Current activities

“I won’t let Florida’s ‘Stop WOKE Act’ silence discussions on race in my classroom!”


Fighting the Right: Lessons from Florida!


An online forum from the frontlines with 

Paul Ortiz, historian and president, United Faculty of Florida, UF, and 


Paul Ortiz

Sharon D. Wright Austin


Sharon D. Wright Austin, political scientist, University of Florida


Moderated by Sarah Sklaw, Historians for Peace and Democracy


Tuesday, April 11, 7 pm-8pm EDT

Click here to register to attend


Sponsored by Historians for Peace and Democracy, cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action

What’s happening in Florida today will happen in all of the US tomorrow . . . or sooner!

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Here is a link to the recording of the forum.

Please join H-PAD’s new project the Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights, a nonpartisan national effort to enlist faculty at all levels as public allies to students seeking to vote.  Please read our “Open Letter to College and University Faculty” explaining why this network is urgently needed to challenge voter suppression amid the new crisis of COVID-19. Well over 100 academics in 21 states have now taken our Pledge for Student Voting Rights.

H-PAD at the AHA

Podcasts of our panel “Two More Years of Trump: What Is to Be Done?” from the H-PAD Panel at the 2019 American Historical Association are now available.

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H-PAD Steering Committee Newsletters – Updates:

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Jesse Lemisch, 1936-2018

Jessie Lemisch, 1936-2018
Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) was among the sponsors of a memorial service for historian Jesse Lemisch on December 6, 2018.  Jesse passed away on August 24.  He was a co-founder of our predecessor, Historians Against the War, in 2003.  The memorial service was held at New York University’s Tamiment Library.  The organizers of the memorial have compiled a list of Jesse’s writings, with links to materials that are available on-line.

Threats To Democracy and Dangers of War

In April 2017, the Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD)  initiated a year-long national campaign to engage students, faculty, and members of the broader community in discussions about different forms of authoritarian and anti-democratic governance especially in relation to war and militarism.  The campaign generated a number of campus and community-based educational events, the development of a national speakers bureau, and the publication of a hard-hitting series of “Broadsides for the Trump Era” focusing on the history of repression and resistance in modern America.
In the fall of 2018, H-PAD sent out seven “Voting Rights Alerts,” focusing especially on campuses (see blog posts), to help prepare for the midterm elections on November 6.

Vietnam War commemoration

The Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee (VPCC) is looking to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the national mobilizations in 1969 and invites representatives of organizations and others to consider plans for this important anniversary in the history of the peace movement. Contact Terry Provance through the VPCC website email:
H-PAD joined with the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee (VPCC) and the Veterans for Peace is cosponsoring and publicizing events and conferences related to the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre in March 1968. The VPCC is challenging the Pentagon’s mandate to present the history of the Vietnam War to the public. Contributing to this effort is peace history website essay on the Vietnam War and the antiwar movement. Two H-PAD Steering Committee members, Ellen Schrecker and James Swarts, traveled to Vietnam with a Veterans for Peace delegation and attended the Memorial Observation in My Lai on March 16. (See March 2018 blog posts.)

Korea Peace Campaign

In early 2018, H-PAD joined a large coalition of national peace and justice organizations in calling for a multi-faceted campaign of teach-ins, forums, debates, round-tables, film showings, and political actions — on campus and in the community — to raise consciousness about the danger of war and the options for peace in Korea.  A separate speakers bureau was enlisted for this purpose.

General David Petraeus – featured speaker at diplomatic historians meeting

In May 2018, H-PAD assisted in the distribution of a letter protesting the selection of U.S. Army General David Petraeus as keynote speaker at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) conference in June.  Initiated by New York University professor Hannah Gurman, the latter garnered 277 signatures from scholars.  The letter did not question the general’s right to speak but challenged the special honor accorded him, especially in light of his claims to “success” in the counterinsurgency wars he led in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Among the notable historians signing the letter were Andrew Bacevich, Greg Grandin, Alfred McCoy, Lloyd Gardner, Carol Anderson, and Christian Appy.   See The Nation article, July 5, 2018.