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Monday, March 20, 2017

[haw-info] Message about elections, new members, and the Steering Committee

March 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

Historians against the War (HAW) is soliciting additional members for
its Steering Committee. We believe that the dangerous policies of the
new Trump administration require a strengthening of organizations such
as ours that work for a peaceful world and against repression and
intolerance. We want people who are willing to contribute time and
energy to determining our upcoming plans and are willing to help see
them come to fruition.


If you would like to nominate yourself for the Steering Committee
elections, don't be shy! Please send Margaret Power (power@iit.edu)
and Van Gosse (van.gosse@fandm.edu) your name and affiliation, a few
lines about why you would like to be on the Steering Committee, and
what areas or aspects of the work you are potentially willing to join
or develop. If more than 20 people step forward, as has happened
several times in the past, an election will be held. Everyone has
different strengths and abilities, so consider using yours to help HAW
organize historians.


Margaret Power and Van Gosse

Our February 2017 updated Mission Statement is below.

Historians Against the War was formed in January 2003 to oppose the
Bush Administration's drive for a pre-emptive, illegal invasion of
Iraq. We participated actively in the antiwar movement of the Bush
years, and we have continued to campaign for peace and diplomacy
internationally, while extending our support for Palestinian human
rights. Now, with the ascent of an extreme rightwing administration
contemptuous of constitutional norms, we will add to our mission
fighting for free speech and academic freedom for all members of
campus communities, and for the human rights of our students,
especially the undocumented, Muslims, people of color, women and LGBTQ
people. We will challenge the "fake news" and "alternative facts" that
have driven the right's ascent, and defend the discipline of history
against attempts to reduce it to affirmations of "American greatness,"
documenting how prior eras of reaction were successfully combatted.
Finally, we recognize that the Trump/Pence Administration is a threat
not only to the people of the United States, but to the people of the
world, and we will continue to stand against a new nuclear arms race,
more imperial interventions, and collaboration with authoritarian
regimes.


--
Margaret Power
Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Room 218 Siegal Hall
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-6921

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 3/9/17: Proposals deadline; Links to recent articles of interest


Note: March 20 is the deadline for submitting proposals for the conference on "Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today," October 19-22 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. Click here for details on the conference and the call for proposals. 


 

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

 

"The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget"

By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted March 9, 2017

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point.

 

"How Anti – Vietnam War Activists Stopped Violent Protest from Hijacking Their Movement"

By Robert Levering, NationOfChange.org, posted March 8

The author was a full-time peace activist from 1967 to 1973 with the New Mobilization Committee and other coalitions.

 

"Why Trump Executive Order Is Still a Racist Muslim Ban"

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted March 7, 2017

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

 

"American Carnage: Fighting the Forever War"

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted March 7

The author teaches philosophy at the University of San Francisco and is the author of American Nuremberg, on war crimes during the "war on terror."

 

"Trump and the SixTrillion Dollar Question: Republicans and Democrats Both Refuse to Investigatethe Staggering Resources Wasted in the Middle East"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted March 2

The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

 

"Losing a War One Bad Metaphor at a Time: Thrashing About in the Afghan Petri Dish"

By William J. Astore, TomDispatch.com, posted February 28

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.

 

"French Historian Says He Was Threatened with Deportation at Houston Airport"

By Erin McCann, History News Network (from the New York Times), posted February 26

On the scary experience of Holocaust scholar Henry Rousso

 

"America's Mass Deportation System Is Rooted in Racism"

By Kelly Lytle Hernandez, The Conversation, posted February 26

The author teaches history and African-American Studies at UCLA.

 

Suggestions for these lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.comThanks to an anonymous reader (always the same one) for suggesting some of the above articles.