ARNOVA is pleased to announce the inauguration of the Peter Dobkin Hall History Prize.
Peter Dobkin Hall, who died last April, was an active and long-time ARNOVA member, winner of the organization’s 2008 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, and one of the most influential historians of the nonprofit sector of the last half-century. This $500 prize, to be awarded annually, will honor Hall’s memory by celebrating the published book that has made the most significant scholarly contribution to our understanding of the history of philanthropy. For purposes of the prize, “philanthropy” will be defined in broad ARNOVA terms to include the history of nonprofit organizations, civil society, and philanthropy.
The contribution need not be by a historian; scholars in other disciplines are encouraged to apply if their work advances our understanding of the history of philanthropy in one of the many global traditions. Each year, the competition will be open to works published in the three calendar years prior. This year’s competition, for instance, will be open to works published in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The winner will be presented the award at theARNOVA conference, where he or she will be expected to give a paper based on the work at a panel that will also serve to highlight the state of historical inquiry into the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors (the conference attendance fee for the prize winner will be waived).
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Amanda Moniz, National History Center, “From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism”