C. Calvin Smith Book Award

The Book Award is named for the late C. Calvin Smith (1943-2009). Dr. Smith earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in History at the University of Arkansas, and was a distinguished faculty member and administrator at Arkansas State University. Dr. Smith authored two books, War and Wartime Changes: The Transformation of Arkansas, 1940-1945, (1986) and Educating the Masses: The Unfolding History of Black School Administrators in Arkansas, 1900-2000 (2003). He was a founding member, Ochillo Award Winner, and former president of SCAASI.

The C. Calvin Smith Book Award recognizes the most distinguished scholarly book on African American Studies published in the calendar year preceding the SCAASI Annual Conference. The book may focus on any of the interdisciplinary subject areas addressed by SCAASI but must relate to African American Studies. Eligibility is open only to books authored by SCAASI members. Anthologies, encyclopedias and edited works will not be considered.

In making its selection, the Book Award committee will place priority on works that are: I) original in research and literary interpretation, 2) develop new theoretical perspectives, or 3) reinterpret old themes. Highest priority will be given to refereed publications. Non-refereed and se1f-published books are welcome.

Nominations for the award may be made by any SCAASI member. The member making the nomination and the author(s) of the nominated book must be in financial good standing with SCAASI at the time of the prior Annual Meeting. Nomination shall be made in the form of a letter identifying the specific book and author, and shall include a seventy-five word narrative supporting the book nomination. Three hard copies of the nominated book must be submitted along with the nomination letter to the Book Award Committee, which will make the determination.

Books published since December 31, 2016, are eligible for the 2019 award. Books submitted will not be returned. Recipient will be announced at the February, 2019 SCAASI Annual Meeting in Tallahassee Florida.

Book nominations and hard copies should be addressed to

ATTN: Dr. Wali R. Kharif, Chair
C. Calvin Smith Book Award Committee
TTU Box 5064
Cookeville, Tennessee 38505

Please Note: Books published since November 1, 2013 are eligible for the 2019 award.

Dr. C. Calvin Smith Distinguished African American scholar.

Published on Dec 10, 2013

Dr. C. Calvin Smith discusses Homer Adkins and his views on the two Japanese American internment camps in his state. As governor of Arkansas, he desired to confine Japanese American to their camps during the war. He also worked to enact policies that would prohibit any internees from remaining in the state after the war.

This clip is a selection from an hour interview of Smith for the documentary, _Time of Fear_, which shared the stories of Japanese Americans who were interned in Arkansas during the war. MORE

C. Calvin Smith Book Award

C. Calvin Smith Interview

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