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From the Executive Director.

Being a Massachusetts native, I eagerly await this particular theme in the World History Bulletin (WHB), the sea and the world. In New England, the sea is particularly meaningful. Just a month ago, I boarded the ferry and visited Martha's Vineyard, which has a rich history connected with the water. Long before US presidents vacationed at this spot and Hollywood types flocked here to enjoy the water, the Vineyard had a long history, which is associated with the sea, most notably its connection to the whaling industry.

This fall, there is so much happening in the World History Association office. We are currently starting the full nominations process for 2017, which will nearly be complete when this WHB is published. The Call for Papers (CFPs) announcement has gone out for our 2017 annual conference here in Boston with a deadline date of November 30, 2016. We look forward to reviewing these CFPs, whether they are closely linked to our conference themes, "The Atlantic World" and "Food in World History" or in another genre, which offers a diversity of sessions for participants. To continue with our efforts toward complete financial stability, for the second year we are conducting the WHA Giving Tuesday campaign. In 2016, Giving Tuesday falls on November 29. It's the perfect time of year to consider a donation. This comes with the added benefit that a percentage of all gifts we receive goes to a charity that assists those around the globe. We offer you three choices, and then you vote on your top pick. In 2015, twenty percent of the WHA Giving Tuesday campaign went to UNICEF. We look forward to offering other interesting choices this year and donors have the added advantage of knowing their donation is assisting two organizations.

As I write this letter, we are working daily on the 2017 conference. By January 1, 2017, full information about the Boston meeting will be listed on our website, including links to our host hotels and lodging options as well as the special events and tours. Before you book your flight, be sure to review the events that are being offered to our conference registrants before June 22 and beyond June 24. Boston is lovely in June and we hope that you can participate in these other carefully selected options.

An important part of the conference has always been offering scholarships to participants. The following three awards require applications that are due by March 15, 2017: World Scholar Fund, William H. McNeill Teacher Scholarship and the Conference Registration Fee Waivers (multiple waivers distributed). Specific information about these awards can be found on the WHA website, under the drop-down menu entitled "awards." Since we aim to support the greatest number of scholars possible, applicants who are awardees must not have received WHA awards in prior years.

Moving into our third year at home in the History Department of Northeastern University, we are fortunate to have another talented graduate student join our team for 2016-2017. Bridget Keown graduated cum laude with a degree in History and Russian Literature and Language from Smith College. She received her Master's Degree in Imperial and Commonwealth History from King's College, London. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate at Northeastern. Her dissertation, which is provisionally titled "'She is lost to time and place': Women, War Trauma, and the History of the First World War," studies reports of war trauma from women at the battlefront and the home front in order to tell a more inclusive story about total war, as well as to challenged the gendered assumptions about war trauma.

Bridget also brings many years' experience in research, public service, and administrative work. She has organized several major public events at numerous museums, including The Old Manse and The Wayside Museums in Concord, MA, and assisted with organizing events at museums around New England, including the Longfellow House, the Prudence Crandall Museum, and Minuteman National Historic Park. She has worked at Houghton Library at Harvard, where she played a major role in organizing their extensive theater collection, and the Imperial War Museum, where she cataloged the private papers of First World War veterans to make them accessible to researchers, as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston. She is currently an assistant reference librarian at the Peabody Institute Library in her hometown of Peabody, Massachusetts.

Bridget and I are working on most initiatives together, including our WHA awards. I am thrilled to report that the WHA Dissertation Prize has received the most applications ever, nearly forty. This points to the growing body of world historians from around the globe who are participating in the WHA. To stay current with the changing landscape of education,

I will participate in the AP Symposium on History this coming week and in early November, the ACLS Directors Meeting in St. Louis. Bringing back information to our governance is important for our vision and growth, but what is also important to share with you is these costs are generously subsidized by the organizations themselves. There is minimal funding that needs to be borrowed from the WHA operating budget.

As we continue to create meaningful programming and plans for our members, I think back on the many happy faces in Ghent. This is my reward and I hope to see you enjoying yourself next year as we gather in Boston. You can always share your visions and ideas with our office. We can be reached at or 617-373-6818.

Best wishes,

Kerry Vieira

Administrative Coordinator/Executive Director, The

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Title Annotation:happenings in World History Association office
Author:Vieira, Kerry
Publication:World History Bulletin
Article Type:Column
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2016
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