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In a historic civil rights ruling issued today in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage a right available to all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. The OAH Executive Board submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petitioners written by historian and OAH member George Chauncey on the history of discrimination against gay men and lesbians in America. This brief was cited specifically by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his majority opinion in today's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, as was the historical scholarship of OAH president-elect Nancy Cott and other prominent American historians.
Read the OAH LGBTQ Committee statement here.
Read the U.S. Supreme Court decision here.
Read the amicus curiae brief here.
OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement on Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Shared Governance—and the University of Wisconsin System
The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians strongly supports the statement on academic freedom and tenure issued by more than twenty of our fellow scholarly organizations. The academic freedom secured through tenure and a partnership between faculty and administration in governing standards is a linchpin of intellectual inquiry in American higher education. Together, tenure and shared university governance stand at the heart of advanced research and vigorous teaching, as has been recognized explicitly in Wisconsin since its Board of Regents' report of 1894.
The OAH Executive Committee shares the grave concerns voiced by our fellow scholarly associations that the proposed changes to the University of Wisconsin tenure system will irreparably damage protections for free inquiry in one of the nation's most distinguished public universities, undermining its model achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching. A threat to the continuation of tenure at the University of Wisconsin threatens the vitality of all higher education in the United States, for erosion of academic freedom anywhere threatens free inquiry as a principle and practice everywhere.
The statement from the twenty scholarly associations supported by the OAH Executive Committee can be found here.
It's Not Too Late to Register for the 2015 OAH Regional Workshop
There's still space for the 3-day workshop, "Diversity in the American West," which will be held on the campus of Glendale Community College, located ten miles north of downtown Los Angeles, from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, 2015.
Read here for additional information about the event.
Support the OAH, Contribute to the Annual Fund
It's not too late to give to the OAH Annual Fund. The Annual Fund helps support programs and publications of the organization not covered by dues. Contributions to the Annual Fund can be made here.
Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel Responds
As those of you who attended the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis know, the host hotel--The Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel--was under construction. Hotel management had not notified us of the extent of the construction prior to our arrival, and they did not realize the extent to which that construction affected our meeting. After numerous discussions with them, they have issued the following letter apologizing for not understanding how disruptive this construction was to our group.
Read the letter here.