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Organization of American Historians Receives Grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to “Imagine a New Kind of Academic Annual Meeting”

The Organization of American Historians recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to increase the reach of the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting to the public, teachers, students, and scholars interested in American history. Presently, the meeting reaches primarily those teaching history within the university or college setting and is limited to those who attend the meeting in person.  The 2018 meeting entitled “Forms of History” will be held April 12-14, in Sacramento, California.

The OAH Amplified Initiative will broaden the OAH’s audience and continue OAH’s conversation beyond the walls of the in-person conference meeting. The Mellon grant will allow the work presented at the OAH Annual Meeting to become available to a broader audience, allowing instructors to engage with new ideas in their classrooms and researchers to access and cite the scholarship presented. Digital audio recordings of the sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting will provide the foundation for this amplified meeting initiative. Additionally, a video studio will be set up at the conference where select attendees will be interviewed.

The audio and video recordings captured at the 2018 Annual Meeting will be tagged so that they can be searched and combined in new ways—by topic, period, or type of presentation. These files will be made available to select groups who will curate, introduce, and interpret programs for particular audiences. Members will be able to listen to the audio files and participants will be able to download their own sessions.

The OAH is excited to provide this opportunity to amplify the work of historians both inside the historical community and beyond it. According to OAH President Elect Edward Ayers, “This initiative will help with OAH’s effort to build community and share ideas between our members and those studying, teaching, and interpreting U.S. history. In short, this will allow the OAH to imagine a new kind of academic annual meeting and perhaps, serve as an example for other academic associations.”

Posted: January 10, 2017
Tagged: Grants, News of the Organization


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. 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.

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


Reminder - 2017 OAH Election Information

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.

2017 Slate of Candidates

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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.

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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. 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.

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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


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

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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 and can also be found along with past board action items and reports here.

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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 Collective Bargaining and Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent History Faculty

The Organization of American Historians has released a 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...

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Posted: December 7, 2015
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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.

A full list of those scholarly organizations as well as the OAH's full statement can be found here. 

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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

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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

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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.

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


Renew Early and Win

Renew your membership before the fall rush and be entered to win one of our great prizes: two free registrations to the 2016 Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island; a free night's stay during the annual meeting; two Amazon gift certificates; or our grand prize, a Fitbit Charge HR. To be included in the drawing, you must renew no later than September 30. (Those who have already renewed memberships that expire on 10/31/2015 will automatically be included in the drawing.) You can renew online through the OAH Member Services Portal, by phone, or by mail.

Please call us at (812) 855-7311 (between 8am and 5pm ET), if you need assistance retrieving your username or password or if you would like to renew by phone.

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