to richardscenter@psu.edu. Applications must be submitted online at https://psu.jobs/job/83060.

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The Richards Center would like to welcome Dara Walker to Penn State as the 2018-19 Richards Center/Africana Research Center Postdoctoral Fellow!

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The Richards Center would like to welcome Dara Walker to Penn State as the 2018-19 Richards Center/Africana Research Center Postdoctoral Fellow!

Dr. Walker holds a PhD in History from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching expertise include African American history, urban history, 20th century U.S. history, public history, and the digital humanities. She received her B.S. in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar as well as a M.A. in Pan-African Studies from Syracuse University in 2011. Dr. Walker is currently writing her book manuscript which examines the role of the high school organizing tradition in the development of black radical politics of the Black Power era. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship, the Walter P. Reuther Library’s Albert Shanker Fellowship for Research in Education, and Rutgers University. She has presented her research at several national conferences, including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS). In addition to her research, teaching, and mentoring, Dr. Walker is a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the blog site for the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS).

Free Summer Mentoring Program for undergrads from historically underrepresented backgrounds interested in getting a Ph.D. in History.

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Free Summer Mentoring Program for undergrads from historically underrepresented backgrounds interested in getting a Ph.D. in History.

The Richards Center Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program exposes students to doctoral study in the discipline of history. During a one-week summer residential program (June 24-June 29, 2018), Pennsylvania State University faculty and staff demystify the graduate school admissions process and educate participants about the academic profession. Students will participate in a simulated doctoral seminar and attend workshops on a variety of topics, including writing, digital research, and graduate student life. All expenses including travel, housing, meals, and course materials are provided by the university. Penn State’s Richards Center, the Department of History, and the Department of African American Studies sponsor the program in a collaborative effort to attract and enroll students from underrepresented populations.

Follow this link to learn more about the program benefits, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

Richards Center Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Internships

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Richards Center Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Internships

The Richards Center invites applications from qualified Penn State undergraduate students for four paid positions at historic sites during the summer of 2018: two at Gettysburg National Military Park and two at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The internships provide students hands-on experience in the work of public history. These non-credit internships come with a $3,500 stipend and free housing at the national parks.  Follow this link to learn more about these exciting internships.

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