The mission of Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) is to stand up for peace and diplomacy internationally, and for democracy and human rights at home. To these ends, we are dedicated to fostering education on campuses and in communities, encouraging activism, and facilitating networking with organizations working for peace and justice.

H-PAD Update

Defuse Nuclear WarWe’ll hear presentations from a wide range of speakers including Hanieh Jodat Barnes, Medea Benjamin, Jerry Brown, Leslie Cagan, Mandy Carter, Emma Claire Foley, Pastor Michael McBride, Khury Petersen-Smith, David Swanson, Katrina vanden Heuvel and India Walton. Director/producer Jeff Daniels will speak and present excerpts from his documentary Television Event about huge impacts of the 1983 TV film The Day After. We will also see the world premiere of a video featuring Daniel Ellsberg on “defusing the threat of nuclear war,” produced by Oscar-nominated director Judith Ehrlich. See DefuseNuclearWar.org.

Solitary But Not Alone: From Incarceration to Abolition is a webinar discussion of Albert Woodfox’s Solitary with Albert Woodfox, Alice Kim, and Margaret Power. The webinar was on Thursday, May 19th at 5:30pm CT and was hosted by Scholars for Social Justice and Historians for Peace and Democracy.

A National Teach-In: Doing History Right (March 25, 2022)

Statement on the Ukraine War (March 15, 2022)


H-PAD has enthusiastically signed on to the campaign against what PEN calls educational gag orders– i.e. all the state laws banning the teaching about race, sexuality, and historical truth. Read more…

American democracy is under attack as never before – and educators at every level are on the front lines of the new culture wars.

Articles, Documents, Statements on Opposition to the Right-Wing Culture Wars

H-PAD Steering Committee Newsletter #11, January 18, 2022 (also available as a pdf for downloading and/or printing)


View the video of the webinar.

H-PAD Virtual Speakers Program

Over thirty-five speakers are available to address local audiences via Zoom without honoraria on a variety of important historical and political topics!

The Virtual Speakers Program (VSP) is a new H-PAD initiative which draws on our past experiences with speakers lists, but which now incorporates the technological opportunities provided by video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype.  The purpose of VSP is to enable local campus or community H-PAD supporters to schedule, without honoraria, presentations by professional historians, independent scholars, and activists in topic areas that are politically, historically, and intellectually important in the current context.  We suggest that virtual speakers might be booked, for example, for regular class meetings in courses, during regular meeting slots of community groupings, or for specially arranged events.  Read more…

This open resource history website, sponsored by H-PAD and the Peace History Society, continues to build a solid foundation for critical thinking on U.S. foreign policy.  Written for students and the general public, the latest essay is most relevant to our current state of affairs:  “Afghanistan, Iraq, and the ‘war on terror.’”  Please share this educational resource with colleagues and friends.  To learn more about the philosophical approach of this unique website and check out other essays (going back to the War of 1812), see the home page and this HPAD announcement.

Other H-PAD activities

Check out Jim O’Brien’s biweekly selection of insightful news and journal articles in the H-PAD Announcements (blog) section.
Podcasts of our H-PAD panel “Two More Years of Trump: What Is to Be Done?” at the 2019 American Historical Association are now available.
In the fall of 2018, H-PAD sent out seven “Voting Rights Alerts” to help prepare for the midterm elections on November 6, and advocate for students’ right to vote.  For continuing work, see Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights.

H-PAD members have discussed developing a Public History Campaign that would create webinars, videos, and podcasts for wide distribution, expand our social media presence, promote H-PAD speakers, literature, and resources, and network with other organizations and institutes.  If interested in contributing to this project or becoming a campus or community contact, please sign up here.

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