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2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in American Studies, including:

Information for Potential Applicants

Application Guidelines: including sample project statements
Review Criteria: to inform the various components of your application

Eligibility Requirements: to review program policies
Outreach Events: a schedule of conferences, workshops, and webinars

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 at 2:00 pm EDT for a webinar discussing Fulbright Opportunities in American Studies.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships, Grants


Hamilton Cravens

The OAH notes with sadness that longtime member and OAH supporter Hamilton Cravens passed away late last year. His obituary is available here.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


Herbert Parmet

The OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Herbert Parmet. He died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 87. 

The History News Network published an obituary which can be viewed here.

Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


In Memoriam

The OAH was saddened to learn of the recent pasing of two longtime members. Their individual obituaries are linked below.

Herbert Parmet

Hamilton Cravens

Posted: March 9, 2017
Tagged: None


DPLA Announces New Grant

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently announced a new grant that funds continued work around educator professional development and expansion of our Primary Source Sets project. They have just opened a call for excellent instructors in higher education to join their Education Advisory Committee to assist with this exciting new initiative.

Specifically, they are interested in applicants working in humanities fields with US culture including English, Composition, History, Area Studies, Music, and Art History, and education fields including Secondary Education, School Librarianship, and Curriculum and Instruction. Applicants can be employed in various roles in higher education including administration or as professors, lecturers, instructors, or adjuncts.

More information about the program can be found here: https://dp.la/info/2017/03/01/application-for-2017-2018-education-advisory-committee-now-open/

The application will remain open for the month of March, with applications due on March 31, 2017.

Posted: March 8, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


2017 Election Results

The OAH thanks the entire slate of candidates who participated in the election. We are pleased to announce the 2017 results.

OAH PRESIDENT
Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

OAH PRESIDENT-ELECT
Earl Lewis, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

OAH VICE PRESIDENT
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University

OAH EXECUTIVE BOARD
Lu Ann Jones, National Park Service
T. J. Stiles, Independent Scholar
Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

OAH NOMINATING BOARD
Serena R. Zabin, Carleton College
Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


AASLH-OAH Webinar Collaboration

The OAH is pleased to announce a new collaborative effort with the American Association for State and Local History--"History Crash Course" webinars. OAH member and Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer Keene will lead the inaugural webinar on World War I on March 28. This 90-minute webinar is free to attend.

Learn more about the webinar and register here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


#ImmigrationSyllabus - A New Project by the Immigration History Research Center

Immigration historians associated with the Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Center have launched the #ImmigrationSyllabus website, an educational resource that offers historical context to today's immigration debate.

Additionally, they have annotated and analyzed the Trump Executive Order banning immigrants. It can be seen here.

Read more about the project here.

Access the syllabus here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


James Horton

The OAH notes with sadness the passing of James Horton, past OAH president (2004-2005) on February 20, 2017. A print obituary will appear in the May issue of The American Historian.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


National History Day Judges Needed

Many National History Day Affiliates are in need of judges for their local and state history day contests. If you would like to volunteer and help foster students' love of history, you can find your local affiliate here.

If you would like to judge at the national competition held in College Park, MD, in June, visit the National History Day website for more information and to volunteer.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


OAH Members Receive 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

OAH members Michael Fitzgerald and Sarah Silkey have received a 2017 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship to analyze a newly accessible trove of letters and diaries of Ku Klux Klan supporters that reveals the interpersonal dynamics of racial extremism and the generational conflicts between Victorian gender expectations and notions of southern manhood during Reconstruction and its aftermath. More information about the project and the Collaborative Research Fellowship are available here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, held October 29 -30 in Chicago, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


National Humanities Seminar - Free Webinar

The OAH is co-sponsoring the America in Class webinar series with the National Humanities Center this spring. Teaching John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath with David Wrobel will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm EST.

The webinar is 90 minutes long and free for teachers by using the promo code NHCED. Additional information is available here. Register here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Western Historical Association Conference

The Call for Papers for the 58th Annual Conference of the Western History Association, October 17-20, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, is now available. The conference theme is Reimagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.

The submission deadline is September 1, 2017 for individual papers and December 1, 2017 for organized panels.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Park Services Names New Chief Historian

Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe began duty as the National Park Service's new Chief Historian on January 8, 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master's degree in United States history from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's degree in history from Howard University. Read the full announcement from the National Coalition for History here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


7 OAH Members Receive Awards at 2017 AHA Meeting

Seven OAH members received awards at the 2017 American Historical Association meeting earlier this month. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


2017 OAH Business Meeting

Any member who would like a resolution to be presented at the OAH Business Meeting, must submit the resolution to Katherine Finley, OAH Executive Director, and to the OAH Parliamentarian by February 22, 2017. The resolution must be signed by fifty (50) members in good standing. If these conditions are met, then the OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication thirty (30) days in advance that this resolution will be presented at the OAH Business Meeting.

Posted: February 22, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


Joyce Appleby

OAH distinguished member and past president Joyce Appleby (1991-1992) died on December 23, 2016. An obituary for her will appear in the May issue of The American Historian.

Her obituary that appeared in the New York Times can be read here.

Her obituary that was issued by the History Department of UCLA can be read here.

Posted: February 21, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Executive Order

The Executive Board of the OAH has endorsed and joined with the American Historical Association in its statement opposing President Trump's January 27 executive order. The AHA statement can be read here. Statements by ACLS Member Societies can be accessed here. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order. It is the Executive Board's hope that OAH members will be called upon to provide historical perspective for policy makers in the face of conflicting viewpoints over current events.

Posted: February 20, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Executive Board Creates New Initiative

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, with support and guidance from the OAH Executive Board, has framed a new initiative in these fractious times. More than 80 OAH Distinguished Lecturers stand ready to speak about the deep historical roots of a variety of divisive issues revealed by the 2016 presidential race and the election of Donald J. Trump.

We invite all OAH members to host one or more of these speakers in the coming months and to introduce this resource to campus or community groups seeking to foster dialogue and to advance critical thinking about both past and present.

Contact lectureship program coordinator Annette Windhorn, awindhorn@oah.org, for more information or to start an invitation.

Posted: February 19, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization