NCIS Nominating Committee Seeks Nominations for the Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for Board candidates. Our Bylaws state:
“Candidates shall be selected by a Nominating Committee from a pool of NCIS Members by operation of one of the following:
a) proposed by members of the Nominating Committee
b) self-proposed
c) proposed by other NCIS Members.”
We have several open seats on the Board for appointment and one seat for election in November. You may volunteer yourself, and/or you may propose another NCIS Member. Please check first with the persons you want to nominate that they are wiling to have their names put forward. Nominees will be contacted personally and we will explain the nomination process and discuss what Board service entails.
Please respond to:
Janet Wasserman
Chair, Nominating Committee
Secretary, NCIS

Event: San Diego Independent Scholars

"SPACE, TIME, and ENVIRONMENTALISM IN SAN DIEGO: Corporate-Backed Sprawl and the Rise of Environmental and Taxpayer Politics, 1968-1973"
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Free Parking in the Gilman Parking Structure)
Andrew Wiese, professor of history at San Diego State University, will discuss the local impact of changes in US real estate development during the 1960s and early 1970s which were a catalyst for popular environmentalism.
New flows of capital between builders and investors, including direct investment by Fortune 500 companies and the growth of the first nationwide home-building firms, produced a historic peak in US construction between 1969 and 1973.  The speaker will describe a case study of San Diego which indicates that these changes played a key role in the era's burst of environmental reform.  It also reveals an entangled history of environmental and taxpayer politics rooted in the spatial and financial changes of accelerated real estate development.  Locally, the corporate real estate boom brought together environmental concerns and taxpayer anxieties to produce a right-leaning environmental backlash that would have long influence in the city.
Wiese, a specialist in American urban history, is the author of "Places of Their Own: African-American Suburbanization in the 20th Century" (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and co-editor of "The Suburb Reader",  (Routledge, 2006), which is a history of suburbia.  He has served on  the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association and the Society for the American City.

Call for Images

We are currently redesigning the NCIS website and would like to invite members to submit images to be featured on the website's future Home page.  In this way we hope to further promote the work of NCIS members.  Such illustrations may include copyright-free images related to your research, images of your publications, and photos from conferences and other speaking engagements.  These images may then be linked to your NCIS web page (public profile).  

Please submit only high-resolution (300 dpi) JPEG images in an email attachment to

New Appointments - NCIS Board of Directors

As of this fall, we are pleased to announce the appointment of four members to the NCIS Board of Directors. Following two unexpected vacancies, the Board has voted unanimously in favor of electing, Mary Zimmer, Ruth Feiertag, Susan Breitzer, and Gary Herstein:  We send our warmest welcome and look forward to working with them. 

Two NCIS Calls for Panelists - AHA 2015 Annual Meeting

Call for Panelists: Roundtable—Practicing History Independently: From Surviving to Thriving.

The corporatization of the university and the recent economic recession have both made the equation of practicing history and holding a tenured or at least tenuretrack position in history increasingly tenuous. Although professional organizations in the field, most notably the American Historical Association, have become increasingly sensitive to this reality, the burden of gaining and maintaining legitimacy has remained largely on the shoulders of independent scholars themselves, who too often have worked in isolation with little support or community.  

National Coalition of Independent Scholars, a new affiliate of the AHA, therefore, would like to propose a roundtable that could address at least some of the following issues: 1. By what ways can unaffiliated/marginally affiliated scholars seek equivalent career status with the familiar academic ranks? 3. How can professional organizations, large and small help aid and building this recognition that can in turn lead to more equitable treatment within said organizations? 3. How can independent scholars seeking to return to traditional employment “keep current” and otherwise help themselves? 4. How can the NCIS become a more effective voice and advocate for independent scholars in the history profession? If you would have ideas for a paper/presentation or panel, please contact Susan Breitzer at


Call for Panelists: Independent Scholars and Independent Scholarship in History

NCIS would also like to propose a more traditional session that explores and highlights the role of independent scholars in ages prior to when professional intellectual and scholarly activity became the almost exclusive province of universities. Although this panel is fairly broad in scope (and therefore may become more than one panel), we would especially be seeking papers that focus on European and U.S. History, though proposals from other geographical regions are also welcome. Chronologically, the focus would be from the Middle Ages to the midTwentieth century, though earlier examples. 

Possible topics could include the following:

Sponsorship and Scholarship: The Role of Church and Crown in Creating Intellectuals; 

Beyond Class: Public Intellectuals as Movers and Shakers;

Before University Research Labs: Reexamining Independent Scholarship in the Sciences.

If you have ideas for a paper/presentation or panel, please contact Susan Breitzer at

Proquest/RSAP Essay Prize: best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar

Proquest and the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announce the 5th annual $1000 article prize.

The prize will be awarded for the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in a peer-reviewed academic journal with a publication date during 2013. Two runners up will receive $500 each. Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.

The fifth annual ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2014. The winner and two runners up will be notified by the end of January 2014. They will be featured as panelists on an RSAP-sponsored distinguished papers panel at ALA, and will receive their awards at a reception hosted by the organization.

Applicants are invited to submit electronic copies of their articles with a contest registration form for download here. Please send the article and registration form to the committee’s chair, Bill Hardwig at whardwig [at] Documents should be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

All copies must be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title.

Deadline: December 13, 2013

Questions & Submissions? Contact Prize Committee Chair, Bill Hardwig, at whardwig [at]


Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws


GENERAL. The Communications Officer manages the NCIS website, social media presence and content, and other print and digital communications.

Election and Term of Office of the Communications Officer.
1. The Communications Officer shall be elected by the Regular Members of NCIS by electronic ballot and shall serve for a term of two years. A majority of Regular members voting is required to elect. A Communications Officer shall not serve more than two consecutive elected terms.
2. Duties and Functions of the Communications Officer.
a. The Communications Officer manages the NCIS website and its social media presence, with input from the Communications Committee and the Board; manages internal communications with the members through the listserv and other media in coordination with the Membership Chair; and, helps in developing goals and strategies for the NCIS website. Some social media implementation responsibilities may be shared with a designated Board or Communications Committee member or members.
b. The Communications Officer coordinates with the Communications Committee which s/he chairs and liaises with vendors to ensure up-to-date content, architecture and website design as necessary or required.
c. The Communications Officer coordinates with the editor of TISQ in maintaining the journal online in all its digital publication aspects.

[addition to GENERAL section]

Any applicant for a grant disbursed and/or administered by NCIS must be a member in good standing at the time of application. The applicant must indicate this membership either on the application form or in the applicant's letter. The awardee must remain an NCIS member in good standing until (1) all funds have been disbursed, (2) the awardee has completed and verified the completion of the grant by documenting all research and resulting publication(s), and (3) all final and/or required reports have been duly completed by NCIS and/or the awardee.

Membership Renewals

Renewing your membership online is easy.  
1. Login to your account with your username and password:  
Be sure to login with the same email address you originally used to register your account.
If you've forgotten your username or password, email

2. Once you are logged in, go to and select "Renew."  Complete your payment information.
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Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery present a symposium on yoga and visual culture, November 21-23, 2013:

Explore yoga’s histories, meanings, transformations, and practices through the lens of visual culture at this public symposium. Twenty years ago, yoga was largely understood as a monolithic and unchanging tradition. While today we have a far richer understanding of yoga’s historical transformations and trans-sectarian manifestations, visual culture—ranging from sectarian, court, and popular imagery to architecture and photography—remains its least-explored archival resource.
Over a three-day period, seventeen scholars from a range of disciplines will present new research on diverse aspects of yoga’s visual culture. Six symposium sessions are organized around topics such as "Yoga and Place" and "Yoga and Print Culture." Individual paper presentations will alternate with discussions and time to explore the landmark Sackler exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation.
Free and open to the public.
Due to the high number of attendees expected at this event, pre-registration is required.

Update on Purchasing Medical Insurance

Adapted from a message from the College Art Association

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), signed into law in March 2010, includes comprehensive reform that is designed to provide affordable health coverage for all individuals. The average premium for individuals who purchase coverage directly today (i.e., they do not receive coverage through their employer) is expected to decline significantly.
Individuals can purchase medical insurance on or after January 1, 2014 without regard to health status and/or limitations because of preexisting conditions or impairment. Purchases for health coverage may be made through the Health Insurance Marketplace, state insurance exchanges, or the federal insurance exchange. Open enrollment for the exchanges starts on October 1, 2013, and ends on March 31, 2014.
Information on insurance plans state-by-state and how the insurance exchanges will work may be obtained at or by calling 800-318-2596, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week...Read more
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