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Philanthropy at the Upcoming AHA Meeting

This upcoming Jan. 7-10th, the annual meeting of the American Historical Association will take place in Atlanta; and in anticipation of the event, I have culled a list of panels that might be of interest to HistPhil readers. We hope to see you there! Of course, please let me know if I missed any panels, and please also reach out if you plan to be at the conference and would like to write a post about one of these panels.

-Maribel Morey, HistPhil co-editor

2016 AHA Annual Meeting

(Jan. 7-10th, Atlanta, Georgia)

Friday, Jan. 9th, 8:30-10am:

  • Converts, Nuns, and Daughters: Gender and Religious Identity in the Long 19th Century (American Society of Church History Session 12, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, International Ballroom 2).
    • Chair: Sarah Williams, Regent College.
    • Papers: 
      • “Confessing Priests, Authentic Narratives, and Roman Recantations: Gender and Anti-Catholic Sentiment in Jacksonian America,” Paul Gutacker, Baylor University. 
      • “Greater Reconstruction: Catholic Sisters as Government Employees, Women, and Nuns,” Danae Jacobson, University of Notre Dame.
      • “Unity, Charity, and the United States: The Founding Years of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, 1903–07,” Natalie Sargent, University of Notre Dame.
    • Comment: Sarah Williams.
  • Linking the Atlantic with the Heart of Europe: German Transnational Networks in the 18th Century (Hilton Atlanta, Room 304 Joint session with the Central European History Society).
    • Chair: Benjamin Marschke, Humboldt State University.
    • Papers:
      • “Muhlenberg’s Heir: The Correspondence Network of John Christopher Kunze,” Markus Berger, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg.
      • “A Transatlantic Discipline? German ‘Sciences of State,’ Spanish America, and Professional Mobility in the Age of Enlightenment,” Nicholas Miller, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
      • “The Communication Network of the Francke Foundations with London,” Nikolas Schröder, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
      • “Foot Soldiers in the Empire of Goods: The German-Speaking Merchant Community of Colonial Philadelphia,” Andrew Zonderman, Emory University.
    • Comment: Audience.

Friday, Jan. 8th, 2:30-4:30pm: 

  • Defining Social Needs: A Conversation among Historians and Foundation Officials about Philanthropy Past and Present (National History Center of the American Historical Association Session 5, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, International Ballroom 5).
    • Chair: Dane K. Kennedy, George Washington University and National History Center.
    • Panel:
      • Amanda B. Moniz, National History Center of the American Historical Association.
      • Johann N. Neem, Western Washington University.
      • Maribel Morey, Clemson University.
      • LaTosha Brown, Project Director, Grantmakers for Southern Progress.
      • Ina Dixon, History Fellow, Danville Regional Foundation.
  • Wealth and Social Welfare: Market-Based Reform and Anti-poverty Policies (Hilton Atlanta, Salon B). 
    • Chair: Alice M. O’Connor, University of California, Santa Barbara.
    • Papers:
      • “Consolidating for Public Good: Philanthropic Foundations and Social Welfare,” Elizabeth Harmon, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
      • “Reducing Global Poverty through Markets or Social and Economic Rights? A History of Economists’ Writings on Poverty and Markets, 1970–2000,” Christian Christiansen, Aarhus University.
      • “For Neighborhoods, Not Profit: Intermediaries and Public-Private Partnerships in Boston, 1968–91,” Claire Dunning, Harvard University.
    • Comment: Angus Robinson Burgin, Johns Hopkins University.

Sunday, Jan. 10th, 8:30-10:30am: 

  • Migrating Repertoires of Diplomacy: Strategies of British Negotiation with Indigenous Peoples in the British Empire, 1800-50 (Hilton Atlanta, Room 303).
    • Chair: Dane K. Kennedy, George Washington University.
    • Papers:
      • “The Humanitarian Impulse in Early 19th-Century Colonial Governance and Its Legacies,” Richard Price, University of Maryland at College Park.
      • “Failing in Every Endeavor to Conciliate: Governor Arthur’s Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Transnational Connections, and Postcolonial Afterlife,” Penny Edmonds, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania.
      • “Gorgets and Breastplates: Frontier Diplomacy in North America and Australia,” Kate Darian-Smith, University of Melbourne.
    • Comment:  Dane K. Kennedy.

Sunday, Jan. 10th, 11-1pm: 

  • Fellow-Feeling in an Imperial Age (Hilton Atlanta, Room 304).
    • Chair: Thomas W. Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley.
    • Papers:
      • “Regional Tumult, Constitutions, and the Political Calculus of Imperial Philanthropy in 1880s Jamaica,” Christienna Fryar, Buffalo State College (State University of New York).
      • “Corporate Philanthropy between Empire and Nation-State: Tata and the Making of Modern India,” Mircea Constantin Raianu, Harvard University.
      • “Empire, Refugees, and the Use of Humanitarian Universals,” Caroline Emily Shaw, Bates College.
    • Comment: Thomas W. Laqueur.
  • The Green Revolution in World History (Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Imperial Ballroom A). 
    • Chair: Alan Marcus, Mississippi State University.
    • Papers:
      • “The Green Revolution in South Asia,” R. Douglas Hurt, Purdue University.
      • “Land Reform, Betterment Schemes, and the Green Revolution in South Africa, 1913-2013,” Catherine Higgs, University of British Columbia.
      • “Rethinking Agricultural History in Latin America from the Ground Up,” David Carey Jr., Loyola University Maryland.
    • Comment: Audience.
  • Faith and Humanitarian Development: Defining Need, Seeking Change (American Society of Church History Session 41, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, International Ballroom 1). 
    • Chair: Heather Curtis, Tufts University.
    • Papers:
      • “Religious and Secular Missions in Kennedy’s Peace Corps,” Thomas Carty, Springfield College.
      • “Combating Injustice: Christian Support for Global Change,” Gregory Witkowski, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
      • “Religious Identity and International Development: The Rise of Evangelical Agencies, Private Philanthropy, and the Recasting of US Foreign Aid,” David King, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
    • Comment: Maribel Morey, Clemson University.





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