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Thursday, April 6

3:30 pm--5:00 pm

Plenary Session 1

Historians in Court

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4:30 pm--6:00 pm

Happy Hour 

Located in the Exhibit Hall, don't miss this popular event event which celebrates the opening day of the Exhibit Hall on the first night of the meeting. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to meet with friends while browsing the exhibits, museum displays, and the new digital humanities presentations. Take this opportunity to visit and talk with exhibitor representatives, plan your book-shopping strategy, or meet colleagues before dinner or attending the OAH at the Ogden!

6:00 pm--8:00 pm

Location | Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Ogden After Hours

Free admission to the first 300 OAH attendees with badges. 

$13.50 at the door 

OAH at the Ogden
Hosted by the Department of History at the University of New Orleans

Joint opening of States of Incarceration and Picturing a World Without Prisons
Cash bar, live local music.

Hosted by the History Department at the University of New Orleans and Midlo Center for New Orleans

Join us for the opening reception for two combined exhibitions. The Ogden is hosting the traveling exhibition States of Incarceration, produced by the Humanities Action Lab at the New School for Social Research, which features the work of university students at 20 partner universities on sites of incarceration in their communities. Opening with States of Incarceration, will be Picturing a World Without Prisons: Young Artists Take on the Carceral State, produced through a collaboration between the Ogden and the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at UNO. Teen artists from the Youth Study Center, a detention facility in New Orleans, will exhibit multi-media artwork, drawn from their experiences as young people within prison system, and mentored by professional artists engaged in art activism.



Friday, April 7
9:00 am--12:00 pm


Location | Historic New Orleans Collection, Boyd Cruise Room

Offsite Session:
"New Perspectives on Early New Orleans" at the Historic New Orleans Collection, Boyd Cruise Room

Off-site session with a tour of The Collection following for interested guests. Attendees can also visit the collection of Storyville Blue Books on display at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Chair: Virginia Gould, Tulane University
Commentator: Shannon Lee Dawdy, University of Chicago

Crime and Consumption in Early New Orleans
Sophie White, University of Notre Dame

From marche du calumet to raquette des sauvages: Performing Native American Diplomacy in Early New Orleans
Daniel Usner, Vanderbilt University

Identity and Memory at the St. Peter Street Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana
D. Ryan Gray, University of New Orleans


4:00 pm--5:30 pm 

Plenary Session 2

African American History, Art and the Public Museum: A Conversation with Lonnie Bunch and Richard Powell

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6:00 pm--8:30 pm 


Location | Ashé Cultural Center/ Ashé Powerhouse Theatre

Offsite Session: Black New Orleans: John Blassingame's Classic and New Directions on the City's Early African American History" at the Ashé Cultural Center/ Ashé Powerhouse Theater and ALANA Reception

ALANA Reception and Social at 6:00 pm followed by panel discussion

The ALANA Committee is thrilled to co-sponsor Friday night's off-site session, "Black New Orleans: John Blassingame's Classic and New Directions on the City's Early African American History." ALANA will host its annual reception before the session, to be held at the Powerhouse Theater in Central City, a historically African American neighborhood where post-Katrina Latina/o immigrants now also live. Transportation to and from the session and reception will be available. We look forward to this exciting gathering.

Chair: V.P. Franklin, Journal of African American History
Commentator: Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane University

Free Women of Color in the Colonial Gulf South
Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University

The Politics of Hurricane Katrina
Leslie Harris, Emory University

The Public History of New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade
Erin Greenwald, Historic New Orleans Collection

For generations of scholars, John Blassingame's Black New Orleans: 1860-1880, published in 1973, was the entry point into the rich history of African Americans and Afro-Creoles in one of the most important cities in the antebellum United States. As W.E.B. Dubois noted in an earlier era, Blassingame recognized that the history of people of African descent in New Orleans was both crucial and too little understood within the broader context of American history. As we approach the city's tricentennial, we take advantage of the OAH's presence in New Orleans to revisit Blassingame's legacy. This panel reflects the transformation in the scholarship since Black New Orleans appeared in 1973--both in terms of who is producing that scholarship, the new questions these scholars are asking, and the ways in which they are taking their work beyond the academy to engage with the public.


Saturday, April 8
10:00 am--3:00 pm

Tripod: New Orleans @ 300
NPR Podcast Recorded Live


Located in the Exhibti Hall
The host/producer of the Tripod podcast, Laine Kaplan-Levenson, will interview a series of authors who have written about New Orleans history for this Edward R. Murrow Regional Award Winning Tricentennial program. Interviews will include list of scholars.


3:45 pm--5:00 pm 

OAH Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony

The OAH Business Meeting will immediately precede the OAH Awards Ceremony. All OAH members are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the governance of the organization. Proposals for action shall be made in the form of ordinary motions or resolutions. All such motions or resolutions must be signed by 50 members in good standing and submitted at least forty-five days prior to the meeting to OAH Executive Director Katherine M. Finley and OAH Parliamentarian Jonathan Lurie, c/o OAH, 112 North Bryan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408. Should a motion or resolution be submitted in this manner, OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication 30 days in advance of the Annual Business Meeting.


5:00 pm--6:30 pm 


Presidential Address: "Making—and Circulating— the News in an Illiberal Age"

Nancy CottPresented by OAH President Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Turnbull Professor of American History, Harvard University



Sunday, April 9
1:00 pm--4:00 pm


OAH Educator's Day at the WWII Museum

Complimentary admission
The WWII Museum welcomes the OAH to New Orleans with free museum admission all day for OAH attendees and a special welcome for K-12 educators. A showing for all OAH attendees of Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D journey through WWII in the Solomon Victory Theatre, will be followed by presentations and tours of their latest exhibits from the museum's Education staff in the U.S. Freedom Pavilion.