David R. Chesnutt ( 1940-2014)

David Rogers Chesnutt, 74, died of throat cancer at home in Hardwick,
Vermont on December 15, 2014.

Born in Athens, AL in 1940, the son of Thomas Brice Chesnutt and Lena (Moss)
Chesnutt, he earned degrees from the University of Alabama, ’62, Auburn
University, ’67, and the University of Georgia, ’73.

Chesnutt spent 35 years as Research Professor in the History Department at
the University of South Carolina where he served as Associate Editor and
then Editor of the Papers of Henry Laurens, a 16 volume collection of the
letters of the leader of revolutionary activity in South Carolina during the
American Revolution. Laurens, a former president of the Continental
Congress, participated in the negotiations which led to the peace of Paris,
1783, which brought the war to an end. Chesnutt was one of the founding
members of the Association for Documentary Editing, in the late 1970s, and
he served as its President, 1991-1992.

In the mid 1970s, Chesnutt started to apply computers to scholarship in the
humanities when he developed the first program for creating a
back-of-the-book index. In the 1980s and 1990s he worked with a small group
of scholars from the US and Europe to develop the Text Encoding Initiative
(TEI), a protocol for publishing humanities documents on the infant World
Wide Web. His work in what is now called digital humanities culminated in
the Model Editions Partnership which demonstrated five different ways in
which fully edited documentary editions, such as the Laurens Papers, could
be served up on the Web.

For 23 years, Chesnutt served as a member of the South Carolina Historical
Records Advisory Board. In 2005, Governor Mark Sanford presented him with
the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for
extraordinary lifetime achievement and service to the state and nation.

Chesnutt owned a small desk-top publishing business which published
scholarly books, and, for more than 35 years, he edited and published
Manuscripts, the journal of the Manuscript Society.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dow, of Hardwick, VT, his son, James,
daughter-inlaw Allison Narver and granddaughter Kate, of London, England,
twin daughters, Catherine of New York City, and Elizabeth of Columbia, SC,
brothers Thomas B., of St. Petersburg, FL, and Samuel W. of St. Helena
Island, SC, sister Carol B., of Birmingham, AL, and six nieces and nephews.

He was a southern gentleman in the best sense of the word: genteel,
sympathetic, kind, generous, and wise. A memorial service will be held in
the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name should go to Hardwick
Historical Society, PO Box 177, Hardwick, Vermont 05843 or the Manuscript
Society, 14003 Rampart Ct., Baton Rouge, LA 70810, or the Association for
Documentary Editing, c/o Ondine LeBlanc, ADE Treasurer, Massachusetts
Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.

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Special issue: Radical Archives

Special issue: Radical Archives

Deadline:  April 15, 2015

“Radical archives” and “radical archiving” are concepts that continue to gain currency among archivists, artists and cultural theorists alike, but to date, discussions of “radical archives” and “radical archiving” often appear to rest on an assumed rather than articulated understanding of what these concepts mean. For this special issue of Archive Journal (scheduled for Fall 2015), we seek essays (3000 to 5000 words), reviews, and/or interviews (text, image, audio and video formats welcome) that address one or more of the following questions with the aim of bringing greater clarity to the “radical” in discussions of archives and archiving:

  • What do we mean when we talk about “radical archives” and “radical archiving”? Does the “radical” point to a specific politic, to types of content, or to a set of practices that challenge archival standards?
  • How might we define “radical content” and “radical practice” in relation to archives?
  • Are radical practices necessarily opposed to archival standards?
  • To what extent are archival standards responsive to change? Why do cultural theorists’ accounts of archives so often rest on the assumption that archives are by definition resistant to change? Is there an investment in understanding archives as sites of inflexibility and stagnation?
  • Is radical content (e.g., the archives of activist collectives, social movements, or avant-garde artists) best served by practices that eschew archival standards?  What are the short- and long-term consequences of such decisions?
  • How might community-based archives support the work of institutional collections and vice-versa?  Furthermore, what questions, anxieties and/or possibilities are opened up when we begin to think about preservation across these spaces?
  • What, in fact, do we mean by “archives”? For many outside of libraries and institutional archives, the term has come simply to mean a collection of “curated” materials. How do we talk about “radical archives” without a shared understanding of what an archive is, or of what it signifies for different types of practitioners and theorists?
  • How might the work of cultural theorists with investments in radical, activist and queer archives benefit from a deeper engagement with the practices, discourses and perspectives of working archivists, and vice versa?

Please send submissions to guest editors Lisa Darms (lisadee@nyu.edu) and Kate Eichhorn (eichhorc@newschool.edu) by April 15, 2015. Proposals should include a brief (200-word) professional biography.  An open access, peer-reviewed journal, Archive Journal seeks content that speaks to its diverse audience that includes scholars, librarians, archivists, and education technologists.

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Joseph Smith Papers Announces Launch of Newsletter and Publication of Tenth Volume

The Joseph Smith Papers Project invites you to subscribe to our forthcoming e-newsletter. In an effort to improve communication about the project, the newsletter will be released two or three times a year and will include updates, project news, short articles by volume editors, and new information gleaned from documents.

To subscribe, enter your email address here. Please feel free to share this news with colleagues who may be interested.

We are also delighted to announce the publication of out tenth volume: Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodwood, and William G. Hartley, eds. Documents, Volume 3: February 1833−March 1834. Vol. 3 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Ronald K. Esplin and Matthew J. Grow. Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2014. This volume contains minutes, revelations, letters, architectural and city plans, priesthood licenses, legal documents, and an effort to classify the scriptures by topic. Covering a time when opposition to Joseph Smith and his followers was intensifying in both Ohio and Missouri, this volume also includes documents relating to the building of temples, the establishment of the city of Zion, and the expulsion of church members from Jackson County, Missouri.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project divides documents into series, and thus far, two volumes have been published in the Journals series, three in the Revelations and Translations series, two in the Histories series, and now three in the Documents series. It is anticipated that at least ten more volumes will be produced. We are also continually adding new content, including thousands of pages of images and transcripts of documents, to our website, josephsmithpapers.org.

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Margaret Sanger Papers Moves To NYU Libraries


Volume 1 of the Selected Papers

As of October 1, 2014, Dr. Esther Katz announces that the Margaret Sanger Papers, a scholarly editing project, has joined NYU’s Division of Libraries, after a long stint at the History Department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As part of this move, the Project has new offices at 838 Broadway, Suite 504.
The Project’s editors are pleased to be a part of NYU Libraries and look forward to collaborating with Bobst Library’s Digital Studio, a leading-edge resource for faculty and student projects that promotes and supports access to digital resources for research.

About the Margaret Sanger Papers
The Margaret Sanger Papers seeks to make easily accessible the documentary history of America’s best-known birth control activist, Margaret Sanger (1879-1966). It has gathered, organized, indexed, and published the Margaret Sanger Microfilm Edition in two series. It is currently finishing work on ‘Round the World for Birth Control, 1920-1966, Volume 4 of the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, published by the University of Illinois Press. The first three volumes of the series document Sanger’s work in the United States and cover her life; this last volume focuses on an understudied aspect of her career–her work towards globalizing birth control. The Project is also completing work on the Speeches and Articles of Margaret Sanger, 1911-1960, a searchable digital edition.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Esther Katz, Editor and Director
Margaret Sanger Papers Project
NYU Division of Libraries
838 Broadway, Suite 504
New York, NY 10003-4812


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Emma Goldman: Still too hot to handle? U.C. Berkeley set to pull plug on anarchist’s archive

jweekly.com | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Emma Goldman: Still too hot to handle? U.C. Berkeley set to pull plug on
anarchist’s archive

by rebecca spence , j. correspondent

Sidebar: Anarchist, feminist, free speech champion

As U.C. Berkeley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the free speech movement this month, a long-simmering feud over funding for the Emma Goldman Papers  — an archival project dedicated to the life and work of the iconic Jewish radical and free speech advocate — is coming to a head.

jEmmaGoldmanFlatAfter 34 years of U.C. Berkeley affiliation, and more than $1.2 million of funding spread across the decades, the project could be reaching the end of the line.

The university has informed the project’s editor and director, Candace Falk, that her employment will terminate at the end of October due to lack of funding. That decision, which the university’s chancellor has deemed final, could effectively shut down the Emma Goldman Papers Project, which has been housed on or near the U.C. Berkeley campus since its inception.

“It feels like the rug is being pulled out from under us,” said Falk, who founded the project in 1980 with a grant from the National Archives. “Just as we are within a year of finishing the last volume of our series on Goldman’s American years, we’re in danger of shutting down.”

Falk, 67, has dedicated the better part of her adult life to collecting, organizing and publishing Goldman’s letters and writings, as well as trial transcripts and surveillance reports from when the Russian-born anarchist was imprisoned in 1917 for speaking out against the U.S. entry into World War I. In some ways, Falk, who was born seven years after Goldman’s death in 1940, has come to embody Goldman’s anti-authoritarian spirit, wrangling for decades with university officials over funding for the project.But despite Falk’s insistence that the project has been given short shrift, university officials argue that its funding has, in fact, been generous over the years. It’s Falk’s repeated delays in publishing her four-volume series that has stymied her, they say, not a shortage of funds on the part of the university.

Candace Falk receiving an award from the Society for American Archivists in August

Candace Falk receiving an award from the Society for American Archivists in August

“It has been a major effort and we’ve generously funded it,” said Nils Gilman, associate chancellor and the chancellor’s chief of staff. “You give people a certain amount of time to get their projects done, and then you make choices. To continue to fund this is to not fund something else.”Robert Price, the university’s associate vice chancellor for research, pointed to a 2003 status report prepared for then-chancellor Robert M. Berdahl, outlining the numerous delays in Falk’s publication schedule. “The Emma Goldman Papers Project has had difficulty meeting the publication deadlines to which it has committed itself in grant applications, publisher’s contracts and communications with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research,” the report read.

Falk attributed those delays to the detailed and painstaking nature of archival work, a revolving door of staff owing to funding difficulties, as well as two bouts with breast cancer. She noted that it took 15 years just to gather the trove of documents on Goldman — about 40,000 items, more than half of which have been put on microfilm.

Falk’s goal now, she said, is to complete the fourth and final volume of her series on Goldman’s American years (1890-1919) in time for the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. She also hopes to digitize the archive in order to make it accessible to scholars and students; to that end, the project has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the New York–based Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

Until two years ago, the project received funding from the National Archives in Washington, DC,  to the tune of about $100,000 annually. U.C. Berkeley funding began in 1988 and ended in 2003, after being extended under a previous vice chancellor. The project has also received intermittent funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A cartoon from a Yiddish newspaper in 1909. The caption reads: “Emma Goldman the noisemaker and free speech in America.”

A cartoon from a Yiddish newspaper in 1909. The caption reads: “Emma Goldman the noisemaker and free speech in America.”

But now all wells have run dry, Falk said, and she has no reliable source of funding. While she has had success raising monies from private donors, those contributions have not been enough to cover her annual costs, which total $250,000.

According to Falk, the project pays its own $1,700 monthly rent plus utilities for an office adjacent to campus, and currently has one full-time employee and two three-quarter-time employees.

Her termination would mean the university will no longer provide her with research associates or work-study students, health care benefits or accounting services. Without those services acting as an umbrella for her as she attempts to raise funds, she says she will be unable to operate.

Like Goldman, who was deported to Russia in 1919, Falk is mistrustful of authority and believes that the reasons for her funding woes are political in nature. She points to the Mark Twain Papers and Project, which is housed at U.C. Berkeley’s Bancroft Library and has its general editor’s salary paid by the university, as evidence of a double standard. “They have embraced that project, but they have not done so with the Emma Goldman Papers,” Falk said of the university. “I think there’s a fear of a woman anarchist immigrant.”

Victor Fischer, associate editor of the Mark Twain Papers and Project, said that he admired Falk’s commitment, and that he was “horrified” by the funding difficulties she has faced. Asked what he saw as the reason for the funding discrepancy between the two projects, Fischer said, “The obvious one is that Emma Goldman is a Russian Jewish anarchist and her politics don’t necessarily meet with everybody’s politics. I can’t say for sure that’s why, but for some reason, Mark Twain is a figure who has been embraced by everybody no matter what their politics.”

University officials staunchly deny Falk’s claim that her subject’s radical politics played any part in the decision to end funding for the archival project. “To say that after decades of funding, [Falk] is a victim of political discrimination strikes me as peculiar,” said Gilman, the associate chancellor. “If we were politically discriminatory, funding would have been cut a long time ago.”

Nobody doubts the value of the Emma Goldman Papers Project, including Gilman, who said that as a historian and a former student at U.C. Berkeley, he has had friends participate in it. Indeed, hundreds of university research associates have worked at the EGPP, and in many cases, their involvement has helped launch them into successful academic careers. “It’s been a great way to bring people into the process of archival management,” Gilman said.

Other repositories of Goldman’s papers can be found in Amsterdam, for example, at the International Institute of Social History, or online at the Jewish Women’s Archive digital archive. But Berkeley’s accumulation is the most comprehensive, organized collection of Goldman-related materials in the world and integrates copies of smaller private and university collections. Its roughly 40,000 documents include Goldman-related newspaper coverage, legal documents, government surveillance records, and third-party letters between Goldman’s friends and associates regarding her political activities.

Even a necklace of Goldman’s, donated by a relative in New York, is housed at the archive. Last summer, when Falk was awarded the 2014 Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award by the Society of American Archivists, she wore it to the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“The collection is unparalleled in terms of the materials it pulls together,” said Judith Rosenbaum, the executive director of the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Steven Zipperstein, the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University, who brought Falk’s publication series to Stanford University Press, also lauded the work of the EGPP.

“I don’t know of any other collection quite like it in its comprehensiveness, or in its capacity to draw on such a wide range of material to understand not only Emma Goldman’s personal and political life, but the world around her,” Zipperstein said.

Falk, who recently sent out an emergency fundraising letter to supporters and colleagues, said that she has raised enough private monies to float the archival project through December, but after that, the future remains uncertain. If the university pulls the plug, she has no Plan B for the precious materials, but says she is “forging ahead” nevertheless.

“I’ve been working on this project for 34 years,” she said. “I’m determined to finish.”

Rebecca Spence is a freelance writer currently at work on her first novel.


Anarchist, feminist, free speech champion

Emma Goldman was a Russian-born Jewish anarchist and political activist known for her militant support of women’s rights, social issues and anarchist philosophy.

Born in 1869 in Kovno, in what is now Lithuania, Goldman immigrated to New York City in 1885, where she joined the nascent anarchist movement. She was jailed several times for “inciting to riot” and distributing information about contraception, which was still illegal. In 1917, she and her longtime lover, Alexander Berkman, also an anarchist firebrand, were imprisoned for two years for encouraging draft evasion during World War I. After her release in 1919, she was deported to Russia.

Goldman continued her activism and writing in Russia, England, Canada and Spain — where she supported the anarchist forces in the 1936 Spanish Civil War. She died in Toronto in 1940.

Often reviled during her lifetime for her opposition to the existing order, Goldman gained new admirers among 1970s-era feminists. According to the Jewish Women’s Archive, which noted that her “core beliefs emerged in part from a Jewish tradition that championed the pursuit of universal justice,” Goldman was a “fiery orator and a gifted writer… a passionate advocate of freedom of expression, sexual freedom and birth control, equality and independence for women, radical education, union organization and workers’ rights” and free speech.

“Goldman’s career,” writes the JWA, “stands as an important chapter in the history of Jewish activism in America.”  — j. staff

on the cover


Emma Goldman mugshot from 1901, when she was implicated in the assassination of President William McKinley

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Press Release: Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History

Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History
P.O. Box 86, Hudson NY 12534


Hudson, New York—The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is excited to announce the opening of its office at 46 Green Street in Hudson, New York, on November 3. The Jacob Leisler Institute is a study and research center devoted to colonial New York under English rule, as well as a permanent home to the Papers of Jacob Leisler Project. At its organizing meeting recently in Albany, Dr. David William Voorhees was elected Executive Director of the Institute and Dr. Firth Haring Fabend its President.

From its inception in 1988, the Papers of Jacob Leisler Project has been housed at New York University. Its move to Hudson signals the Project’s intention to make these materials available in a centrally located place in the Hudson River Valley accessible both to scholars of early New York and to local historians seeking to study the background of their communities during what historians term the “long” eighteenth-century.

In the years spanning 1664 to the American Revolution, New York Province’s diverse European settlers and Native American and African populations were transformed by contact with each other and by the geographical, climatic, and economic conditions of the Americas into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is named for Jacob Leisler (1640–1691), whose ill-fated 1689–1691 administration of New York is the period’s focal point. Leisler’s administration colored New York Province’s political, economic, and cultural life until the outbreak of hostilities with Great Britain in the 1770s.

The Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization. As a study center, its aim is to serve scholars and students of the period as well as teaching the necessary skills in order to preserve and interpret the period’s vast manuscript and material sources. Students of all historical disciplines, including archeology, material culture, and folklore, are encouraged to use and contribute to the Institute as an educational and archival resource, as well as prepare papers, book length manuscripts, and lectures from its holdings.

Located in Hudson, New York, a small historic city in the bucolic Hudson River Valley, the Institute is easily accessible from New York City, Boston, and Albany by road and rail. Hudson, with a dynamic contemporary culture, and the surrounding countryside provide a wealth of resources relating to the period, such as the Luykas Van Alen House, the Claverack Reformed Dutch church, numerous seventeenth- and eighteenth-century architectural and archeological sites, and the extensive Van Rensselaer and Livingston manorial landholdings.

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CFP for joint ADE STS Conference

Call for Papers – the Joint Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 17-20, 2015

Program Organizers: Andrew Jewell, Amanda Gailey, Elizabeth Lorang, Kenneth M. Price

Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Jerome McGann

The Society for Textual Scholarship and Association for Documentary Editing announce a historic joint conference of the two organizations to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an international hub for digital editing. Home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and numerous print and digital editing projects, UNL is located in the capital of Nebraska and offers opportunities for exploring the history and geography of the Great Plains.

This special joint conference will bring together two organizations with a history and future of interests in studying and editing literary and historical materials. We invite proposals on any aspect of documentary editing and textual scholarship, including (but not restricted to) the discovery, editing, annotation, analysis, teaching, and publication of texts from many disciplines, including history, literature, classics, musicology, philosophy, paleography, codicology, linguistics, art history, the history of science, library and information science, film studies, gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, and more. We invite proposals from students.

Because this is a unique joint meeting of the two organizations, we are especially interested in submissions on the theme of convergences and divergences—papers that examine how different editorial theories and methodologies at times intersect and at others veer apart. What are the histories and possible futures of the two related but distinct editorial traditions of ADE and STS? We see this conference as an opportunity for reflection about editorial traditions and the prospects for textual studies and encourage proposals that explore these topics.

Submissions may take the following forms:

  1. Papers. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length, making a significant original contribution to scholarship.
  2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate with audience participation.
  3. Posters. Posters showcase projects or present focused topics in a setting that features personal interaction and informal conversation. Posters on works-in-progress are encouraged.

To propose a paper, panel, or poster, send an abstract of no more than 500 words to the program committee via the form available at http://go.unl.edu/e8x8 no later than January 30, 2015. The proposal should clearly indicate the format and whether technological support will be required. Please include the name, email address, and institutional affiliations for all participants.

Opportunity for New Editors: Institute for Editing Historical Documents

With funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the ADE offers an additional opportunity in Lincoln in conjunction with the conference: the Institute for Editing Historical Documents, to be held June 13-17 for individuals new to the practice of historical documentary editing.  Experienced documentary editors provide instruction in the principles of their field and insight into the realities of their work. For more information, contact Bob Karachuk, Education Director, Association for Documentary Editing, at ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

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Jefferson Papers Staff News

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson editorial project warmly congratulates Elaine Weber Pascu, the 2014 recipient of the ADE’s Lyman H. Butterfield Award given at the Association’s annual meeting in Louisville in July.

We also welcome two new colleagues, who join us as assistant editors:

Andrew J. B. Fagal completed his dissertation on “The Political Economy of War in the Early Republic, 1775-1821,” at Binghamton University and has had fellowships at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Hagley Museum and Library, the David Library of the American Revolution, and the William L. Clements Library. His observations on “American Arms Manufacturing and the Onset of the War of 1812” appear in the current issue of the New England Quarterly.

Merry Ellen Scofield recently defended her dissertation, “Assumptions of Authority: The White House, the City, and Capital Society, 1801-1831,” at Wayne State University. She is the author of, among other articles, “The Fatigues of His Table: Politics of Presidential Dining During the Jefferson Administration” in the Fall 2006 issue of the Journal of the Early Republic and “Celebrating Peace on the Detroit Frontier” in the 2012 collection Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812 edited by Denver Brunsman, Joel Stone, and Douglas Fisher.

Barbara Oberg retired as General Editor of the Jefferson Papers in February and was succeeded by James P. McClure, who has been with the project since 1996.

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Call for Proposals: Women of the South: Work, 1877-1920

Call for Proposals
Women of the South: Work, 1877-1920

Melissa Walker and Giselle Roberts, co-editors of the Women’s Diaries and Letters of the South series published by the University of South Carolina Press, invite proposals for the inaugural volume of a new sub-series of multi-collection documentary editions suitable for use in American history and women’s history survey courses.

Walker and Roberts will serve as volume editors of Women of the South: Work, 1877-1920, featuring  4-6 documentary accounts of women’s experiences with paid work including self-employment.

We are currently seeking proposals from potential contributing editors. Diaries, letters, oral history interviews, articles, editorials, memoirs and other firsthand accounts for the period 1877-1920 will be considered. Selections must range from 18,000 to 25,000 words. We are looking for accounts that offer diversity of race, class, geographic location, and occupation. Contributing editors will edit and annotate their nominated documentary selection and prepare a brief biographical essay on the author(s).

Proposals including a 1-2 page synopsis of the documentary collection and an explanation of its significance to the study of women’s labor history in the South, along with a 2-page CV to be submitted by October 1, 2014. Please email questions and/or proposals to both editors.

Melissa Walker, PhD
George Dean Johnson, Jr. Professor of History
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC 29302

Giselle Roberts, PhD
History Department
La Trobe University
Victoria, 3086, Australia

For information on the Women’s Diaries and Letters of the South series: www.sc.edu/uscpress/wdls.html



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Walk-in Registration Available for the 2014 ADE Career Skills Workshop on Project Management

The Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) announces that walk-in registration will be available for the 2014 ADE Career Skills Workshop on Project Management.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, 24 July, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Mezzanine Salon D at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. It is offered in conjunction with the ADE annual meeting, which will be held 24–26 July at the same venue. The workshop will be led by Steven Hoskins, longtime project director of the American Association for State and Local History’s Project Management for History Professionals Program.

What are the objectives of the workshop?

This workshop is a confidence-building, career-enhancing exercise that teaches the language, tools, and practices of project management and shows how they can be applied across the broad spectrum of responsibilities faced by documentary editing professionals. Participants will learn constructive approaches to running a project, including setting goals, streamlining workflow, evaluating progress, fostering engagement, and encouraging innovation. By mastering the methods of project management, participants will not only improve the operation of their projects but also gain a skill-set for self-improvement. The workshop teaches project management skills using interactive “real project” scenarios brought to the workshop by the participants, allowing them to learn the tools and practices of the discipline while advancing their own projects.

What will you gain from this workshop? It will prepare you to:

  • Create the fundamental documents of a well-run project—project charter, project objectives, stakeholder/responsibility list, scope document, change-management plan, project schedule, and project plan.
  • Engage with project stakeholders to build support, cooperation, and participation.
  • Streamline project processes by conducting a risk assessment and developing a risk-management plan.
  • Foster communication and accountability across project, institutional, and external boundaries.
  • Develop realistic options for project progress when faced with budgetary, institutional, or leadership constraints.
  • Improve the environment for project success by enhancing institutional culture and practices through constructive engagement.
  • Create a track record of project success that will increase personal confidence and professional opportunities.
  • Take a thoughtful and proactive approach to all you do.

What do you need to bring to the workshop?

  • A one-page description of an actual documentary editing project that is already in progress or will be soon.
  • Knowledge of the institutional and professional work environment.

For walk-in registration, please arrive at the workshop fifteen minutes early. Participation is limited to 20 people, with enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission costs $100, which is due at the time of registration and is nonrefundable. Please also bring three copies of your project description.

For more information, please email Bob Karachuk, ADE Education Director, at ade-educationdir@documentaryediting.org.

The 2014 ADE Career Skills Workshop on Project Management is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an affiliate of the National Archives.

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