Wednesday, April 10, 2013

OAH: Panels of Interest

The Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians starts tomorrow in San Francisco. The program looks terrific. Here are some highlights [UPDATED to reflect reader suggestions]:

Thursday, April 11

Plenary Session: Freedom Struggles 

Chair: Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan 
Clayborne Carson, Stanford University 
Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago  
Tera W. Hunter, Princeton University  
Scott Kurashige, University of Michigan
The year 2013 marks the anniversaries of two major events in the history of black freedom struggles—the March on Washington’s fiftieth and the Emancipation Proclamation’s sesquicentennial. Leading scholars will offer brief reflections on the long history of black freedom movements, their significance to United States history more generally, and their relevance for today.
Early Republic Borderlands: Indian Removal, Slavery, and Non-State Actors
Chair: David Waldstreicher, Temple University  
“Fraught with Disastrous Consequences for our Country”: Cherokee Removal and Nullification, 1824–1839, Nancy Morgan, Temple University  
Women at the Crossroads: The Legal and Political Fight to Reverse Indian Removal in Seneca, 1838–1887, Taylor Spence, Yale University 
Reading Hearts, Not Books: Affective Literacy and Public Sentiment in David Walker’s Appeal, Tara Bynum,Towson University  
Commentator: Matthew Dennis, University of Oregon
Friday, April 12

American Legal History [A "State of the Field" panel]
Chair: Michael Willrich, Brandeis University

Daniel Hulsebosch, New York University
Ariela Gross, University of Southern California
Andrew Wender Cohen, Syracuse University
William J. Novak, University of Michigan
Jane Dailey, University of Chicago

From Illegal Aliens to Illegal History: A Roundtable Responds to the Return of the Culture Wars in Arizona
Chair: Lorena Oropeza, University of California, Davis

Lydia Otero, University of Arizona
Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, University of California, Davis
Milo Alvarez, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Karen Leong, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Age Matters: Chronological Age and the Construction of Race, Gender, and Citizenship
Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession
Chair: Leslie Paris, University of British Columbia
“Male Citizens Twenty-One Years of Age”: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Age in Nineteenth-Century Citizenship, Corinne Field, University of Virginia 
Born Dependent: The Children of Gradual Emancipation and the Laws of Poverty, Sarah Levine-Gronningsater, University of Chicago
Statutory Marriage Law and the Gendered Construction of Adulthood in the Nineteenth Century, Nicholas Syrett, University of Northern Colorado
Voting Rights and the Politics of Age in the Age of Aquarius, Rebecca de Schweinitz, Brigham Young University
Commentator: Leslie Paris
New Legal History Perspectives on African Americans, Latina/os, Asian Americans, and Native Americans
Sponsored by the OAH Committee on the Status of ALANA Historians and ALANA Histories

Chair: Charles McClain, University of California, Berkeley
Karen Tani, University of California, Berkeley
Tom I. Romero II, University of Denver
Rick Moss, African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Saturday, April 13

The Capacity to Be Citizens: Mental Competency and Civil Rights in Gilded Age and Progressive America

Chair: Barbara Welke, University of Minnesota  
Powers of Belief: Insanity Allegations and the Regulation of Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century, Kathryn Burns-Howard, Miami University of Ohio  
Leroy Pitzer—Citizen, Voter, Lunatic, Rabia Belt, University of Michigan  
Antecedent to All Other Rights: Legal Capacity and Kentucky Inheritance Disputes in the Gilded Age, Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University
Commentator: Barbara Welke
Race and Law: New Directions in Southern Legal History
Chair: David Lieberman, University of California, Berkeley  
Grand Jury Presentments in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina, Sally Hadden, Western Michigan University  
The Southern Roots of the Reapportionment Revolution, Charles Zelden, Nova Southeastern University
Race, Property Rights, and Negotiated Space in the American South: A Reconsideration of Buchanan v. Warley Patricia Minter, Western Kentucky University
Commentator: Karen Tani, University of California, Berkeley
Film Screening: Criminal Injustice: Death and Politics at Attica
Chair: Heather Thompson, Temple University 
Christine Christopher, Independent Filmmaker 
David Marshall, Independent Filmmaker 
Malcolm Bell, Former New York Special Assistant Attorney General 
Melvin Marshall, Former Attica Inmate
Mass Incarceration: New Directions in the Study of Race and Punishment in Modern American Life
Chair:Kelly Lytle Hernández, University of California, Los Angeles   
Sarah Haley, University of California, Los Angeles 
Donna Murch, Rutgers University 
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 
Heather Thompson, Temple University 
Presidential Address: Navigating Segregated Life in America’s Racial Borderhoods
Albert Camarillo, Stanford University

Sunday, April 14

Asylum and Sovereignty in the 1970s and 1980s

Chair: Jana Lipman, Tulane University  
Homefront of the Hostage Crisis: The Contested Status of Iranian Students in the US, Yael Schacher, Harvard University  
Implementing Asylum: The 1980 Refugee Act and Immigration Cause Lawyers, Rebecca Hamlin, Grinnell College  
Offshore Refugee Processing and the Origins of the Guantanamo Model, Jeffrey Kahn, University of Chicago  
Commentator: Philip Wolgin, Center for American Progress
Histories of the US State [A "State of the Field" panel]
Chair: William J. Novak, University of Michigan
James Sparrow, University of Chicago
Rachel St. John, Harvard University
Cybelle Fox, University of California, Berkeley  
Commentator: William J. Novak
“What a Tangled Web We Weave”: Ideals and Realities of Religion in the American Nation
Chair: Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania

The Invention of Religious Freedom as an American Ideal, 1789–1835, Tisa Wenger, Yale University

Reinventing Civil Liberties: The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Street Provocations, Leah Weinryb Grohsgal, Emory University

“Without Distinction of Creed”: Military Chaplains and Religious Experimentation in the 1930s and 40s, Ronit Stahl, University of Michigan
If you're attending the meeting, don't forget to check the "updates" page on the OAH website. How else would you learn about this new session?
Getting Started with Blogging, Podcasting, and Video Production: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

Saturday, April 13 at 1:45 p.m.

Nic Champaign, OAH’s media specialist will provide an overview of what is needed to start your own blog and how to produce your own podcast and video. In the blogging section, Nic will explain how to start a free blog with a custom domain name or blog with a hosting service and WordPress. The podcast and video section will cover how to produce a podcast and submit it to iTunes, and how to determine the camera that suits your needs and a few ways to edit your video on the Mac.