Osgood- My students war-gamed a "Trump gets COVID" scenario — in March. It didn't end well

I wasn't trying to make a prediction, but seven months ago I presented my students with a hypothetical that just might come to pass. Imagine this, I asked:  

President Trump ends up in Walter Reed Medical Center, incapacitated by coronavirus. His cabinet invokes the 25th Amendment, thereby transferring all powers and duties of the presidency to the vice president. What should the new Acting President Mike Pence do? 

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[Job] Fresno State, Asian History - Assistant Professor

Asian History - Assistant Professor

Apply nowJob no: 497814
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Faculty - Social Sciences, Probationary, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

NARA Social Media Strategy FY 2021-2025

Five-Year Social Media Strategy Released

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[Zoom] Seminars on On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century

On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century:

The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) Digital Archive and Related Online Resources

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[Event] WHS with G. John Ikenberry on A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order

Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with G. John Ikenberry on A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order

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Invitation to join October 23 meeting with new SHAFR Task Force on Advocacy

Subject Line: Invitation to join October 23 meeting with new SHAFR Task Force on Advocacy

Dear Members of SHAFR:

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[Event] NHC Webinar with Martin Sherwin

Politics and Prose Webinar on Martin Sherwin's book Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962

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[Event] On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century: The National Archives, the UK Government Archive

On-Line Global Research Tactics for the Twenty-First Century:

The National Archives, the UK Government Archive 

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[Event] Miller Center- "The presidency and endless war"

UVA | Miller Center

The presidency and endless war
William Antholis, Gina Bennett, Ashley Deeks, Eric Edelman, Seth G. Jones, Carter Malkasian , Stephen D. Mull, Aaron O’Connell, Anne Patterson, William B. Quandt, Marc Selverstone, Allan C. Stam, Stephen Wertheim, Katie Bo Williams, Brantly Womack, Philip Zelikow, Rebecca Zimmerman

Thursday, October 01, 2020
9:00AM - 1:00PM (EDT)

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Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Grants



The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) will be accepting Letters of Inquiry for Event Grants from September 15, 2020 to November 15, 2020.

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[WHS] JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

Please join us for a Washington History Seminar Panel with Frederik Logevall on JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

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[Job] Duke University-Endowed Chair in Modern Diplomatic History

Duke University
Endowed Chair Full Professorship in Modern Diplomatic History

Endowed Chair in Modern Diplomatic or Military History: Duke University. The Sanford School of Public Policy invites applications for the inaugural Bruce Kuniholm Chair in History and Public Policy. This search is for an outstanding senior scholar in the field of modern diplomatic or military history whose work engages contemporary policy questions, who will help build additional connections between Sanford and the History Department, and who could help build the school’s programs in national security.

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Clements Center Announces 2020-2021 Predoctoral and Postdoctral Fellows and New Staff

The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin welcomes its 2020-21 class of pre and postdoctoral fellows. Peter Slezkine of Columbia University and Theo Milonopoulos of Columbia University are this year’s predoctoral fellows. Jaehan Park of Johns Hopkins SAIS is an America in the World predoctoral fellow who will remain in residence with us at the Clements Center. Dr. Emily Whalen (University of Texas) and Dr. Max von Bargen (Ohio State University) are this year’s postdoctoral fellows while 2019-2020 postdoctoral fellow Dr. deRasimes Combes (American University) has extended her fellowship through December. The Clements Center also welcomes Eli Lake to the team as our National Security Journalism Fellow.


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[WHS] Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography

Please join us for the W.R. Louis Washington History Seminar Panel with Thomas A. Schwartz on Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography

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SHAFR 2021 Call for Papers

The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) invites proposals for its first-ever “hybrid” annual conference. 

In June 2020, SHAFR Council decided that next year’s meeting would operate both onsite and online.  The onsite conference will be smaller—recognizing the contingencies of the current public health situation—but registrants will be able to access and participate in the conference from offsite locations.  The resulting event will be both local and delocalized, synchronous and asynchronous.

SHAFR Announces Winners of Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize

The Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize Committee—Tehila Sasson, Daniel Bessner and Melani McAlister—is pleased to announce that Bathsheba Demuth (Brown University) is this year’s recipient of the Bernath Article Prize. Demuth's article, entitled “The Walrus and the Bureaucrat: Energy, Ecology, and Making the State in the Russian and American Arctic, 1870–1950,” appeared in the April 2019 issue of the American Historical Review. This deeply researched and creatively conceived article uses the case of the Pacific walrus to argue that in the first half of the twentieth century, the environmental conditions of the Bering Strait challenged both the American and Russian states. Demuth follows the story of how the opposed ideological projects of the two countries--one devoted to free markets and the other to communal labor—both aimed to increase production and, in doing so, to make capitalist citizens of indigenous Alaskan Yupik and Inupiat and to make communist citizens of indigenous Chukotkan Chukchi and Yupik. In making this comparison, Demuth utilizes an expansive source base to denaturalize the story of American exceptionalism. Her article offers novel contributions to the history of capitalism, indigenous history, and the Cold War. Her work also pushes historians of U.S. foreign relations to attend to the role animals and the natural environment play in international affairs as well as what it means to write the history of U.S. foreign relations from borderlands.

In addition, the Stuart L. Bernath Scholarly Article Prize Committee makes two honorable mentions. The first honorable mention goes to Simon Toner’s article “‘The Paradise of the Latrine’: American Toilet-Building and the Continuities of Colonial and Postcolonial Development,” published in 2019 in Modern American History. Toner’s fascinating and innovative article traces the story of a counter-insurgency, development project in South Vietnam to build sanitary latrines, embedding this story in a deeper imperial history. The article reconceptualizes the U.S.-South Vietnamese relationship, demonstrating how development aid was forged in collaboration with local elites rather than being passively imposed on South Vietnam.

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In Memoriam: Amy Kaplan and Thomas Joseph McCormick Jr.

SHAFR is saddened at the loss of noted scholars Amy Kaplan on July 30 aged 66 and Thomas Joseph McCormick Jr. on July 25 aged 87.

Amy Kaplan was the Edward W. Kane Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the American Studies Association.  Her works included the Cultures of United States Imperialism (1994) collection, co-edited with Donald J. Pease, "which marked a paradigm shift for the field of American Studies, forcing scholars to contend with the United States’s imperialist history."

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NYPL virtual series on teaching with primary sources

The New York Public Library is launching a new program series from the Center for Research in the Humanities called Doc Chat. During each 30-minute episode, a NYPL curator or specialist and a scholar will highlight evocative digitized items from the Library's collections and discuss innovative ways of teaching with them. NYPL welcomes educators, researchers, students, and primary source lovers to join the Doc Chat conversation.
On July 29 at 3:30pm, NYPL’s Julie Golia and Colgate University Professor Dan Bouk will discuss a curious map and its unusual connection to the Red Scare of 1919-1920. More information and the registration link can be found here:

OAH Richard W. Leopold Prize

The OAH offers the Richard W. Leopold Prize every two years to the author or editor of the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian.

Further information on the prize and how to apply can be found on the OAH website:

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Gilder Lehrman Fellowships

The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers annual short-term research fellowships of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. This year, applications to the program must be received by Friday, July 31, 2020. Applications may propose research at archives in the five boroughs of New York and surrounding areas, including the Rockefeller Archive Center. This year, proposals with a focus on the Cold War will be given greater consideration.

For details about the program, please visit Application information can be found at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected]