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Edward L. Ayers Begins Term as OAH President
Edward L. Ayers began his term as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for 2017-2018 on April 8.
Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond.
"The OAH has been doing important work for over a century," Ayers said, "and plays a critical role in the nation today. We will be undertaking ambitious projects in the coming year, so I hope people will stay tuned."
OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement in Support of NEH and NEA
The following statement was unanimously approved by the OAH Executive Committee on March 29, 2017:
The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly urges the U.S. Congress to include funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts at similar or higher levels than in the past in the upcoming national budget. We urge the Congress to resist efforts to defund and eliminate these essential agencies, which have been crucial in bringing the benefits of the arts and humanities to the American public for over a half-century. The Organization of American Historians applauds the way that communities across the United States—in every state and every district—have shared in the excitement of learning about their own histories through the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The OAH was saddened to learn of the recent pasing of two longtime members. Their individual obituaries are linked below.
DPLA Announces New Grant
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently announced a new grant that funds continued work around educator professional development and expansion of our Primary Source Sets project. They have just opened a call for excellent instructors in higher education to join their Education Advisory Committee to assist with this exciting new initiative.
OAH Members Receive 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
OAH members Michael Fitzgerald and Sarah Silkey have received a 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to analyze a newly accessible trove of letters and diaries of Ku Klux Klan supporters that reveals the interpersonal dynamics of racial extremism and the generational conflicts between Victorian gender expectations and notions of southern manhood during Reconstruction and its aftermath. More information about the project and the Collaborative Research Fellowship are available here.