Dear Friend and Colleague:
This letter invites your support and participation in “Historians Against the War’s” National Teach-In Project on Wednesday and/or Thursday, April 9/10, 2003.
“Historians Against the War” is a national network of scholars formed at the American Historical Association Meeting in January 2003 to respond to the crisis of impending war against Iraq. After this initial meeting, the organization has been increasingly active in contributing to the anti-war movement in our capacity as historians. A committee was appointed to draft the following statement, which has been circulated for other historians to sign and is posted on our official website, www.historiansagainstwar.org.
Over 1800 people have signed this petition.
Animated by these concerns, “Historians Against the War” hopes now to enlist historians at colleges and universities around the country to take part in a nation-wide teach-in on the topic: “Iraq: Anatomy of a Crisis.” Teach-ins have already been taking place on individual campuses. Panels of historians have met to speak with students and colleagues about the historical dimension of the tensions with Iraq and to prompt discussions of the issue. In calling this April 9/10 event, “Historians Against the War” seeks to merge these local actions into a coordinated, nation-wide initiative.
The national teach-in project is conceived as a way to:
We hope that you would be interested in helping to coordinate a teach-in on your campus as part of this day of nation-wide events. The format and length of your particular teach-in would be up to your own local coordinators. You may choose to feature sessions throughout the day, a brown-bag lunch panel, or a session that lasts around an hour at some point during the day or evening of April 9 and/or 10. We welcome a variety of forms that your local teach-in might take, but suggest some of the following guidelines:
We hope that individual campuses, while offering a variety of teach-in formats and historical perspectives on the crisis, will present to the nation at large a unified voice of protest by historians against the war strengthened by the particular contribution that historical analysis of world events can provide.
If you are interested in joining with this initiative and would like to be the organizer for your campus or if you have an alternative organizer in mind, please send your or their name and email address to Teach-In Project coordinator Katherine Pence of Baruch College at:
Historians Against the War Coordinating Committee