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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.

Read More>>

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 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


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


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


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


New OAH Lecture Videos Available

Catch up with selected OAH Distinguished Lecturers on the OAH YouTube channel

Recently posted lectures include:

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


Action Alert: Urge Congress to Restore Funding for K-12 History and Civics Education

Negotiations to finalize a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will resume when Congress returns after Labor Day. Members of the House and Senate will be meeting to iron out the differences between the versions of the bill passed by each body. Quite simply, the Senate bill restores federal funding for K-12 history and civics education while the House bill does not.

The Senate version includes four provisions that create funding for high quality American history, civics, geography, and economics education. Some House Majority Conferees, however, have already declared their top priority in conference to be eliminating as many new programs and grants as possible. This poses a direct threat to the Senate provisions that could inject much needed funding into history, civics, and the social studies.

The Organization of American Historians and the National Coalition for History (NCH) urgently need you to contact your member of the House of Representatives. Congressmen Ross (R-FL) and Cicilline (D-RI) have drafted and distributed a sign-on letter urging their colleagues to adopt the history and civics provisions in the Senate's version of the bill. We need your help collecting as many signatures on this "Dear Colleague" letter as possible before September 11th so that this letter can have an important impact on the negotiations.

Please urge your representative to sign the "Dear Colleague" letter supporting key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

Send an email directly to House members!

Follow this link to NCH's website for more information.

We cannot overstress the importance of this effort. Congress has not reauthorized the ESEA in 15 years so this is likely our only opportunity to get funding restored for K-12 history and civics education. Time is of the essence, please act today!

Jon Butler
OAH President 2015-2016
Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Yale University
Adjunct Research Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Katherine Finley
Executive Director
Organization of American Historians

Posted: August 21, 2015
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement on Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Shared Governance—and the University of Wisconsin System

The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians strongly supports the statement on academic freedom and tenure issued by more than twenty of our fellow scholarly organizations. The academic freedom secured through tenure and a partnership between faculty and administration in governing standards is a linchpin of intellectual inquiry in American higher education. Together, tenure and shared university governance stand at the heart of advanced research and vigorous teaching, as has been recognized explicitly in Wisconsin since its Board of Regents' report of 1894.

The OAH Executive Committee shares the grave concerns voiced by our fellow scholarly associations that the proposed changes to the University of Wisconsin tenure system will irreparably damage protections for free inquiry in one of the nation's most distinguished public universities, undermining its model achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching. A threat to the continuation of tenure at the University of Wisconsin threatens the vitality of all higher education in the United States, for erosion of academic freedom anywhere threatens free inquiry as a principle and practice everywhere.

The statement from the twenty scholarly associations supported by the OAH Executive Committee can be found here.

Update: The OAH has recieved several letters thanking the Organization for our support.

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


New Member Benefit - The History Teacher

OAH Members can now add a discounted subscription to The History Teacher to their membership. The History Teacher is a quarterly journal devoted to the art and practice of teaching. The OAH is committed to providing our members with tools that positively impact their careers and is pleased to partner with the Society for History Education to expand our teaching tool offerings.

Subscriptions can be added to your membership when you renew online or by calling (812) 855-7311 between 8am and 5pm ET.

For More Information

Posted: July 9, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


Public History Employer Survey

What historical skills are most in demand? What do employers want, and where do they see new needs developing? These questions are the focus of a new survey developed by a joint task force of the American Association of State and Local History and the National Council on Public History, American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians.

The aim is to compile reliable data about the public history job market. Results will be made available to sponsoring organizations and public history educators. If you employ public historians, we need to hear from you!

For the purposes of the survey, anyone who is involved in hiring public historians is considered an employer. Please share this survey with friends and colleagues!

Take the survey here!

Posted: July 9, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH LGBTQ Committee Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

The Organization of American (OAH) Historians Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Historians and Histories celebrates the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states and making marriage equality a reality. The decision's grounding in historical scholarship and its citation of amicus briefs written and signed by historians, including OAH president-elect Nancy Cott, George Chauncey, and many other OAH members, testifies to the transformative power of writing and teaching history. We hope that this historic decision quickens the momentum toward justice for all people across lines of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability, religion, and nationality.

Regina Kunzel, Chair (Princeton University)
Marc Stein (San Francisco State University)
Anne E. Parsons (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
Leila Rupp (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Nicholas Syrett (University of Northern Colorado)
Karen Halttunen, Executive Board Liaison (University of Southern California)

Posted: June 29, 2015
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Organization, News of the Profession


U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage

In a historic civil rights ruling issued today in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage a right available to all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. The OAH Executive Board submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petitioners written by historian and OAH member George Chauncey on the history of discrimination against gay men and lesbians in America. This brief was cited specifically by Justice Anthony Kennedy in his majority opinion in today's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, as was the historical scholarship of OAH president-elect Nancy Cott and other prominent American historians.

Read the OAH LGBTQ Committee statement here.

Read the Supreme Court decision here.

Read the amicus curiae brief here.

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


It's Not Too Late to Register for the 2015 OAH Regional Workshop

There's still space for the 3-day workshop, "Diversity in the American West," which will be held on the campus of Glendale Community College, located ten miles north of downtown Los Angeles, from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Read here for additional information about the event.

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


Support the OAH, Contribute to the Annual Fund

It's not too late to give to the OAH Annual Fund. The Annual Fund helps support programs and publications of the organization not covered by dues. Contributions to the Annual Fund can be made here.

Posted: June 10, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization


Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel Responds

As those of you who attended the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis know, the host hotel--The Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel--was under construction. Hotel management had not notified us of the extent of the construction prior to our arrival, and they did not realize the extent to which that construction affected our meeting. After numerous discussions with them, they have issued the following letter apologizing for not understanding how disruptive this construction was to our group.

Read the letter here.

Posted: June 9, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization