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CFP: 2017 Conference in Reno

Click on the "Conferences" tab for information about the forty-fifth annual conference of the Western Society for French History, which will be held from November 2-4 in Reno, Nevada. The theme for this year’s conference is “Diasporas, Displacements, and Migrations.”

Endorsement of AHA Statement on Executive Order Restricting Entry to the U.S.

The American Historical Association has issued a detailed condemnation of the recent executive order restricting entry into the U.S. from seven majority Muslim nations. While the courts this past week have provided some relief in the short term, the issue remains urgent. The officers and the governing council of the Western Society for French History have agreed to endorse this statement and to share it with our membership. The statement from the AHA in part reads, "The American Historical Association strongly condemns the executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump on January 27 purportedly 'protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.' Historians look first to evidence: deaths from terrorism in the United States in the last fifteen years have come at the hands of native-born citizens and people from countries other than the seven singled out for exclusion in the order. Attention to evidence raises the question as to whether the order actually speaks to the dangers of foreign terrorism...It is more clear that the order will have a significant and detrimental impact on thousands of innocent people, whether inhabitants of refugee camps across the world who have waited months or even years for interviews scheduled in the coming month (now canceled), travelers en route to the United States with valid visas or other documentation, or other categories of residents of the United States, including many of our students and colleagues." For the full statement please see this link: AHA Statement