In an age where the issues of immigration and migration are forcing nations, for better
or for worse, to review past policies and make new decisions impacting their own
nations and the larger, global community, the New England Historical Association would
like to challenge the academic community to “Put History to Work” to quote John Dichtl,
Executive Director of the National Council on Public History, by addressing the issue of
Immigration / Migration through the lens of the many areas within the discipline of
History. From Germany to Arizona to France, Italy, and throughout the world, the issue
of what to do about immigration and new migration trends is consuming the people of
the world. From the perspectives of the Middles Ages, Renaissance, Asian History,
European, the Far East, American History, etc., what are the lessons that history has to
teach us about Immigration / Migration that can be applied to the present day?
NEHA would like those interested professors, graduate students and other academics to
develop a 3-5 page paper that deals with the issues of Immigration / Migration from a
historical perspective and apply it to todayʼs heated, international discussion. All these
papers will be placed on-line on the new NEHA web site where comments will be
welcomed. The writers of the four most interesting and provocative papers will be
asked to participate in the Plenary Panel for the New England Historical Associationʼs
Spring Conference on April 16 at Worcester State University.
Please send you papers via email to Ranger Chuck Arning, Chuck_Arning@nps.gov .
The papers will be promptly posted on the NEHA web site.
If you have any questions, please contact Chuck at (401) 762-0440 x37 or via
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