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UCL Americas Tony McCulloch re-elected as President of British Association of Canadian Studies (BACS)

We are pleased to announce that our colleague Dr Tony McCulloch has been re-elected as President of the British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) at its recent annual conference held at the British Library. This follows two years in the post and means that he will now serve for a further year. 2017 will be an especially important year for BACS and Canadianists generally as it marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian Confederation on 1 July 1867 – generally regarded as the birth of modern Canada.
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Published: May 24, 2016 11:12:33 AM

JOB: Postgraduate/Undergraduate Programmes Officer at UCL Americas

The UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is seeking to appoint an excellent administrator to the post of Postgraduate/Undergraduate Programmes Officer. This post would provide an opportunity for a proactive individual interested in developing a career in education administration. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The postholder will have joint day-to-day responsibility for the efficient administration of the Institute’s range of taught Master’s programmes and Research Degree. Additionally, the postholder will have responsibility for completing administrative processes and setting up new ones in preparation for the launch of the Institute’s first Undergraduate degree programme. More...

Published: May 10, 2016 12:32:51 PM

IHR lecture series named after UCL Americas Iwan Morgan

We would like to congratulate our colleague Professor Iwan Morgan on having a prize and an annual lecture named after him, in recognition of his contribution over many years to the study of US history in London.
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Published: May 6, 2016 4:13:37 PM

UCL Americas Nick Witham Awarded Book Prize

Dr Nick Witham’s book The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: US Protest and Central American Revolution has been awarded the Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize at the 2016 British Association for American Studies conference. The prize is awarded to the best first book on any American Studies topic published in the preceding calendar year. More...

Published: Apr 11, 2016 1:59:28 PM

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) now live

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) launched on 4 April and will run until 17 June. This is the first time that UCL will be participating in the PTES and it is the only survey at UCL dedicated to seeking feedback from postgraduate taught students. All eligible students have now receive an email with a link to the online survey, please check your inbox. More...

Published: Apr 8, 2016 2:35:11 PM

Strengthening Human Rights Impact through Scholarly Research

The Inter-American Human Rights Network (IAHRN), a research project funded by The Leverhulme Trust and hosted by UCL Institute of the Americas, will hold a discussion forum in Washington which aims to bring scholars together with practitioners and officials at the Inter-American Human Rights System. This event is  More...

Published: Apr 7, 2016 2:18:44 PM

UCL Americas Nick Witham awarded British Academy Research Grant

Dr Nick Witham's research project on American historical writing since the Second World War has recently been awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant to fund research at Duke, Harvard, and Stanford universities. At the heart of the project is an exploration of the authorship and reception of significant and widely read popular histories published between the 1940s and the 1990s by American historians Daniel Boorstin, John Hope Franklin, Richard Hofstadter, Gerda Lerner and Howard Zinn. In highlighting the distinct contexts in which this public-facing scholarship was able to flourish, the project sheds light on the historical profession’s influence on the battles between cultural liberalism and social conservatism that have shaped post-war America. It consequently furthers our understanding of the public functions of humanities scholarship in an era when demands are regularly made for 'impact' on society outside of the academy. More...

Published: Mar 18, 2016 12:40:56 PM