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Debut of New Series - We are #OAHistorians
Interested in learning more about your fellow OAH members? Today marks the debut of our new series "We are #OAHistorians." Our first interviewee is Deb Hunter, who writes under the pen name of Hunter S. Jones. She joined the OAH in 2016 and attended her first OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Watch the 2018 OAH Presidential Address | "Everyone Their Own Historian"
In Memoriam - Aidan J. Smith
On Monday, April 23, the history community lost a friend and colleague when Aidan J. Smith, OAH Public History Manager, unexpectedly passed away. Aidan was a dedicated historian who worked tirelessly overseeing the OAH-NPS collaboration. His loss is being felt across the country and throughout our community. Arrangements are still being finalized, but those who wish to do so can make donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation in his honor. Notes of condolence for his partner and family can be sent in care of the OAH national office.
OAH Statement on the Sacramento Shooting of Stephon Clark
As the OAH prepares to gather in Sacramento, California, for our Annual Meeting, we want to use our presence in a constructive way in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Stephon Clark, by local police officers. We are working on several initiatives:
OAH Responds to UW-Stevens Point Eliminating Humanities Majors
Recently University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (UW-SP) announced the elimination of thirteen humanities and social science majors (including history). OAH President Ed Ayers, on behalf of the OAH Executive Committee, sent a letter expressing concern over the elimination of these programs. As noted in the letter, "eliminating the history major along with a full slate of humanities and social science majors fundamentally distorts the mission of higher education and denies students the right to understand and participate fully in their society." The letter was sent to the UW-SP Chancellor, the UW-SP Provost, and the University of Wisconsin (UW) President, as well as being copied to all members of the UW, four-year campuses and the UW Board of Regents.
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!