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.


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New: H-PAD  Update

H-Pad has renewed our Virtual Speakers Program (VSL) for 2021-2022

H-PAD Steering Committee Newsletter #10, July 21, 2021 (also available as a pdf for downloading and/or printing)

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 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 essays are” The U.S. and World War II,” “Africa and the War on Terror,” and “Introduction: The Fifth Estate.”  Excellent for online coursework.  For more information, see this HPAD announcement (blog).

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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