History graduate students from institutions across Chicago and beyond are invited to take part in the History Challenge (April 13–14, 2017), a competition that asks teams of two to three participants to use a collection of primary sources from the University of Chicago archives to develop a public-history project related to the history of the Hyde Park–Kenwood community in Chicago. Each team member has until April 1, 2017, to register.


The challenge is part of the Relevance of History conference on April 13–14, 2017. Team members are invited to participate in all other conference activities, which will explore the role of historians and historical thinking in the world today with faculty, students, alumni, and historians working in a wide range of careers. The challenge, conference, reception, breakfast, and lunches are free.

All events will be held at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library, room 122, 1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

On Thursday, April 13, at 11.30 students will gather for lunch. At noon the organizers will introduce the archival material and the challenge guidelines. Students will then have three hours to examine the materials and develop a three-minute two-slide presentation directed at potential project sponsors and funders.

On Friday, April 14, noon–1:15 PM, teams will make their presentations to conference attendees and a panel of judges. The judges will select a winner and provide substantive feedback to each team regarding the project and their pitch.

The winning team will receive airfare, lodging, and registration to the American Historical Association's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 4–7, 2018, and the opportunity to work with community members to realize their public-history project.

For more information about the challenge or if you need accommodation to attend please contact Lindsey Martin, Mellon career development officer, martinli[at]uchicago[dot]edu or (773) 834-3809.

The challenge and conference are made possible by Making History Work,
the American Historical Association's Career Diversity for Historians initiative
in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds the initiative,
which aims to prepare graduate students and early career historians
for a range of careers within and beyond the academy.