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Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence Deadline Approaching

Make a nomination today!

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked/submitted by January 25, 2017. The annual Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service, and is intended to honor projects, parks, or programs that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history.

http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/stanton-horton-award/

Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Awards and Prizes


NCH Intervenes to Preserve History Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center

This summer, the NCH became aware that the history office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) was likely to be defunded and closed at the end of the 2016 fiscal year on September 30. The NCH working collaboratively with the OAH, the AHA and the Society for History in the Federal Government was able to convince NASA leadership to provide the funding necessary to keep the JSC office open with the resources it needs to be fully staffed and maintain the same excellent level of service to the historical community and the public. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Tachau Teacher of the Year Award

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 1, 2016

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her pathbreaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.

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Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Organization


Journal of American History Executive Editor Named

The OAH is pleased to announce that Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor at the University of Arizona, has been named the new Executive Editor of the Journal of American History and associate professor in the department of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011). Irvin has worked on the editorial boards or staffs of Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, History Compass, and the Journal of American History. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.

Irvin will begin his term as Executive Editor of the Journal of American History in August 2017.

Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Reminder - 2017 OAH Election Information

2017 Slate of Candidates

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

Executive Board Pair 1:
Lu Ann Jones, National Park Service
Jamil S. Zainaldin, Georgia Humanities

Executive Board Pair 2:
Daniel Okrent, Independent Scholar
T. J. Stiles, Independent Scholar

Executive Board Pair 3:
Adrienne D. Davis, Washington University in St. Louis
Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Nominating Board Pair 1: Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University
Serena R. Zabin, Carleton College

Nominating Board Pair 2:
Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin

Nominating Board Pair 3:
Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado Denver
David Sehat, Georgia State University

Notes about the Election

One hundred voting members of the Organization may present a petition for an additional candidate for any office open for election, such petition to be presented to the Executive Director by October 15. The names of persons so nominated shall be placed on the official ballot, being identified as "candidate by petition." The ballot shall also contain a space where members may suggest candidates for the following year.

Voting for the 2017 OAH Election will open December 1, 2016, and will be entirely online.

Please contact us at oah@oah.org with any questions.

Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH President Nancy Cott on Texas Textbook Controversy

OAH President Nancy Cott, on behalf of the OAH Executive Committee, has joined with other scholars, concerned citizens, and the American Historical Association to raise objections to the proposed Mexican American Studies textbook under consideration by the Texas State Board of Education. Her letter can be read here.

The textbook, proposed in response to activist efforts to include Mexican American studies as part of the Texas history curriculum, has come under fire from teachers, activists, law makers, and scholars. An Ad Hoc Committee convened by the Texas Board of Education as part of a customary review process submitted its 54-page "Report on a Proposed Social Studies Special Topic Textbook, Mexican American Heritage," on September 6, which details the numerous factual inaccuracies and offensive stereotypes found in the text.

If the Texas State Board of Education agrees that there are errors, the publisher, Momentum Instruction, will be given an opportunity to address them prior to the board vote. The Texas State Board of Education will decide after the election in November whether the textbook will be adopted for the 2017-2018 school year.

Posted: September 30, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


The Germany Residency Program

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 3, 2016.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the OAH International Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of the Residency Program in American History—Germany (Germany Residency Program) at the University of Tübingen.

The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian University interested in leading an advanced undergraduate/graduate student seminar focusing on one aspect of U.S. History.

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Posted: September 18, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


The Japan Residencies Program

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 3, 2016.

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2017, pending funding.

The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established American scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian university interested in teaching advanced undergraduates and graduate students in seminars and courses focusing on the U.S. History topics requested by the host institutions.

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Posted: September 17, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


The Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri: 2016 Black Studies Fall Conference

On October 14-15, 2016, the Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia campus, will host its annual Black Studies Fall Conference to explore the theme of Black Resistance in the Americas: Slavery and its Aftermath. The conference will be an international gathering of scholars, activists, and students, who will explore the factors of both historical and contemporary black resistance in the Americas, and reflect on the approaches for addressing the concerns of contemporary social justice movements against racial inequality.

This event is FREE and Open to the public. The keynote address, "We Fight!" Red Tails, Black Soldiers, and the Civil Rights Movement will be given by OAH Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Carol Anderson, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta.

2016 Black Studies Fall Conference Flyer

2016 Black Studies Fall Conference Program

Posted: September 16, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Friend of History Award

NOMINATION DEADLINE: October 3, 2016

First given in 2005, the Friend of History Award recognizes an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Recipients will be selected by the OAH Executive Committee from nominations that should include a statement of no more than five pages describing the nominee's distinguished contributions and, if for an individual, a CV of no more than five pages.

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Posted: September 16, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

NOMINATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3, 2016

The OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.

Those eligible for this award include scholars, teachers, writers, public historians and officeholders who have shaped or deepened our sensitivity to the past.

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Posted: September 15, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference

The OAH is pleased once again to partner with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference, which will be held this year June 13-16, 2016.

More information about this year's meeting, including a schedule and registration information, can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Introducing Organizational Partnerships

The OAH is pleased to announce a new initiative and invites history organizations and departments to Partner with us.The OAH's Partnership program is our latest project designed to strengthen our long-standing support of those who research, teach, and practice in the field of U.S. history. When you become a Partner with the OAH, you align your organization's voice with that of a vibrant, diversified, and growing group of history professionals to advocate for the support of history, history education, and all history practitioners.

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Posted: May 12, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


Fall 2015 Board Action Items

The Organization of American Historians fall 2015 board action items are now online. They can be read or downloaded here

Posted: December 11, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


Churchill For Schools: Teaching Modern World History Using Churchill Archives

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides an expanding range of classroom-ready resources, specially written and developed by leading history educators to engage and excite as well as inform and challenge. Based around four broad topics in modern world history, the Churchill Archive for Schools also offers teachers and students an accessible entry-point to the complete Churchill Archive.

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to offer the opportunity to explore this rich archival collection through the guided practice of master teachers and scholars in one of a series of webinar events. Participants will explore teacher-produced classroom investigations that are mined from over 800,000 documents associated with Sir Churchill. More than a view into the life and thoughts of the statesman, these documents bring Churchill to life as a person - as well as the many other major actors in personal correspondance. Use the archives of a great man to learn about lives of ordinary people!

This 60-minute webinar is free of charge and available to any educators at the K-12 or post-secondary level.

Each participant will receive full access to the complete Churchill Archives at no charge.

Each virtual session will:
• apply historical thinking and inquiry-based investigations to modern history topics
• identify and share sets of primary source documents that support that investigation
• connect history teachers from across the globe around practice and curation
• provide free site license access to the Churchill Archives
• work to create best practice models for how technology can bring historical archives alive!

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm EST

Regisister now!

Posted: December 10, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Statement on Campus Carry

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly supports the statement endorsed by numerous scholarly organizations expressing deep concern about laws permitting individuals to carry guns in college classrooms and throughout college campuses.

"The undersigned learned societies are deeply concerned about the impact of Texas's new Campus Carry law on freedom of expression in Texas universities. The law, which was passed earlier this year and takes effect in 2016, allows licensed handgun carriers to bring concealed handguns into buildings on Texas campuses. Our societies are concerned that the Campus Carry law and similar laws in other states introduce serious safety threats on college campuses with a resulting harmful effect on students and professors."

Posted: December 7, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Statement on Collective Bargaining and Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent History Faculty

Whereas the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is a professional society whose mission is dedicated to the promotion of "excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history," and to the encouragement of "the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history"; and

Whereas, the OAH chooses from time to time to advocate on those practitioners' behalf; and

Whereas, the OAH's strategic plan expresses concern about "the continuing reliance on, and conditions of employment for part-time, adjunct, and contingent faculty;" and

Whereas the OAH has observed the growing use of part-time and contingent historians across higher education under conditions of work that are neither equitable for contingent historians nor conducive to "excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history,"

Therefore, be it resolved, that the OAH Executive Board urges and endorses the principle that collective bargaining can be, and in many instances has proven to be, an important tool that historians might deploy to secure fair working conditions for contingent faculty members, as well as to support good teaching, study and practice of American history and provide first-rate history education for students. The OAH acknowledges that not all collective bargaining organizations are concerned with promoting historical study, and that collective bargaining may not always be suitable for every institution of higher education in every part of the country, but strongly submits that where particular collective bargaining campaigns promise to achieve the kind of "best practices" outlined in the OAH's "Standards on Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Employment" (as revised April 2014), members of the American history profession should strongly consider warmly endorsing and actively supporting such campaigns to advance the kind of faculty employment conditions that are essential for excellent historical practice.

Posted: December 7, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


2016 Germany Residency Program

Thanks to a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the OAH International Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of the Germany Residency Program at the University of Tübingen. The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian University interested in leading an advanced undergraduate/graduate student seminar focusing on one aspect of U.S. History. For more information and details on how to apply, visit http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/germany/.

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015

Posted: September 18, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


2016 Japan Residencies Program

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2016, pending funding.

The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies is hoping for a specialist in Race/Ethnic Relations in the Twentieth-Century United States.

Ritsumeikan University is hoping for a specialist in transpacific history with special interest in transnational circulations of persons, commodities, capital, and information. A specialist of Asian American history and/or U.S.-Japan relations is also welcomed.

For more information and details on how to apply, visit http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/japan/

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2015

Posted: September 18, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


Action Alert: National Humanities Alliance

Act now to prevent deep cuts to funding for international education.

The Senate has proposed deep cuts to Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

These programs are crucial for educating U.S. students for our interconnected world and training experts in foreign languages and cultures.

The proposed cut would slash $25 million (35%) from Title VI and Fulbright-Hays, and it has already passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

This comes after a drastic cut in 2010 and would amount to a 63% reduction over five years!

What's at stake?

Click here for more information on Title VI programs and the status of the appropriations process.

Send a message to Congress now.
We need to speak out now to ensure that the Senate bill does not advance any further. The House appropriations committee has already approved funding at the current level. Your voice will help ensure that these crucial international education programs remain intact.

For more information about the National Humanities Alliance, click here.

Posted: August 26, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Advocacy