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  1. List is up! http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_084507
  2. Why haven't you looked on Facebook? There are groups set up to connect people needing apartments or subleases in just about every city in the US.
  3. Nope. Now I'm a little antsy about when they'll release the Awardees and Honorable Mention lists.
  4. French was the lingua franca for much of European history. France was also Russia's ally off and on throughout the 19th century. German rose in prominence when so many German princes and princesses married into European royal houses--and remember, not only was Peter the Great's heir a Prussian, but the heir's wife, Catherine the Great, was of German background. And most of the Czars wives were German princesses/archduchesses.
  5. Oh Lord. Not again... Are you mods/veterans this combative in other subforums? Or does the history field attract posturing and d*ck measuring? I've gotten a number of PMs from people in other fields who are appalled by the 0-100 aggressiveness in this year's threads.
  6. I admit to being nervous about befriending my cohort. Mainly because the whole academia thing is brand new to me and I wonder how to connect with people who've known--and worked towards--this goal at the "proper" ages (e.g. undergrad 18-21; Master's or straight to Ph.D at 22-25). Half of the time while reading articles on Chronicle Vitae or Inside Higher Ed or whatever, I'm blinking in bemused confusion because I just don't see the anxieties and drama as that big of a deal! So then I worry that my learning curve--and my existing alt-ac career--will make me come across as not fitting into the culture.
  7. There really aren't any rankings for public history programs because there are so few of them around (and I mean Public History MA [and Ph.D], not a certificate or concentration or coursework). The common rule of thumb is to go to school where you want to work; however, the field is extremely competitive and everyone wants to attend school and work in NYC, Boston, DC, LA, etc. What do you want to do exactly in public history? Its broadness in scope is exciting, but it can also obscure the realities of the job market. In general: Curators and conservators need Ph.Ds. Archivists need an MLIS/MLS (sometimes you can get a position with a History degree+lots of experience). Historic preservationists need an MA in HP (usually found in architecture departments). Registrars and collections managers need at least an MA plus experience. Well paid, full-time museum work is incredibly difficult to come by, and you'll often have to work multiple part-time jobs, or work at a museum in the middle of nowhere with a tiny or non-existent budget. The gov't is the biggest employer of public historians (Smithsonian, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, etc), but getting in takes patience and serious networking--and who knows if anyone will be hired on for the foreseeable future. If you're still getting your feet wet in the field, I would say the best places to apply to in the US are: UMass Amherst, NC State, Middle Tennessee State, Brown (Public Humanities), Rutgers-Newark (American Studies w/Public Humanities track), and UC Riverside. https://www.umass.edu/history/public-history https://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/graduate-program-american-studies/ma-program https://history.ncsu.edu/grad/ph_ma.php https://www.brown.edu/academics/public-humanities/ http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/public-history-ma/ http://www.history.ucr.edu/Public_History/ma.html
  8. @emhafe eh, I believe that attending the annual NCPH conference, being a member of NCPH, and connecting with public historians on social media is sufficient for networking if you attend a regular history MA program (Also, I think getting a regular history degree+specializing in pubhist helps to stop pubhist from being "ghettoized" by the overall history profession. And if you want to work in a specific area--such as Native American institutions--it helps tremendously to be trained as an historian of that area). I have a public history degree and currently work in a museum. I get blank looks from past and current employers/coworkers when I say "I am a public historian"--when I fudge a little and say museum studies or history degree, they don't look confused. Lol. But I think a sticky for public history would be a good thing. It's a great field, but one that often garners some misconceptions.
  9. Yep. I'm in the field, and a number of Americans and Canadians who got their museum studies or public history MAs abroad said the degree was practically meaningless when they came back to North America. I personally advise you to go for a regular history MA and work/intern while in school. My classes gave me the terminology and best practices for working in public history, but based on my experience--pub hist work is 90% about relationships with coworkers, the public, boards of directors, funding entities, and docents, and 10% what you learn from books.
  10. Unless you plan to work in the UK, there's no point in getting a public history degree overseas. When you graduate and return to the US, you will have left your networking connections in another country. Also, with the uncertainty created by Brexit, it might be difficult to get hired for internships.
  11. Turn it down. You sound like you are more tied to your job and your gf than this Fulbright.
  12. I was accepted, and despite loving the faculty, the campus, and the program, I was not--LOL--anticipating the strong focus on rhetoric and composition (I come from a general humanities background, not English). About half of the faculty are rhet/comp, and English Ph.D students teach it and run the writing center.
  13. I'm still finishing up coursework and writing a thesis, so that--as well as work--has been filling my mind. I was planning on continuing to work, or find an internship in my field, but I would really prefer to spend a summer sans struggle for the first time in three years.
  14. Just throwing this out there: "white" is a race too. And the South (or any geographical area in the US, period) is not solely defined--or shaped--by a black/white racial binary.