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OAH Presidential Address
OAH Awards Ceremony
OAH Business Meeting
Lightning Rounds
Chat Room Seminars
Book Bridge


Plenary Session:
Chronicling the Work of Freedom

Thursday, April 4
4:45 pm-6:15 pm

For generations, journalist and scholars, especially historians, have worked to frame an understanding of the durable constructions of freedom. It has allowed us to puzzle over how a country founded on a belief in inalienable rights, decided to include and exclude based on class, race, gender and national origin. This ever changing framework has required us to update notions of citizen, redefine ideas about inclusion, and recast the central characters in the ongoing drama about a living democracy. This plenary aims to probe the dual roles of scholar and journalist in chronicling the work of freedom.

“Chronicling the Work of Freedom,” will be moderated by noted historian and social commentator, Professor Robin D.G. Kelley of UCLA. Joining him on the panel will be Laura Walker, president, WNYC, Jelani Cobb, professor, Columbia University School of Journalism and contributor, New Yorker, John Ydstie, national economics reporter, NPR, Danielle McGuire, public historian, and Maria Balinska, editor and co-CEO, The Conversation.

The plenary occurs on April 4, 2019 from 4:45-6:15 pm. During a moment when truth, evidence and facts are debated, we welcome your attendance and participation in this timely discussion.

Chair: Robin D.G. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles

• William J. Cobb, Columbia University
• Laura Walker, WNYC
• Maria Balinska, The Conversation
• John Ydstie, NPR
• Danielle McGuire, Public historian

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OAH Presidential Address:
History and the Common Good: Scholarship in the Public Eye

Saturday, April 6
5:15 pm-6:45 pm

Earl Lewis
Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies,
Director, Center for Social Solutions, and
President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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OAH Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 5
4:45 pm-6:00 pm

Celebrating the best in American history—writing, teaching, public presentation, research, support, and distinguished careers—the OAH Awards Ceremony recognizes colleagues and friends whose achievements advance our profession, bolstering deep, sophisticated understandings of America’s complex past and informed, historically relevant discussions of contemporary issues. Hard-working OAH members on over 25 committees examine nearly 1,000 nominations to select outstanding recipients each year. Their care, and the excellence of the individuals they have chosen, enlarges American history everywhere. Longtime members of the organization will also be honored.

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OAH Business Meeting

Saturday, April 5
4:45 pm-5:15 pm

All OAH members are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the governance of the organization. Proposals for action should be made in the form of ordinary motions or resolutions. All such motions or resolutions must be signed by fifty 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 at least 30 days in advance of the Annual Business Meeting. The OAH Business Meeting will immediately precede the Presidential Address.

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Lightning Rounds

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6
Various times

We invite everyone to attend Lightning Rounds on Friday and Saturday in which you will be introduced to emerging scholars and their works in various field. Support these scholars and share your feedback.

  • Women in Digital and Public History
  • America in the Trans-Pacific World: Political, Economic, and Cultural Encounters
  • The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Lightning Round on Emerging Scholarship in the Field
  • Emerging Voices in LGBTQ History
  • The Future of Early America: Lightning Round on Emerging Research
  • Re-Engaging With Military History: The Path Forward
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Chat Room Seminars

Saturday, April 6
11:45 am- 12:30 pm

Launched in 2016, the Chat Room provides an opportunity for historians to share and learn from the knowledge and experiences of their peers. Led by up to two moderators, each 45-minute seminar encourages conversation in a relaxed and unstructured environment. To take full advantage of the seminar, we invite all participants to attend from the start of each chat. Teach, learn, debate, while meeting friends both old and new.

  • Navigating the Community College Job Market: A Conversation for Job-Seekers and their Advisers
  • What is Birthright Citizenship, What Threats Has it Faced in the United States, and Why is it Under Attack Today?
  • Academic Freedom: Do you (really) have it? What is (could be) the role of scholarly organizations?
  • Current Trends in Teaching the U.S. History Survey Course
  • Redefining Women's Activism
  • Navigating the Social Media Minefield
  • Must Early America be Vast?: Continuing the Conversation

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Book Bridge

Info to come

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