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American Ornithology Celebration - Ohio Wesleyan

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Publication
of Alexander Wilson's


In 1814, Alexander Wilson published volume 9 of his groundbreaking American Ornithology, completing his descriptions of the birds of the United States. The nine-volume set was the first major scientific publication of the young republic and the founding document of American ornithology.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of its publication, Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate Wilson's life and accomplishments at a one-day symposium "Alexander Wilson and the Making of American Ornithology." The symposium will be held April 23, 2014, at the university, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through dinner. Presenters will include:

• Joel T. Fry, Curator, Bartram's Garden, The John Bartram Association

• Gerard Carruthers FRSE, Chair of Scottish Literature since 1700, University of Glasgow

• Edward H. Burtt, Jr., Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University

• Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

• Tom Blanton, an art collector who has spent 15 years seeking to acquire all editions of Wilson's American Ornithology published in the 19th century.

Full details of the symposium and the exhibition of Wilson's artwork, publications, and notes are available at, where you also may register. Please register by April 9 to facilitate planning of meals, breaksl and a reception at the exhibit.

Ohio Wesleyan professor Edward H. "Jed" Burtt Jr. and William E. Davis Jr., professor emeritus at Boston University, are co-authors of "Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology." The 464-page book was published in 2013 following a decade of research.

Questions may be addressed to:

Edward H. "Jed" Burtt Jr.
Department of Zoology
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-368-3886

Democracy Realized - Allegheny Conference

Democracy Realized? The Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement

Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) will host a two-day undergraduate conference March 28-29, 2014 on the legacies of the Civil Rights Movement. This event will bring five nationally recognized scholars and activists together with students to investigate the pasts, presents, and futures of civil rights.

Keynote speakers include James Lawson, Lucius Outlaw (Vanderbilt University), Susan Burch (Middlebury College), Ellen Armour (Vanderbilt University), and Matthew Fletcher (University of Michigan).

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forty-nine after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this conference will consider the victories, failures, limits, and possibilities we envision across a broad spectrum of social concerns. The five keynote speakers will reflect upon the rights of the disabled, of LGBTI, of women, and of Native Americans and African Americans, in the light of these landmark Acts, current events, and recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Our five keynote addresses will anchor the undergraduate conference of papers and panel sessions in which these keynote speakers will also be intimately engaged.


FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS visit or contact the Conference Coordinator:

Eric Boynton, Allegheny College
Chair of Philosophy & Religious Studies


Annie Corbin
Department Coordinator for Philosophy and Religious Studies
(814) 332-4343



Funded by the Bywater Fund for Social Justice Programming and the Towns Family Fund.

Oberlin - 18th Biennial Mid-west Asian American Student Conference

18th Biennial Mid-west Asian American Student Conference

March 14, 2014 – March 15, 2014

Oberlin College


The 18th Biennial Mid-west Asian American Student Conference will gather movers of multiple generations and disciplines, and bring these critical conversations to the unique experiences of Asian Americans in the mid-west. Throughout this weekend, we will host a variety of artists, activists, and academics, of which are not entirely exclusive of one another. The conference hopes to inform our understanding of the negotiation and renegotiation of as many individual and identities within Asian America as possible. Asian American experiences created from the intersection of our multiple identities are critical and undeniable voices shape our society and inform activism, articulate justice, and challenge the notion of post-raciality.

For additional information visit Oberlin's website.

Earlham College Conference on 1964

Earlham College Conference on 1964

Call For Papers

Saturday, April 5, 2014; Richmond, Indiana

In 2014, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer. To commemorate these events the African and African American Studies Program and History Department of Earlham College will host a one-day conference on the histories, cultures, and legacies of 1964. We invite papers from faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and activists exploring, but not limited to, the following:

• Mississippi Freedom Summer

• The Civil Rights Movement in the North

• The Global Civil Rights Movement

• The Civil Rights Act, 1964 and the Voting Rights Act, 1965

• Technology, Media, and Resistance Movements

• Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

• Labor and the Civil Rights Movement

• Religion and the Civil Rights Movement

• Civil Rights Battles Today

• The Legacies of Brown vs. Board of Education


Individual paper submissions by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates are encouraged. Paper submissions should include a title, 500 word abstract, and contact information.


Panels can include a combination of undergraduate and/or graduate student participants as well as faculty. Panel proposals should include a title, a one-page description of the topic and a list of participants.

Submission Guidelines and Deadline

All submissions should include the contact person's name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address. Papers and panels should be submitted to Betsy Schlabach, Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies ( by February 28, 2014.

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