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July 23, 2014

Members and Friends:

The 35th IAH Annual Meeting
will be held at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
February 28, 2015!

Rights, Riots and Reactions

[See CALL FOR PAPERS here].

In the year 2015 we focus on civil rights, not only in the context of United States history, but also from a global view of the struggle for equal rights. Possible “anniversary” topics suggested by the year 2015 include the Battle of Waterloo,the Battle of New Orleans,the Congress of Vienna, the end of the Civil War, the passage of the 13th amendment, World War I,the creation of the United Nations (leading to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), the end of World War II, and the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Brian Dirck,Professor of History,Anderson University,will provide the keynote address. His first book,“Lincoln and Davis:Imagining America,1809-1865,”offered a comparative analysis of the two Civil War presidents’lives and careers. He has since focused most of his attention on Abraham Lincoln. His publications include “Lincoln the Lawyer,”an overview of Lincoln’s legal career that was awarded the Benjamin Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable for the best book published on Abraham Lincoln in 2007. In 2012 he published “Lincoln and the Constitution,”as part of the Concise Lincoln Library Series,and “Lincoln and White America,”an analysis of Lincoln’s views concerning white supremacy and racism.

For more information, contact IAH president

Nancy Conner,Ph.D.
Indiana Humanities
E-mail:nconner@indianahumanities.org

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Allow me to encourage your involvement in the IAH.  The study of history is a vitally important endeavor, and the IAH promotes that endeavor.  Since 1980, the association has brought together those engaged in a variety of historical pursuits.  The annual meeting, held early in the year,  and the Thornbrough Lecture,  held every fall at Butler University, provide opportunities for collegial fellowship and for sharing recent scholarship.  The History Educators Network of Indiana (HENI) is another way to network with historians throughout the state.  As an old IAH brochure put it, ”if you love history and wish to engage with others your passion, the Indiana Association of Historians is for you.”

1.    You can join or renew your membership by downloading the membership form or by simply providing your name, professional affiliation,  address,  and email along with a $15 check payable to “The Indiana Association of Historians.” Mail your membership to: Joel D. Shrock, Anderson University, 1100 E. Fifth St., Anderson, IN  46012.

2.    Visit this web site to keep up to date on the association’s coming activities:  the Thornbrough Lecture at Butler University in the fall and the annual meeting at the University of Indianapolis early next month.

3.    Be a supporter of the IAH and contribute to the special funds that promote the special-focus work of the organization (donations can be made by mailing a check):

a.    History Education Fund (ICHE; HENI)

b.    Public Advocacy Fund

c.    Taylor Lecture Fund

d.    Thornbrough Lecture Fund

4.  Be an active recruiter for the association by inviting colleagues to participate.

5.  Become involved in the association as a councilor or officer.  Please indicate your interests in this kind of contribution to the 2014 president,Nancy Conner at nconner@indianahumanities.org .