Our mission 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.
“Liberating History” video series
H-PAD is very excited to announce a series of short videos, titled Liberating History. New episodes will be posted on this page when they’re ready.
Episode 1: “Trump Administration Policy in the Middle East: A Cruel Continuity.” Watch historian Irene Gendzier explain the historical roots of Trump’s policies toward Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestine, and the rest of the region.
Episode 2: “The Structure of Punishment: Crack and the Rise of Mass Incarceration.” Historian Donna Murch traces the historical origins of the U.S. “war on drugs” and the system of mass incarceration that accompanies it, focusing on the racist and hypocritical policing of Black crack cocaine users.
Waging Peace in Vietnam: A Story We Need to Tell
Second, led by Andor Skotnes and in alliance with Radical History Review, we are organizing a full slate of panels for the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York in January 2020, including:
- Asia Pivots: Past and Present
- The Koch Network & Democracy: Disrupting Today’s Academic Capture
- A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment
- 50th Anniversary: Cambodia and the Campuses, Lessons Learned and Unlearned
- Historians and the Current Crisis: Strategy Meeting
- Organizing Students to Vote: History and Best Practices
- Historians Respond to Extreme Right Governments Around the World
- Revolutionary Positions: Global Legacies of Gender and Sexuality in the Cuban Revolution
- Roundtable of /RHR/ Issue Editors on the State of Radical History
Other H-PAD activities
H-PAD is developing a Public History Campaign, finding ways to agitate for peace and justice with useful, accessible, accurate materials. Our Public History campaign has three components:
- Investing in a much larger social media presence, including webinars, videos, and podcasts;
- Producing many more “Broadsides for the Trump Era” and distributing them widely, via web ads;
- Building partnerships with progressive and left organizations and publications to distribute our public, political, and popular history.
See the blog.