2015 OAH Annual Meeting
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History News Network's Rick Shenkman provides comprehensive coverage of the action on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis.
A number of OAH members talked with History News Network's Rick Shenkman during our 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis.
- Russ Henderson on: Young people voting at age 18: That's not revolutionary!
- Robert Poch on: How the media misrepresented Arizona's fight over immigrants
- Jonathan Pritchett and Charles Calomiris on What Economists Are Saying
Now About Slavery
- Lauren Gutterman on A Horrific Case of Murder that Reinforces Gay
- Hasia Diner on The Rags to Riches Myth of Immigrants
- Jonathan Zimmerman on How to Get Your Op Ed Published
- Julilly Kohler-Hausmann on The War on Drugs
- Johann Neem on Is the Common Core a Threat to the Study of History?
- Logan Sawyer on The Birth of Originalism and Its Adoption by
- Mark Carnes on How to Get Students Interested in History
- Darlene Clark Hine on The View from the Inside ... The OAH's Courageous Stand Against Racism in 2000
Nearly 1,500 members, sponsors, exhibitors, and friends of OAH were in St. Louis for the four-day 2015 meeting, which included three plenary sessions and film screenings, five luncheons and poster presentations, six breakfasts and workshops, ten receptions and networking events, over 50 vendor booths, and more than 100 educational sessions, workshops, roundtables, and state-of-the-field sessions.
Localizing American history
A number of sessions and tours focusing on St. Louis were included in the program.
- Thanks to support from the Missouri Humanities Council, a session titled "American History from the Inside Out: Putting St. Louis's History of Cities, Suburbs, and Race Relations to Work to Reconfigure the National Narrative," was open at no cost to St. Louis residents. Support from the council also enabled OAH to open the exhibit hall to the public for a two-hour window on Thursday, April 16.
- National History Day students and teachers from across the state of Missouri were on hand to showcase their research in the exhibit hall. The work of these young middle school and high school students was impressive.
- Five museum displays on St. Louis history and culture were installed in the exhibit hall, including one about St. Louis's role in the early American fur trade and one featuring selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project.
- Jazz Edge, a 17-person ensemble, entertained attendees thanks to the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri History Museum, the University of Missouri Press, the History Department at St. Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Washington University in St. Louis.
- Tours to five local attractions, including the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, Cahokia Mounts, and visits to historic east and west St. Louis neighborhoods, were offered.
- An outing to Busch Stadium (with access to its exclusive Scoreboard Patio seating area with free dining and beverages) for a contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds was enjoyed by about 100 members and friends of OAH.
Business meeting and awards ceremony
During its business meeting, OAH members proposed petitioning the Washington Redskins football organization to change its name. Introduced by Lee Formwalt, OAH's former executive director, and signed by 24 OAH members, OAH will add its voice to those calling for the Redskins to something that is not based on skin color and ethnicity. In other business news:
- Journal of American History Editor Ed Linenthal announced he will retire in 2016. A search committee has been appointed and their work will begin in the fall of 2015.
- The 2018-19 OAH President is Earl Lewis. When his term takes effect after the annual 2018 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Lewis will become OAH's sixth African American president.
- OAH's outgoing 2014-15 President Patty Limerick welcomed incoming 2015-16 OAH President Jon Butler, who presided over an awards ceremony during which 27 awards, prizes, fellowships, grants, and honorable mentions were made to 55 historians, graduate students, and history organizations.
- The awards ceremony included the inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History. Benefactor Alexandra Nickliss presented the award for the most original book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and The Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898, to member Lisa Marguerite Tetrault.
Educational sessions and networking
Top scholars and historians from around the world attended the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting. Sessions featured the latest news and developments in historical research, showcased emerging technologies and innovations in teaching, and offered related best practices.
- The theme of the meeting was "taboos" with a focus on how complex, controversial topics in history (such as race, gender, sexuality, discrimination, violence, drugs, etc.) remain taboo today. OAH members courageously challenged historical taboos, offering fresh interpretations and questions, along with new dialog to deepen and transform what is currently known about American history.
- An Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall drew attention to five aisles lined with dozens of information booths where publishers, book sellers, tech companies, and resource providers discussed and demonstrated their products.
- Attendees included public historians working for state/municipal government agencies, representatives from museums, cultural institutions, and nonprofit organizations, adjunct instructors and faculty at community colleges, graduate students, and faculty from public and private universities and colleges.
For information about special sessions, explore these links:
|State of the Field Sessions
||Gilded Age & Progressive Era