Commitment 1: Forging Intellectual Community
In 1993, I began to moderate two scholarly discussion listsH-Women, on the history of women, and H-Film, on film history and the scholarly uses of mediato answer queries, share information, disseminate fresh ideas about teaching, assessment, and course design, and, above all, forge intellectual communities that transcend campus and departmental boundaries.
Currently, I serve as President of H-Net, the largest provider of scholarly listservs and book reviews in the discipline of History, and moderate H-Slavery, on the history of slavery, the slave trade, abolition, and emancipation, whose 1,100 subscribers include Pulitzer Prize winners and other publishing scholars, curators, teachers at all levels, and graduate students from all parts of the world.
Through H-Net, I have sought to promote a vision of an academic community that is truly cooperative and international, and which is committed to sharing ideas, teaching tips, and opportunities for publication. H-Net's scholarly networks allow subscribers to overcome the intellectual isolation that plagues the academy.