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
- "Worst. President. Ever." plenary session
- "The National Park Service at 100: A Conversation with Robert Stanton" plenary session
- "Historian Presidents" plenary session
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?
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),
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