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2016 OAH Annual Meeting

Providence, Rhode Island
Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10
Rhode Island Convention Center

Many thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, and friends who made the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting in Providence a success.

Special thanks also to the members of the Program and Local Resource Committees (listed below) for their dedication to organizing and hosting this conference.

1,740 members, sponsors, exhibitors, and friends of the OAH convened in Providence for the four-day meeting, which included five plenary sessions, eight luncheons and breakfasts, National History Day presentations, ten receptions and networking events, a dozen Chat Room discussions, over 50 vendor booths, and more than 100 educational sessions, workshops, roundtables, and state-of-the-field sessions. We also offered live-streaming coverage of the award presentation and the presidential address for the first time.

Meeting coverage in the OAH blog, Process

Meeting Photos

C-SPAN coverage:

Visit the OAH page on C-SPAN.org for brief interviews with several historians in attendance, including outgoing OAH president Jon Butler.

Meeting Theme: On Leadership

In this presidential election year the Program Committee chose the theme "On Leadership," exploring any aspect of leadership in American history. The character, origin, and practice of leadership; its successes, achievements, disappointments, and failures in any and every area of American life from the earliest years of human settlement to the early twenty-first century will be the principal topics of the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting.

Sessions consider leadership as it applies to any aspect of American history, including—though certainly not limited to—politics, revolts, economics, race, gender, reform, technology, education, religion, agriculture, arts, resistance, sports, entertainment, research, communications, sexuality, literature, scholarship, environment, class, and international affairs whether leading in conventional or unconventional and dissenting directions or bounded by national, regional, or local demarcations or stretching beyond concepts of boundaries, as in cyberspace.

Who have America's leaders been, individually and collectively? What has produced success, failure, and disappointment in their efforts? What leadership has uplifted America, what has set the nation and its peoples back, and how do we make those judgments when we write, teach and interpret American history? How have Americans, including our readers, students and audiences, imagined American leaders and leadership across decades and centuries? How have Americans understood relations between leaders, communities, and followers? What have we learned about leaders of grassroots social and political movements, about military leaders and leaders of peace movements, about leaders and leadership in small communities, and non-traditional leaders and non-traditional forms of leadership?

How have Americans represented leaders and leadership in history, literature, the arts, and culture? How have Americans encountered leaders—homegrown, imported, virtual, imagined, and invented? How have leaders at all levels been shaped by the processes that created them? How have those processes and leaders, changed through time? How have crises molded and recast leaders and our understandings of American history? How has the study or understanding of history influenced leaders?

Program Committee

Ann Fabian (Cochair),
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Eric Rauchway (Cochair),
University of California, Davis

Emily Clark, Tulane University

William Deverell, University of Southern California

Barbara Franco, Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg

Coleen Hermes, Rogers High School

Amy J. Kinsel, Shoreline Community College

Kevin M. Kruse, Princeton University

Kevin P. Murphy, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Kimberley L. Phillips, Independent Scholar

Local Resource Committee

C. Morgan Grefe (Cochair),
Rhode Island Historical Society

Matthew P. Guterl (Cochair),
Brown University

Charles H. B Arning, National Park Service

Erik Christiansen, Rhode Island College

Paul J. Erickson, American Antiquarian Society

Elizabeth Francis, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Jack Martin, Providence Public Library

Suzanne K. McCormack, Community College of Rhode Island

Timothy B. Neary, Salve Regina University

Arthur Rustigian, Classical High School

Evelyn Sterne, University of Rhode Island

Ruth Taylor, Newport Historical Society