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Center Affiliates Educate Public on Historical Context of Contemporary Protests Against Racism and White Supremacy

Center Affiliates Educate Public on Historical Context of Contemporary Protests Against Racism and White Supremacy

Dr. Jonathan S. Jones and Dr. Amira Rose Davis

Jonathan Jones, Richards Center postdoctoral Fellow in the Civil War Era, recently contributed an op-ed to the Washington Post's Made by History blog. Jones responded to Texas Governor Greg Abbott's recent demand that a Texas middle school teacher be fired for teaching the historical connections between slavery and Jim Crow and contemporary instances of police brutality. The governor argued this was “the opposite of what must be taught” in Texas history classrooms. Dr. Jones disagrees and argues in his article that teaching accurate history about white supremacy might be painful, but it is essential in creating a more just society. Readers with a Washington Post subscription can access Jones's article by clicking this link.

The Richards Center recently agreed to become a sponsor of Made by History, which was founded in 2017 by Dr. Brian Rosenwald, University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Nicole Hemmer, University of Virginia. Other editors include Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Dr. Carly Goodman, and Dr. Keisha Blain. Made by History addresses contemporary issues in a historical context aimed at deepening readers' understanding of current events. Through this sponsorship, Richards Center-affiliated scholars will receive preference in publishing articles on the blog, bringing their scholarship to a wider audience.

Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of History and African American Studies, is one of seven scholars featured in a special issue of The American Historian, titled "History of Black Lives." The American Historian is a monthly publication of the Organization of American Historians. The seven articles in this special issue seek to historically contextualize the nation-wide protests that occurred in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others. In her article, "No More Games: Understanding the Latest Wave of Athletic Activism," Dr. Davis links current protests against police brutality and racial and social injustice to earlier waves of athletic activism. Sport always has been used to communicate notions of identity and belonging, making it a natural site of athlete protest. Davis notes, "this current moment is both reminiscent of earlier activism and unlike anything we have ever seen. It’s a tidal wave. The real shift has come when individual protests morphed into collective action and mobilization of Black athletic labor solidarity." The labor solidarity of Black athletes suggests to Davis that this "athletic revolt seems ripe with unprecedented possibilities." You can read her article by clicking this link. To access the special issue, "History of Black Lives," click here.

Davis also appears, along with Center-affiliated faculty Dr. Cynthia Young and Dr. Anne Marie Mingo, in the September/October issue of Penn Stater magazine. In this issue, the scholars discuss current protests in response to state violence against Black Americans in the context of the long, historical struggle for equal rights.

Call for Applications - Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil War Era

The Richards Civil War Era Center, in conjunction with the Department of History and the College of Liberal Arts, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar in the history of the Civil War Era, beginning July 1, 2021. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal. All research interests spanning the pre-war period through Reconstruction will receive favorable consideration. Proposals that align with the Richards Center’s interests in slavery, abolition, and emancipation are especially welcome. During their residency, the scholar will have no teaching or administrative responsibilities. They 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 researchers. The fellow also will invite two senior scholars to campus to read and comment on their project. Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive.  (apply here - job #0000005854)

To be considered for this position, submit complete application packet including a cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita, and a list of three references. We will request writing samples and letters of recommendation from candidates who advance in the search process. Review of materials will begin November 1 and continue until the position has been filled. Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to richardscenter@psu.edu.

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

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Call for Applications - Associate Director, Richards Civil War Era Center

The George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, in conjunction with the Department of History, seeks applicants for an Associate Director at the rank of Assistant or Associate Research Professor. This position is a full-time, fixed-term appointment, starting July 1, 2021. The initial appointment will be for three years with the opportunity for renewal. (apply here - job #0000005537)

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in history with a focus on the long Civil War Era (roughly 1830s-1890s). Candidates whose research aligns with the Richards Center’s interests in slavery, abolition, and emancipation are especially welcome. Successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so given the opportunity.

Primary duties of the Associate Director will include supervising undergraduate internships, pursuing external funding for the Center, managing communications, and working closely with the Director on scholarly programming. In addition, the Associate Director will be expected to maintain an active research agenda. Salary/benefit package is competitive.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and a list of three references. In the cover letter, applicants should discuss their experience in managing, creating, or supervising academic programs, as well as in pursuing external funding. We will request additional materials and letters of recommendation from candidates who advance in the search process. Review of applications will begin November 2 and continue until the position has been filled. Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to richardscenter@psu.edu.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Congratulations to Dr. A. K. Sandoval-Strausz

Sandoval-StrauszBarrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City is a finalist for the “Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book” presented by International Latino Book Awards. Barrio America is the latest book by Richards Center faculty affiliate Dr. Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, associate professor of history. The book explores how Latino and Latina immigrants revived American cities beginning in the 1970s, following decades of disinvestment and white migration to the suburbs.

Reed Participates in Confronting Racism: Indigenous Perspectives

Julie ReedIn August, Dr. Julie Reed, associate professor of history, took part in Confronting Racism: Indigenous Perspectives, a roundtable discussion organized by Indiana University’s Arts and Humanities Council. Scholars and Native leaders discussed the intersections of racism that have affected Black Americans and Native Americans from the past to the present. You can watch a recording of the event here.

Sanders Speaks on the Topic of Civil Rights Activism at HBCUs

Crystal SandersDr. Crystal Sanders, associate professor of history and African American studies participated in a discussion about the integral role that Bennett Women’s College played in the Civil Rights Movement. The discussion was moderated by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bennett is an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) institution. Sanders and Dr. Jelani Favors, Clayton State University, discussed how the college’s faculty and students explicitly linked the mission of higher education to demands for racial equality and justice.