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Organization of American Historians Announces New Resource for Members of the Media

Journalists seeking fresh, fast, and thoughtful insight from the nation's foremost historians can now consult a database of experts assembled by the Organization of American Historians.

It is available here: www.americanhistoryexperts.org.

This free database was made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Posted: September 14, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Issues Academic Freedom Guidelines and Best Practices

The OAH Committee on Academic Freedom has prepared a set of guidelines and best practices, which are now posted on our website.

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Posted: July 31, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Amplified Initiative

The OAH Amplified Initiative, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was launched at the Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14, 2018. The aim of the project was to amplify the content presented within the confines of the conference rooms to a wider audience. Whether you missed a session, were unable to attend, or want to revisit a session you enjoyed, you can now explore it all at your leisure. Our post-conference surveys show that attendees attend an average of four to six sessions per conference. The 2018 OAH Annual Meeting had a total of 224 sessions meaning most attendees missed about 98 percent of the content! Your OAH membership gives you the opportunity to access all available content simply by logging in to the OAH User Portal and clicking on the link for the Amplified Initiative.

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Posted: July 20, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization, Grants


Debut of New Series - We are #OAHistorians

Interested in learning more about your fellow OAH members? Today marks the debut of our new series "We are #OAHistorians." Our first interviewee is Deb Hunter, who writes under the pen name of Hunter S. Jones. She joined the OAH in 2016 and attended her first OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Interviews are posted on Insights. Read Deb's interview here.

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Posted: May 17, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Statement on the Sacramento Shooting of Stephon Clark

As the OAH prepares to gather in Sacramento, California, for our Annual Meeting, we want to use our presence in a constructive way in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Stephon Clark, by local police officers. We are working on several initiatives:

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Posted: April 3, 2018
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Responds to UW-Stevens Point Eliminating Humanities Majors

Recently University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (UW-SP) announced the elimination of thirteen humanities and social science majors (including history). OAH President Ed Ayers, on behalf of the OAH Executive Committee, sent a letter expressing concern over the elimination of these programs. As noted in the letter, "eliminating the history major along with a full slate of humanities and social science majors fundamentally distorts the mission of higher education and denies students the right to understand and participate fully in their society." The letter was sent to the UW-SP Chancellor, the UW-SP Provost, and the University of Wisconsin (UW) President, as well as being copied to all members of the UW, four-year campuses and the UW Board of Regents.

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Posted: March 16, 2018
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization


Hurricane Harvey

Many OAH members live and work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey this past week. The scope of devastation in the region is immense. There are many avenues to help the victims. National Public Radio has compiled a list of organizations, both local and national, who are taking donations.

Our thoughts go out to our members and all those in the region. We welcome all suggestions on how the OAH can best assist the history community in the region.

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Posted: September 1, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments

The OAH Executive Committee has endorsed the AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments. We would especially like to emphasize that:

  • "To remove a monument, or to change the name of a school or street, is not to erase history, but rather to alter or call attention to a previous interpretation of history," and 

  • "To remove such monuments is neither to 'change' history nor 'erase' it.  What changes with such removals is what American communities decide is worthy of civic honor."

We are grateful for the many OAH members who have spoken on this issue.

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Posted: August 31, 2017
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Organization, News of the Profession


The Organization of American Historians Launches New Media Resource

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is pleased to announce a new resource for members of the media. With over 7,000 member historians, the OAH can connect you with subject matter experts on topics ranging from the Electoral College, executive orders, U.S.-Russian relations, and everything in between. In these contentious times, understanding our nation’s history is of critical importance.

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Posted: July 27, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Advocacy


Announcing OAH Crossroads - an online community for U.S. historians

The OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads, in partnership with H-net, is an online forum where U.S. historians can collaborate to form panels for upcoming Annual Meetings, connect ahead of the conference to find room or travel mates, or converse about the profession.

As opposed to a traditional H-net network, Crossroads posts OAH related conversations from other H-net area specific networks on one page. So, if you are searching for collaborators in H-AfroAm then, by using certain keywords, it will show up in OAH Crossroads making it easier for potential Annual Meeting participants to find.

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Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Organization


2018 OAH Annual Meeting Decisions Now Posted

Decisions for the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12-14, are now posted. If you were included in a proposal, please log into the OAH User portal. The notifications will be at the top of the user portal home page. If you have logged in and do not see your notice, please contact meetings@oah.org to ensure we are using your correct account information. All participants of a pending accept must complete their speaker agreement by July 1 to finalize their acceptance.

We look forward to a very exciting conference in 2018!

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Posted: May 31, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


2017 National Underground Railroad Conference – Please Join Us!

The OAH is pleased to be partnering once again with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the NPS National Underground Railroad Conference.
This year's conference, "On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands," will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017. 

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Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Edward L. Ayers Begins Term as OAH President

Edward L. Ayers began his term as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for 2017-2018 on April 8.

Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond.

"The OAH has been doing important work for over a century," Ayers said, "and plays a critical role in the nation today. We will be undertaking ambitious projects in the coming year, so I hope people will stay tuned."

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Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement in Support of NEH and NEA

The following statement was unanimously approved by the OAH Executive Committee on March 29, 2017:

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly urges the U.S. Congress to include funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts at similar or higher levels than in the past in the upcoming national budget. We urge the Congress to resist efforts to defund and eliminate these essential agencies, which have been crucial in bringing the benefits of the arts and humanities to the American public for over a half-century. The Organization of American Historians applauds the way that communities across the United States—in every state and every district—have shared in the excitement of learning about their own histories through the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Posted: March 29, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, the OAH Executive Board took action on eight items. The full list can be viewed here.

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


2017 Election Results

The OAH is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Newly elected officers and board members will begin their terms this spring. The results can be viewed here.

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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


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.

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


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. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order.

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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.

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