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Nominations for Historians Against the War Steering
Name: Ben Alpers
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Position: Associate Professor
Historial Specialization: 20th-century U.S.
Political Background: Growing up in Berkeley during the 1960s and 1970s
was itself a political education. I have been politically active since
high school. In graduate school, I founded a committee to explore graduate
student unionization, worked in abortion clinic defense, and helped organize
the local movement opposing the first Gulf War. More recently, I have
served on the board of Common Cause Oklahoma, and was state co-chair
of the Green Party of Oklahoma. I currently serve on the Peace Action
Committee of the Green Party of the United States.
Reason for Running: I have been involved in HAW since its founding in
January 2003. I have enjoyed working with the Steering Committee and
look forward to continuing to do so. I am currently involved in the early
planning for the first national HAW conference, which I hope will highlight
scholarship, activism, and their interconnections.
Name: David R. Applebaum
Institution: Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Historical Specialization: Contemporary French
Race/Ethnicity: OWEM (Older White European Male)
Political Background: Marching and Organizing Since
1963 in Civil Rights, Peace Movement, Faculty
Reason for Running: Continue collaboration to end the
occupation and sustain a movement of engaged radical
Name: Marc Becker
Institution: Truman State University
Position: Associate Professor of History
Historical Specialization: Modern Latin American history
Race/Ethnicity: Platt Deutsch (Low German)
Political Background: My political consciousness was born (as Rigoberta
Menchu would say) in 1980 with the Carter Doctrine which reinstated draft
registration in reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Unfortunately,
I was 18 at the time, and coming to the realization that I did not want
to be used as a pawn for someone else's foreign policy objectives led
me to rethink completely my ideology. I subsequently worked extensively
with Central American solidarity groups, including a stint with Witness
for Peace in Nicaragua. More recently, I have worked with Indigenous
rights movements in the Americas and am a founder of NativeWeb, the premier
Internet site on Indigenous issues. Politically I identify myself as
a socialist in the tradition of José Carlos Mariátegui,
although I am not a member of any party. I am motivated by a desire for
social justice, and am a pacifist.
Reason for Running: I have been involved with HAW since its founding
at the AHA in January 2003. My motivation for joining HAW was to challenge
imperialistic policies that run counter to our interests. I have worked
on HAW's web page and am interested and willing to continue in that capacity.
Name: Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins
Institution: St. Scholastica Academy, Chicago, IL
Position: Assistant Principal for Academics, Social Studies Faculty
Historical Specialization: French Colonial Illinois
Political Background: National Board of Directors, Murder Victims Families
for Human Rights, National State President's Council for Million Mom
March/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Democratic Precinct committee
person. Speakers Bureau for Amnesty International, MoveOn.org, and other
groups. Significant experience as public speaker and lobbyist on human
rights issues, especially the death penalty and gun violence.
Reason for Running: As a history teacher for 23 years and a life-long
educator, nothing is more clear to me in this current political climate
than the need for historians to be the voice for education as to the
real significance of the decisions of this current administration.
Name: Ron Briley
Institution: Sandia Preparatory School, 532 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque
Position: Assistant Head of School, history teacher
Historical Specialization: American History; Popular Culture; Film Studies,
Political Background: I have been an activiist since undergraduate days
with SDS at West Texas State
Univeristy, not exactly a hotbed of radicalism. In fact, I am first generation
literate on my father's side,
and the first in my family to attend college. My family worked as sharecroppers,
and I grew up picking
cotton. That experience has impacted my political perspective to this
day in term s of the struggle for
equality for working people in this country. I only entered college because
I learned about the possibility
of a deferment, and I discovered an academic world I never knew existed.
Following grad school, I have
taught for 27 years at a prep school in Albuquerque, and I also teach
weekends at the University of New
Mexico-Valencia Campus. During my teaching career I have continued my
involvement with political
causes for racial and social equality as well as against the expansion
of American colonialism and
militarism on the world stage.
Reasons for Running: I want to become more involved because of the crisis
to this nation and the world
which the invasion of iraq and the expansion of the national security
state (along with its corporate
sponsors) poses for America and the world. I lost good friends in Vietnam,
and I do not want the students
that I teach today to repeat that experience. I have b een active in
writing op-eds for the Albuquerque
Tribune and giving weekly radio commentaries for our public radio station
KUNM against the war. Also, I
hope that as a person active in the schools I can help make HAW a force
in the schools as well as the
Name: Edith Couturier
Institution: National Coalition of Indpendent Scholars,
Branch Capital Area Independent Scholars
Historical Specialization: I retired
from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1995; received my doctorate
in Latin Amrican History from Columbia University in 1965.
Political Background: Democrat
Reasons for Running: to provide a different viewpoint.
I will be veryhappy not to be elected.
Name: John Cox
Institution: Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Ph.D.
candidate, History; defense
date: April 2005); George Mason University (History instructor, Spring
Position: Ph.D. candidate, also instructor
Historical Specialization: primary: Modern Europe/Germany
(Jewish resistance inside Nazi Germany;
the Holocaust); secondary: Latin America
Political Background: Active since mid-1980s in antiwar
movements (Central America solidarity in
1980s-early '90s: travelled to Nicaragua with Nicaragua Network, member
of peace groups in North Carolina and Washington during that time);
active in antiwar student movement during first Gulf War, working in
national headquarters in DC; in last few years, worked with Chapel Hill
antiwar network, organizing teach-ins etc., often speaking on panels
around the state)
Also participated in various other progressive movements and campaigns
over the years: anti-apartheid and anti-racist groups (organized
anti-apartheid group while an undergrad in mid-'80s and participated
NC-wide student network at that time; helped organize
speaking tours for S. African activists in late '80s/early '90s, among
other anti-aparthied activities; also helped organize anti-Klan rallies
N.C. on three occasions in last few years)
Also: pro-choice/clinic defense (during period of 'Operation Rescue'
actions in early '90s, helped defend clinics in D.C.; more recently,
worked with UNC feminist groups to organize pro-choice teach-ins and
activites); peace & justice in Middle East/Palestine (wrote some
reports from West Bank in 2001, for example); also worked in labor unions
rank-and-file activist in variety of workplaces from 1986-1995 in North
Carolina, DC, Pittsburgh, and helped lead union-organizing drive in
garment plant in N.C.
While in Chapel Hill in recent years, I also worked in labor-solidarity
committee on campus (working with housekeepers' union).
Currently a member of DC Antiwar Network (DAWN).
Reason for Running: I suppose that my principal reason
is the outrage toward this war that I
share with most of the world's people - and a desire to help to deepen
opposition to the war here in the United States through educational
campaigns, protests, and so on. I've been politically active for many
years, and have often taken on responsibilities and leadership roles
activist organizations, so I would hope that with my experience I could
contribute to HAW's work. I would also look forward to learning from
members of the steering committee, which includes several people whose
research and writing I greatly admire.
Name: Jack L. Cross
Institution: Retired from Texas A&M in 1985
Position: Among other things, I was Director of the International Affairs
Historical Specialization: Colonial, Middle, Modern America, Tudor-Stuart
England, and Latin America--these were the fields of study for my PhD
at the University of Chicago, 1987,
Political Background: A New Deal Democrat--and we are dying out rapidly
Reason for Running: To help in any way I can to oppose the War in Iraq,
the foreign policy of the Bush administration, and to help to restore
constitutional government in these United States.
Name: Brian DâAgostino, Ph.D.
Institution: Humanities Preparatory Academy (a New York City public
Position: Teacher; United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader
Historical Specialization: Cold War belief systems; psychology of militarism
Political Background: longtime anti-militarism activist; current Consultative
Council member of The Lawyersâ Committee on Nuclear Policy; former
member of Democratic Socialists of America; current member of the Green
Reason for Running: Want to put my academic and organizational gifts
to maximum use in effecting a rapid withdrawal of the U.S. from Iraq
and long term transformation of U.S. foreign policy.
Name: Alan Dawley
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Position: Professor of History
Historical Specialization: 20th c. US, social and
political; US in world history
Race/Ethnicity: North European
Political Background: I am a long time activist
in progressive causes who got his start in the civil rights movement as
the editor of the Mississippi
Free Press. I have also been active over the years in the labor movement,
grass roots economic development, Central America solidarity, and the
anti-war movement from Vietnam to Iraq.
Reasons for Running: Having joined the Steering
Committee at its inception, I have helped draft its major statements, coordinated
brochure, "Let History Judge," petitioned the OAH for the creation
of the Committee on Academic Freedom, written and solicited articles
for the newsletter, and otherwise sought to further the goals of HAW.
I would like to see HAW reach out to international colleagues and broaden
its impact at home through wider distribution of our publications.
Name: Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg
Institution: Hofstra University
Historical Specialization: 20th Century US Foreign Policy, author of
Drawing the Line: The American Decision to Divide Germany, 1944-49
Position: Professor of History
Political Background: Antiwar activist, 1965-present. Member of Iraq
Working Group, United for Peace and Justice, Co-Chair Brooklyn Parents
Reason for running: "I am interested in encouraging historians to
engage issues of war and peace, and to give greater emphasis to America's
global role in scholarship and teaching." Rusti has been a steering
committee member since HAW's beginning and has drafted statements and
appeared on HAW panels among other activities.
Name: Rosemary Feurer
Nominator: Richard Doringo
History Instructor: The Andrews School; Cleveland State University
38643 Courtland Dr.
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Institution: Northern Illinois University
Position: Assistant Professor of History
Historical Specialization: United States Labor History
Historian of the labor movement in the United States. Direct and active participation
in union organization drives in Missouri and Illinois. Participant and leader
in local Labor Party organizations.
Reason for Nomination: Rosemary Feurer has the experience
of active involvement is many labor and social struggles. This direct participation
as well as her work in both historical
writing and documentary filmmaking has provided Prof. Feurer with an intimate
understanding of the human, social, and political issues facing American
workers. Moreover, Prof. Feurer comprehends the global economic and political
factors that contribute to these social and human rights issues in the United
States. She would be a terrific asset to build on the work that HAW has been
doing since its inception.
Name: Jerise Fogel
Institution: Marshall University
Position: Associate Professor, Classics
Historical Specialization: Ancient History (Roman Republic)
Race/Ethnicity: White (Jewish, German, Polish/Ukrainian, Italian, Scots-Irish)
Political Background: have worked on immigrant issues in NYC, attended
and organized protests on and off campus; have not worked as actual staff,
however (volunteered work)
Reason for Running: I feel very strongly that professional historians
and "culture-workers" can and should have an impact on our
regional, local and national politics. I am particularly interested in
trying to build bridges between countries, and in disseminating positive
information about alternatives to capitalism and empire, such as cooperative
economic structures. These alternatives exist, but are at present ridiculed
or ignored in much of the media. One way to stop future wars at a structural
and systemic level is simply to make our fellow citizens aware that wars
are not necessary or desirable, and that there are other ways of solving
even large, international problems--in particular economic problems,
which are at the root of every war.
As someone who is familiar with and teaches ancient history and the
writings of ancient historians, I think I could bring to the committee
an ability to reach a wider constituency, professional classicists and
their students and colleagues--and one which has sometimes been (wrongly)
assumed to be something of a conservative monolith.
Name: Marv Gettleman
Historical Specialization: I violated by grad school
not specializing: hence books on Vietnam, Central America,
the Middle East, antebellum New England, etc.
Race/Ethnicity: east coast white male
Political Background: "old new left;" active in civil
anti-Vietam War, Central American Solidarity, Middle East stuff too.
Reason for Running: I feel I can continue to work with the
HAW's active pamphlet/publication subcommittee, and also the steering
committee (but in the interest of greater racial/gender/geo
graphical diversity and youth in HAW's leadership I'd be more
than delighted to step off the SC while keeping active in the
above-mentioned HAW subcommittee)
NAME: Van Gosse
INSTITUTION: Franklin and Marshall College
HISTORICAL SPECIALIZATION: 20th Century U.S., African American
POSITION (describe what you do): Assistant Professor
POLITICAL BACKGROUND: Antiwar and electoral activism,
1969-76 (the usual); El Salvador solidarity, 1982-1995 (CISPES and related
organizations); Peace Action's Organizing
Director, 1995-2000. Active in United for Peace and Justice since its
founding, elected to Steering Committee and then Administrative Committee
representing HAW. Also a non-functioning member of the National Coordinating
Committee and the National Executive Committee of the Committees of Correspondence
for Democracy and Socialism. Member of the Editorial Collective of the
Radical History Review since 1990, chair 1994-2001.
REASON FOR RUNNING (one paragraph please): I would like
to see HAW be more connected to the larger movement, while carving out
a bigger space within history. Clearly, we have to settle
in for a prolonged war and a prolonged antiwar movement, and there is
a role for historians, especially if we can reach out and include secondary-school
teachers, and provide useful resources for grassroots activists of all
types. A national conference in fall 2005 would be an especially good
way of pulling together and enlarging our base.
Name: Nicole Kief
Nominator: Paul Buhle
Institution: George Soros Institute
Position: Staff, The After Prison Initiative
Specialization: issues of incarceration, historical approaches to political=social
issues, antiwar activism among students and public school teachers, etc.
Political background: activist Brown University, 1997-01, prison (and
antiwar) issues and constituencies
Reasons for nomination: I am placing Nicole Kief's name in nomination
because she brings us age diversity, energy and political shrewdness.
She wishes to work on antiwar issues with highshool teachers in New York
and beyond; and to coordinate our work with possibilities in and around
the Soros Institute. I cannot recommend too highly her intelllectual
and political maturity; or stress to much our need to reach out beyond
our current age-restraints. She expects to be entering graduate school
in history at a New York location in the Fall, bringing us contact with
a new generation of grad students
Name: Ann J. Lane
Institution: University of Virginia
Position: Professor of History and Studies in Women and Gender (SWAG)
Historical Specialization: 19th-20th century women and gende
Political Background: Old lefty from
Reason for Running: I like Charlottesville but the south is different
from the north. I'd like to get back into some national/academic politics
Name: Staughton Lynd
Institution: Worker's Solidarity Club of Youngstown
Historical Specialization: Period of American Revolution, history of
nonviolence, oral history and US Labor history
Position: retired (but still practicing) attorney. Author of several
books, including Lucasville.
Political Background: An unaffiliated Marxist and Quaker; Chairperson
of the first march against the Vietnam War in Washington, DC in April
1965. In December 1965, Lynd, then a professor of history at Yale, made
a controversial trip to North Vietnam with Tom Hayden and the late Herbert
Reason for running: continue work on veterans
issues; member of HAW-SC since its inception and nominated by Ben Alpers,
Van Gosse, and Carl
name: David Montgomery
institution: Yale University
position: Farnam Professor of History emeritus
historical specialization: history of working people
in the United States; comparative labor history
political background: American Veterans Committee in
1940s; active in United Electrical Workers and Machinists in 1950s;
Pittsburgh area anti-war movement and Allegheny Alliance in
1960s;New Haven area strike support and nuclear
disarmament groups1970s on
reason for running: The U.S. invasion and occupation
of Iraq has inflicted
untold carnage and social chaos on the Middle East, inspired other
countries to assert their right to wage "preventive war," made
the "peace dividend" promised by the end of the Cold War, and seriously
undermined political life, civil liberties, and economic stability here at
home. Historians have an important part to play in the popular
mobilizations necessary to halt the Bush administration's efforts to assert
U.S. mastery over the whole world.
Name:Howard N Meyer
Institution: Independent Scholar
Historical Specialization: International Law (for dummies)
Political Background:left of center
Reason for Running: To promote appreciation of value of international
as redefined by International Court of Justice
("World Court") since 1980 as a peace asset
and anti imperialist aid.
Name: Carl Mirra
Institution: SUNY College at Old Westbury
Position: Assistant Professor of American Studies
Historical Specialization: 20th Century US foreign policy and Peace
Ethnicity: white male
Political Background: Former marine who refused to fight in the first
Gulf War, worked with the War Resister's League and currently a representative
of IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and
Reason for Running: work toward ending US occupation of Iraq and on
the dangers of empire at home and abroad; continue developing conferences/pamphlets
on veteran antiwar activity.
While it is my desire to remain on the steering committee, I would be
willing to make space for new members, and continue with HAW on a subcommittee
on the above issues or helping with the publications committee, etc.
Name: Jim O'Brien
Nominator (if other than the nominee): Van Gosse
Institution: College of Public and Community Service, U. of Massachusetts-Boston
Position: half-time faculty member (formally a lecturer, I guess)
Historical Specialization: 20th-century U.S.
Race/Ethnicity: white (mostly WASP despite last name)
Political Background: was active in Students for a Democratic Society
in late '60s while at grad student at U. of Wisconsin; worked at New
England Free Press, which was a cooperative printshop and publisher of
radical pamphlets, for most of '70s; was active in Boston-area Central
America work early '80s to mid-90s; was co-editor of Radical Historians
Newsletter for over thirty years (it's currently in cryonic suspension)
and have been an Editorial Collective member of the Radical History Review
since the late '90s. I've been involved with HAW publications, such as
the torture pamphlet, and will continue to help with these projects whether
or not I'm on the Steering Committee.
Reason for Running: Van Gosse nominated me.
Name: Enrique C. Ochoa
Institution: California State University, Los Angeles
Position: Professor of History
Historical Specialization: Latin America; Mexico; Latinas/os in the U.S.; Economic and Labor
Political Background: I have been involved in community organizations
that have worked at the grassroots for social change. In particular I
have worked to facilitate dialogue between community activists and progressive
academics, coordinating several workshops and conferences that have sought
to bridge the gulf.
Reason for Running: It is important to continue and expand the work
that HAW has done given the current political reality. I want to help
develop greater participation by left historians on the west coast.
Name: Margaret Power
Illinois Institute of Technology
Associate Professor of History
Latin America - Chile & women & gender & the Right
I have been active in solidarity work: Chile solidarity; Puerto Rican
solidarity; Central American solidarity. I have also been against U.S.
intervention in Central America (the Pledge of Resistance) and now
in the Middle East (Peace Pledge Chicago). I am also active in the
Reason for Running:
I like the group and I think it is important for historians to be active and
trying to build a movement against the war.
Name: Andor Skotnes
Institution: The Sage Colleges
Ethnicity: white, South African immigrant
Historical Specialization: 20th century US social movements
Position: Associate Professor of the History of the Americas
Political Background: Involved in Western (California) support wing of
the Civil Rights Movement in 1965; involved with SDS, antiwar movement,
other movements of the 1960s and 1970s; involved in Radical History Review
Collective; Scholars Writers and Artists for Social Justice
Reason for Running: served admirably as HAW's co-chair, sees "enormous
potential to bring historians, historically oriented social scientists,
history and social studies teachers, and historically minded activists
into the new antiwar/anti-imperialist movement and to make a unique contribution
to that movement."
Name: Kathryn (Kathy) Sukites
Institution: American University, Washington DC
Position: PhD Student (working part-time on PhD / also
Historical Specialization: Journalism History/ Popular
Culture/ Working-Class History
Political Background: From writing letters to local
representatives as a child in the 1970s, to minor involvement with Young
Democrats, Peace Education groups,
and Women's Rights organizations in the 1980s, on to participation in
local Sierra Club campaigns in the 1990s, I seem to have always been
interested in political issues.
By 2000 I joined the union at my current
work-site and became a delegate to the local Washington DC Labor Council.
Working also toward my PhD
at this time, my research interests turned toward journalism history
and I also maintained an interest in current media reform issues.
Soon, I became very frustrated when examining my own background -for
I saw that I had participated with disparate groups that were each generally
working toward isolated, temporary solutions; engaged in struggles that
often had to be re-fought in various guises; not often really connecting
to activists in other fields; and not addressing the underlying political
economy that often provides a structural and ideological barrier to peace,
equality, environmentalism, media reform and labor rights. This was especially
frustrating since I was simultaneously studying the forward and backward
patterns of success and failure in movements for social justice throughout
our nation's history.
But with frustration also comes satisfaction in successful accomplishments,
knowledge of ways to end these repeated patterns, and hope that springs
from the achievements of recent broad-based progressive coalitions working
toward Global Justice. I was part of the HAW contingent at the pre-invasion
protest march at the Nation's Capitol sponsored by United for Peace and
Justice that included a diverse crowd of labor activists, women's groups,
and religious organizations; many of these activists saw their efforts
as part of a larger global struggle toward true social justice and democracy.
This pattern of course continues in current, coalition-building, anti-war
Reason for Running: I think that the most important
progressive cause in the current political climate is the anti-war movement.
Yet, this movement should include at
least these four elements: to work to end the War/Occupation of Iraq,
to strengthen public awareness of issues and events amid the limited
view provided by commercial media, to build an alternative vision of
just and humane foreign policies, and to promote domestic policies that
strengthen rather than weaken democracy and equality. I think that Historians
Against the War has a vital role in this broad-based, anti-war coalition.
As historians, we can continue to provide context and background on U.S.
policies and World History while defending academic freedom and civil
liberties. And as activists, we can help expand the movement by creating
a dialogue with both other progressives and members of the general public.
I have recently gathered information regarding foundation funding, and
will continue to pursue these efforts so that HAW may be able to finance
additional public outreach through informative articles in newspapers
throughout the country, web-based features, or conferences -finding ways
to communicate issues and policies that may be very disturbing (such
as the recent HAW reports on torture) in a way that promotes constructive
public dialogue and discussion. I hope to insure that HAW can foster
these efforts while we also maintain an active role within progressive
coalitions, and continue to provide an informative and activist agenda
within the historical profession.