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New Badge Possibilities at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting
With the well-meaning intent of creating networking opportunities, academic conferences ask that all attendees wear a name badge prominently displayed on their person. To further help attendees navigate the many faces and names, they also traditionally ask for each person's affiliation. The OAH Annual Meeting has been no exception.
The blog post 'Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an "Independent Scholar"' by Megan Kate Nelson recently prompted an important conversation about the way in which we label ourselves, and thereby each other. Conference attendees increasingly identify themselves as more than their affiliation, and those without a current affiliation increasingly feel on the outskirts of an ever-shrinking group.
We encourage all attendees to reconsider what they list on their badge during the registration process. We invite you to list your specialty, twitter handle, or, if you prefer, your affiliation. We want all our attendees to feel comfortable and to use the information on the badges of their peers to help build relationships and make new connections.
Join the conversation at OAH Crossroads or tweet us using #OAH18.
Register and update your badge here!
National Humanities Alliance Update
Thank you to all OAH members who wrote or called their members of congress to voice their concern about proposed cuts to the NEH earlier this year. The National Humanities Alliance (NHA), of which OAH is part, has prepared a report detailing their efforts and those to come. To read NHA Executive Director Steven Kidd's entire report, click here.
Many OAH members live and work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey this past week. The scope of devastation in the region is immense. There are many avenues to help the victims. National Public Radio has compiled a list of organizations, both local and national, who are taking donations.
Our thoughts go out to our members and all those in the region. We welcome all suggestions on how the OAH can best assist the history community in the region.
OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments
The OAH Executive Committee has endorsed the AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments. We would especially like to emphasize that:
"To remove a monument, or to change the name of a school or street, is not to erase history, but rather to alter or call attention to a previous interpretation of history," and
"To remove such monuments is neither to 'change' history nor 'erase' it. What changes with such removals is what American communities decide is worthy of civic honor."
We are grateful for the many OAH members who have spoken on this issue.
The Organization of American Historians Launches New Media Resource
The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is pleased to announce a new resource for members of the media. With over 7,000 member historians, the OAH can connect you with subject matter experts on topics ranging from the Electoral College, executive orders, U.S.-Russian relations, and everything in between. In these contentious times, understanding our nation’s history is of critical importance.