Created in 1981 by OAH president Gerda Lerner, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers bureau dedicated to American history. Its more than 500 participating historians have made major contributions to this popular field.
OAH Distinguished Lecturers speak around the country every year, not only visiting college campuses and addressing undergraduate and graduate student conferences but also leading teacher seminars and engaging general audiences at public events sponsored by historical societies, museums, libraries, and humanities councils.
OAH Distinguished Lecturers are appointed by the OAH president-elect. Each agrees to present one lecture on behalf of the organization each academic year and to donate his or her lecture fee to the organization.
OAH Distinguished Lecturer Bethany Moreton takes a question following her talk on spiritual responses to postindustrial work at the fall 2013 Atlanta Graduate Student Conference in U.S. History at Emory University.
OAH Distinguished Lecturer Robert F. Jefferson Jr. visited Colorado State University-Pueblo in spring 2012 and spoke about black World War II GIs and the modern civil rights movement. His lecture was cosponsored by the university's Past Masters History Club and its Phi Alpha Theta chapter as well as the Center for American Values. Photo courtesy the Center for American Values.