Announcements and Activities

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The Program Committee for the 2007 meeting of the Western History Association invites proposals for panels and papers for "Crossroads of the West: Meetings and Exchanges, Old and New." The association will gather in Oklahoma City, October 3-6, 2007, a year that marks the centennial of Oklahoma statehood. Oklahoma has long been a crossroad geographically as well as for people, commerce, and culture. The committee welcomes papers and panels that reflect the diversity in Oklahoma and the larger American West. We especially welcome papers that explore new interpretations of the western cultural experience, considering issues of ethnicity, race, gender, and the environment. Sessions may follow a traditional scholarly conference format, but we also encourage innovative sessions focusing on art, film, music, or objects of material culture. In addition, we welcome sessions on teaching western history and/or teaching the history of ethnic groups whose presence enriches the region.

Submissions may be for an entire session, a panel discussion, or an individual paper. When submitting an entire session, include an abstract that outlines the purpose of the session and designate one panelist or participant as the contact person. Each paper proposal, whether individual or part of a session, should include a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae that includes address, phone number, and email address. The committee will assume that all listed individuals have agreed to participate. Send submission materials to L. G. Moses, Department of History, LSW 501, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-3058 (mos7538@okstate.edu or lgmoses@ cox.net). Submissions should be postmarked by August 31, 2006.

The Texas Women's History Network (TWHN) is pleased to announce its first annual symposium, which will be held at Rice University in Houston on April 21, 2007. In addition to paper sessions, there will be a forum to discuss future goals and projects. We welcome anyone who is interested in historical scholarship on the topic of women in Texas and/or the Texas region or in promoting women's issues within the profession. If you would like to be placed on the TWHN mailing list, email your postal and electronic addresses to texaswomenshistorynet@yahoo.com. Please visit our web site at www .ruf.rice.edu/~twhn07.

The program committee invites individual paper proposals as well proposals for full panels. Each submission should include a one-page paper abstract and curriculum vitae and be sent to the above TWHN email address by December 15, 2006. Topics should address some aspect of women in Texas history, although tangential subjects will be considered. Graduate students and junior scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals. Student papers will be considered for the Billie Jean Williams Stuntz prize for the best paper, which carries a $100 award. Please indicate your eligibility for the student-paper prize upon submission. Selected participants will be notified by January 31, 2007, and must submit papers of 12-15 pages by March 30, 2007.

The second Virginia Forum will convene at the Library of Virginia, in Richmond, on April 13-14, 2007. The Virginia Forum offers an opportunity for exchanges of ideas among scholars, teachers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, and all those interested in Virginia history and culture. The Virginia Forum welcomes proposals for presentations on all topics in Virginia history, but the 400th anniversary year of 2007 offers a special opportunity for reconsidering large and significant themes in Virginia's history and its place in national and international history. The committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete panel sessions, panel discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and electronic presentations. Send a one-page proposal, along with a brief vita of the presenter(s), to the chair of the program committee, Dr. Larissa M. Smith, Department of History, Longwood University, at smithlm@longwood. …