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Thursday, December 19, 2013

[haw-info] George W Bush Presidential Conference (Really) ---Proposal deadline Jan 8 2014

Alternative perspectives welcome !!
In the Spring of 2015 Hofstra University will be hosting the George W. Bush Presidential Conference. If experience of former Presidential Conferences is any guide---participants in this three-day event will include Bush himself, along with most of his Cabinet, top advisors etc. There is usually a substantial press presence at these events. ( However, because of the controversy surrounding this particular presidency, attendance of all these luminaries is not guaranteed).*In contrast to the event held earlier this year at the Bush Library, the Hofstra Conference is open to the public and should facilitate direct conversation between past officials and critics.
One form of participation is to present a paper at the Conference. There is a selection process in place, which calls for a 500-word abstract, plus CV. Since everything is being done well in advance, these proposals need to be submitted by January 8, 2014.
Happy to help with this, so let me know if you wish to submit a proposal.You can use this email or my Hofstra address Carolyn.Eisenberg@hofstra.edu.
Pasted below is the official call for papers and more detailed information
Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg

Hofstra University is pleased to announce that its 12th presidential conference, The George W. Bush Presidency, will take place March 24-26, 2015. Beginning in 1982 with an examination of the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hofstra's presidential conferences have brought together scholars, journalists, former government officials and, in some cases, the former presidents themselves to discuss the president's campaign, political leadership, policy agenda, and legacy. The University has published proceedings from every conference, which have become standard scholarly volumes and serve as early oral histories of each presidency.

Papers will be selected for presentation at the conference as well as for potential publication based on the depth and originality of perspective on the subject. Previously published material will not be considered and should not be submitted.

A one-page abstract (500 words) and curriculum vitae should be submitted via email to hofculctr@hofstra.edu by January 8, 2014.

Download Call for Papers [PDF]

The Hofstra conference committee will review paper proposals and announce accepted selections in spring 2014. Papers will be due in January 2015 and will be posted on the conference website for participants to review before the conference.

Papers should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages (approximately 6,000 words), excluding notes.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

[haw-info] HAW Notes 12/11/13: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted December 9
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan

By Andrew Bacevich, Washington Post, posted December 8
The author teaches history and international relations at Boston University

By Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch.com, posted December 5

By Ira Chernus, History News Network, posted December 4

By Noam Chomsky, Truthout.org, poste December 4

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted December 3

By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, posted December 3

By Julian Sanchez, Cato Policy Report, November/December

By Stephen M. Walt, posted November 21

By Ann Jones, TomDispatch.com, posted November 14

Thanks to Roslayn Baxandall, Rusti Eisenberg, and Mim Jackson for suggesting articles that are included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

[haw-info] Action Alert: House Poised to Sabotage Diplomacy

Action Alert: House Poised to Sabotage Diplomacy

There is one thing worse than a "do-nothing" Congress, and that's a Congress that actively promotes militarism and war.

This week the House of Representatives will be voting on two dangerous bills:

Representative Cantor (R-VA), with the support of some Democrats, will introduce legislation calling for increased sanctions on Iran and zero enrichment of uranium. This bill could totally derail on-going negotiations, make a final deal impossible, and put us on a path to war. Its clear aim is to undermine a diplomatic solution.

Also this week, the House will be voting on a final version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill. This measure includes $80.7 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan, on top of a $552.1 billion base budget for the Pentagon. Coming at a time, when we are experiencing cuts in food stamps, public housing, Head Start and a host of federal programs that our people urgently need – this bill is outrageous!

Please call your Representative today on the Capitol Switchboard 1-855-686-6927 with two messages:

* I strongly urge you to vote against Rep. Cantor's legislation on Iran, which would tie the hands of our negotiators and prevent a diplomatic solution.

* I strongly urge you to vote against the 2014 Defense Authorization Act, which continues the war in Afghanistan and squanders billions of dollars on wasteful weapons systems at a time when we are not adequately funding the urgent needs of our people.

Call Today! Then Ask Your Friends and Family to Join in this Vital Effort.

Capitol Switchboard 1-855-686-6927

Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg and Margaret Power for the HAW Steering Committee