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

H-PAD Update, Occasional Newsletter, November 2022

RHR/H-PAD Sessions at 2023 American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting (January 6-9, 2023)

Staughton Lynd Remembered, by Carl Mirra (November 19, 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 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…

U.S. Foreign Policy History & Resource Guide

This open resource educational 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.

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.

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