Active History Annoucements: July 18-24

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The following upcoming events may be of interest to our readers (click on ‘continue reading’ below for full descriptions):

1)  CFP: We Demand: History/Sex/Activism in Canada – deadline: 30 Sept 2010

2) is looking for a co-book review editor

3) Responses to the end of the mandatory long-form census

4) Digest of this week’s blog posts

Newspaper article of note: Washington Post: Lessons from Exxon Valdez spill have gone unheeded

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1)  The organizers of “We Demand” are currenting accepting proposals for papers, panels, round table discussions, or posters.  The conference is being held August 25-28, 2011 in Vancouver, BC to commemorate the first national political action taken by gay and lesbian activists.  The keynote speaker will be Ann Cvetkovich.  For more information visit the We Demand website.

2) We are looking for someone to join our editorial team as one of two book review editors.  Responsibilities include selecting books to be reviewed, finding appropriate reviewers, and contacting publishers for review copies.  Please visit our book reviews section for more information about the type of book review that we solicit.

3) Historians have been rallying in opposition to the announcement that the Canadian government would be cancelling the mandatory long-form census.  Mary Lynn Stewart, president of the Canadian Historical Association, has written a letter in opposition to this decision outlining the impact of this change for historians.  Sean Kheraj provided a brief background to this issue on his blog.  Leo Charbonneau has provided a fairly extensive list of public opposition to this decision in his blog for University Affairs.  But few in Canada are discussing whether this is a broader trend.  On July 9, the Cabinent Office minister in the UK, Francis Maude, disclosed that his government was investigating “different and cheaper ways to count the population.”  This follows up on an earlier announcement that, due to cost-saving measures, over 3/4 of UK government websites would be closed down.  A quick read through the coverage in the Daily Telegraph, who released the story, demonstrates that a similar reasoning governs these decisions as those in Canada.  An online petition has been gathering a lot of steam over the past couple of weeks.  It asks the Harper government to reverse its decision.

4) This week in the AH blogosphere:

–     Jamie Trepanier: Community Service-Learning and Active Historians on Campus

–     Jim Clifford: Dr. Georgina Feldberg, 1956-2010

–     Adam Crymble: Protect Your Copyright

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