Friday, May 18, 2018

History Education Hawaii, Inc., (HEH) Announces Strategic Partnership with Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd.

History Education Hawaii, Inc., (HEH) the Honolulu-based nonprofit allied council of the National Council for History Education ( announces the ground-breaking strategic partnership with Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., in China.

"History Education Hawaii's mission is a unique one, for our mission is not just to promote history education in Hawaii, but also the Asia–Pacific Rim," said HEH president and cofounder Jeffrey Bingham Mead. "This first-of-its-kind strategic partnership with a trusted, reputable Chinese institution is a win-win for all. At no previous time in history has there been a need for Americans in Chinese to understand each other's histories. Our shared goal is to enhance Chinese and American understanding and friendship through educational and cultural activities through the exchange of ideas, perspectives and experiences with a focus on historical scholarship."

"Historians, history teachers, students and history buffs in both nations can look forward to new, imaginative and innovative partnerships," Mead said.

Based in the Chinese capital, Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development, Ltd., is a public relations and communications firm focused on establishing cross-cultural relationships, programs and initiatives between Chinese and American cultural advocates and institutions. It is the title sponsor of the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show that broadcasts weekly from 1490 WGCH/, Greenwich, Connecticut USA.

"I am proud of the individuals and hard work that has gone into making this partnership possible. A rising tide lifts all ships, and we see benefits for Chinese and American historians, history educators, students and more. We look forward to expanding our outreach through online and imaginative modalities at a time of historic change in the Asia Pacific Region. With Beijing AmBridge's help we will have access to many of China's most reputable historians, history educators, schools and heritage institutions."

The mission of the National Council for History Education promotes historical literacy by encouraging and creating opportunities for teachers and students to benefit from more history, better taught. 

Founded in 2006 originally as the History Education Council of Hawaii, History Education Hawaii, Inc., is a non-partisan non-profit organization that collaborates with educational institutions and individuals focusing on the history of the State of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region, while setting a high standard of historical scholarship by encouraging the use of the latest technological innovations. 

Learn more at and HistoryEducationalHawaii.Org. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Announcement: Call for Proposals for NCHE National Conference 2019, Washington, DC: Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History

Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History

NCHE National Conference

Washington, DC
March 14-16, 2019
Fun Receptions and Interesting Enrichment Excursions to Historic Sites
More than 70 Breakout Sessions and over 30 Exhibitors

It was impossible not to feel a sense of hope as the Cold War began to thaw and the Soviet Union, under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev, embarked upon a new era of political openness and economic reform. Gorbachev represented a new path for the fledgling Russian state, one that many believed would lead to a western style democratic-capitalism. But in August of 1991, Gorbachev was placed under house arrest and his reforms were quickly done away with. In an iconic moment, Boris Yeltsin, recently elected as President of the Russian Republic, stood atop a tank outside the parliament building and urged Russians to resist the military takeover. To the surprise of many, soldiers disobeyed their orders and even joined the resistance. Individuals had taken a stand against the might of the Russian military establishment and set the country on a new course.
Over time, however, Yeltsin’s rule became increasingly autocratic. Already weak institutions began to buckle as Yeltsin issued edicts eroding the authority of the nation’s courts and legislature. As the country lurched towards authoritarianism, Yeltsin resigned and appointed Vladimir Putin as his successor. Decades later Putin remains in power and Russian democracy remains a Potemkin village. Without a robust system of institutions to serve as a check on presidential power, Russians face an illiberal democracy where the rule of law remains a hope not a reality.
It was a passionate desire to change our reality that led Rachel Carson to write on environmental issues and reframe our relationship with the natural world. An avid bird-watcher and prodigious researcher, she had grown increasingly concerned about the deleterious effects of chemical pesticides on the environment and people’s health. With the publication of her best-selling work Silent Spring in 1962, she helped stoke an environmental consciousness in many Americans and raised the ire of those who believed that pesticides would boost agricultural production and save lives. Ultimately, her work pushed the federal government to create the Environmental Protection Agency and to deliberately tackle issues of pollution and environmental degradation.   

Mohandas Gandhi’s vision of a free India came about not only through the use of mass mobilization but also from his understanding of how to challenge the authority of British institutions.  It was those same British institutions, however, that aided India during the early days of independence as India’s parliament modeled itself after British practices. When Rosa Parks exercised individual power by keeping her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in protest of segregation laws in the South, she sparked a movement backed by institutions like the NAACP and black churches.  Just as individuals can shape history, institutions can serve as the catalysts for change or prove to be obstacles to human freedom. How individuals and institutions exercise power and towards what end is an important question that speaks to our values and the nature of human community.
The National Council for History Education invites proposals on the theme “Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History” for the 2019 National Conference.  All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their intellectual content, their ability to engage the audience, and their overall contribution to the teaching of history. 

Breakout sessions:  These teacher workshops are typically interactive “how to” sessions designed for the K-12 educator and are 50 minutes in length.
Mini Sessions: Mini Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports. Presenters have 15 minutes to present information and answer questions. Each mini session typically includes 3 separate 15 minute presentations in the same room within a 50 minute time period.

Poster Session: Poster Session topics range from teaching ideas to research reports. Poster presenters display their information visually (ex. poster/display board) on a six foot table and interact with interested attendees during the 50-minute session. Presenters remain with their posters. The poster session period may include 8-15 simultaneous presenters.