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2015 OAH Regional Workshop - Registration Opens May 4

Registration for the OAH's Summer 2015 Regional Workshop will open on May 4. The 3-day workshop, titled "Diversity in the American West," 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: May 1, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

OAH Members Honored as Pulitzer Prize Winner and Finalist

OAH member Elizabeth A. Fenn, an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, has received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in history for her work, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (2014). Fenn's study explores the history of the Mandans, a Native American tribe in the Dakotas. She holds the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Chair in Western American History. Fenn is also the coauthor, with Peter H. Wood, of Natives and Newcomers: The Way We Lived in North Carolina before 1770 (1983) and the author of the award-winning Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 (2001).

Sven Beckert, also an OAH member, was nominated as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), which argues that slavery was crucial to the dynamism of the industrial revolution. He is the Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University.

Please join us in congratulating OAH members Fenn and Beckert on their accomplishments!

Posted: May 1, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Clio's Kudos

2015 National Underground Railroad Conference

The OAH is pleased to be partnering with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the 2015 National Underground Railroad Conference, June 17-20, 2015, to be held in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The theme of the four-day conference is, "Into the Light: Striving for Freedom and 'an equal chance in the battle of life.'"

More information about this year's theme and the conference, including hotel and registration information, can be found here.

Posted: April 30, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

Meet the New OAH Distinguished Lecturers

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to welcome 47 new OAH Distinguished Lecturers for 2015-2016. Visit the lectureship web site for a complete list of these newly appointed lecturers and make plans to host one in the coming academic year. Read about the new lecturers here.

Posted: April 29, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Thank You to All Our Volunteers; Deadline to Volunteer May 1!

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the OAH wishes to thank our many volunteers for their service and dedication to the organization!

If you would like to be considered for a volunteer position on one of our many committees or boards, please complete the Volunteer Form by logging into the OAH Member Services Portal here.

The deadline to be considered for committees for the upcoming year is May 1!

Posted: April 28, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Annual Meeting 2015 Media Coverage

Were you unable to attend the Annual Meeting in St. Louis? Check out the coverage listed below!

Visit History News Network for comprehensive reports on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. HNN's Rick Shenkman was in St. Louis to cover the meeting. You'll find links to HNN interviews, conference highlights, and more at "The 2015 OAH Annual Meeting: Videos, News, Everything."

Historians Bring National Conference to St. Louis, Seek to Historicize Ferguson: An interview with Patty Limerick, Peter Kastor, and Donna Murch on St. Louis Public Radio
● Why Historians Should Demand the Washington "Redskins" Change their Name
● Income Inequality in the History Profession
● The Church Committee at 40
● Historicizing Ferguson: Police Violence and the Genesis of a National Movement

Young People Voting at Age 18? That's Not Revolutionary! - Russ Henderson
How the Media Misrepresented Arizona's Fight over Immigrants - Robert Poch
●  - Jonathan Pritchett and Charles Calomiris
A Horrific Case of Murder that Reinforces Gay Stereotypes - Lauren Gutterman
The Rags to Riches Myth of Immigrants - Hasia Diner
How to Get Your Op Ed Published - Jonathan Zimmerman
The War on Drugs - Julilly Kohler-Hausmann
Is the Common Core a Threat to the Study of History? - Johann Neem
The Birth of Originalism and Its Adoption by Conservatives - Logan Sawyer
How to Get Students Interested in History - Mark Carnes
The View from the Inside...The OAH's Courageous Stand against Racism in 2000 - Darlene Clark Hine

#OAH2015 also generated thousands of tweets by attendees on hundreds of topics. Find out what everyone was talking about on Process, OAH's new blog. And see the complete list of 2015 award winners here.

Posted: April 26, 2015
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Organization

Update on Indiana RFRA Law

On April 2, the Indiana General Assembly amended the RFRA law that had been signed by Governor Mike Pence on March 26, 2015. The fix for the law specifically notes that the RFRA does not authorize a provider — including businesses or individuals — to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, goods, employment, housing or public accommodation to any member of the public based on sexual orientation or gender identity, in addition to race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex or military service. Churches and other nonprofit religious organizations (including affiliated schools) are exempt from the definition of "provider."

After an overwhelming outcry to repeal or fix the bill, the bill with the new language, was signed into law by Governor Pence on April 2, 2015. Most of the businesses and associations were pleased with the new language although most now want the state to pass a nondiscrimination law for all protected classes, including sexual orientation and gender identity. While not on the table previously, the state legislature has said it will consider such a bill next session.

Posted: April 6, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement of Opposition to Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act"

On Thursday, March 26, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" despite exceptionally strong protests of the Republican Mayor of Indianapolis, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, headquartered in Indianapolis), Visit Indy (the Indianapolis convention bureau), churches, and many individuals presenting multiple petitions. As the statements of these individuals and groups indicate, the Act does not reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of Indianapolis and Bloomington residents or of Indiana's many other cities that have worked hard to welcome residents of many backgrounds and views, creating a highly diverse state. The OAH Executive Committee has issued the statement below regarding the Act and is writing the Governor and the leaders in the Indiana House and Senate indicating its strong disapproval of this Act.

"The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians, headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, strongly urges the Indiana Legislature and Governor Mike Pence to repeal the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' signed into law March 26, 2015. The Act carries alarming potential for abuse in the form of discrimination on many grounds--religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation. The OAH strongly condemns any legislation that can be employed to discriminate against any person, whether on the basis of 'any exercise of religion' or simple personal ethnic or racial prejudice. The OAH Executive Committee urges the immediate repeal of this Act to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all residents of the State of Indiana and visitors to the state."

An article was written in The New York Times on the reactions of Indiana citizens and businesses. That article can be read here.

The Organization of American Historians is an external agency of Indiana University and is housed on the Bloomington, IN campus. The President of IU, Michael McRobbie, issued a statement about the passing of the new law. It can be read here.

In an unusual move, the Indianapolis Star on March 31, 2015 placed an editorial on its front page demanding that this bill be fixed - read more here.

Earlier articles in the Indianapolis Star about the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act":

The text of the new law can be read in full here.

Posted: March 28, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, Advocacy

OAH Amicus Brief Filed in Same-Sex Marriage Case

The OAH has submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case, James Obergefell, et al. vs. Richard Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Public Health. Written by OAH member George Chauncey, professor of history and American studies at Yale University, the brief focuses on the history of discrimination against gays. Opening oral arguments are expected to be heard in the last week of April, with a decision to be issued the last week of June.

Read the brief in full.

Posted: March 9, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Advocacy

Important Hotel Information for Annual Meeting

The Renaissance Grand Hotel is sold out on the evening on Wednesday, April 15. The OAH Annual Meeting opens on Thursday, April 16 at noon. For those who are able, we encourage you to come to St. Louis on Thursday morning, for those who must fly in on Wednesday we are working on overflow hotels for Wednesday evening.

Please check here for information on overflow hotels.

Not yet registered for the meeting? You can do so online or by calling (812) 855-7311 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET.

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

Posted: March 8, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

OAH Election Results

The results are in! Congratulations to our newest Executive Board and Nominating Board members. After the Annual Meeting, Jon Butler, Yale University, emeritus, will become OAH President, Nancy Cott, Harvard University, will become President-Elect, and Ed Ayers, University of Richmond, will become Vice President.

Joining the Executive Board are:
Stephanie J. Shaw - Ohio State University
Karen Halttunen - University of Southern California
James W. Oberly - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Joining the Nominating Board are:
Margot Canaday - Princeton University
Bruce A. Lesh - Franklin High School, Baltimore County (MD)
Rhonda Y. Williams - Case Western Reserve University

Posted: March 5, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

We've Launched a Blog: "Process"

Process will complement OAH programs and publications, serving as a dynamic way to engage contemporary discussions on researching, teaching, and working in the field of U.S. history. It will present interesting, original submissions from a wide-ranging and diverse digital community of public historians, teachers, academics, students, and researchers.

To learn more about Process, visit the about page.

If you would like to contribute, please contact us at blog@oah.org with a short pitch-no longer than 300 words-for a blog post.

Posted: March 5, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Meet One-on-One with Publishers at "Pub" Hub in St. Louis

The Organization of American Historians is committed to building community and providing opportunities that nurture and expand the U.S. history profession. In Atlanta, we introduced the "Hey, I Know Your Work!" Mentorship Program, which matches current students and recent graduates with established scholars for networking and mentorship at the conference and beyond.

For the 2016 Annual Meeting, we invite registered members who have a manuscript, dissertation, or proposal to sign up to meet with a publisher in a private and comfortable setting on Saturday morning. Publishers and their acquisition interests are listed here.

Eligibility and guidelines: This program is only available to current OAH members who are registered to attend the 2015 OAH Meeting in St. Louis. Each participant may only sign up for one meeting. Space is limited in this introductory year, each fifteen minute meeting is scheduled on a first come, first served basis on Saturday morning between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

Not yet registered for the meeting? You can do so online or by calling (812) 855-7311 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET.

Posted: March 4, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

The American Historian's Website is Now Live!

It includes:

Explore the TAH website.

The February issue of The American Historian is in the mail!

Posted: March 4, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

Call for Papers: 2015 National Underground Railroad Conference

The National Park Service, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Project, and its partners, including the OAH, will host the 2015 National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina June 17-20, 2015. The conference organizers welcome panels and single-paper proposals on this year's theme, "Into the Light: Striving for Freedom" in which we will explore the transition from enslavement to freedom before, during, and after the Civil War, and commemorate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War and the adoption of the 13th Amendment.

The deadline for submissions is March 2. Follow this link to submit a proposal: http://proposals.oah.org/nurc/

More information about the conference can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/index.htm

Posted: February 3, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession

Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Fall 2014

The OAH Executive Board held its fall meeting November 1–2 in St. Louis, Missouri, and approved several agenda items including the minutes from its spring meeting, the Committee on Committees' recommendations for appointments to OAH service and award committees, and an update to the 1990 statement on session participant diversity at the OAH Annual Meeting. Read more>>

Posted: January 27, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization

New 2015 OAH Summer Regional Workshop

The 3-day workshop, titled Diversity in the American West, 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. The Program Committee invites proposals from college faculty (from both two-year and four-year institutions); high school faculty, including AP History instructors; historical researchers and writers; librarians: museum curators; public historians; advanced graduate students; and other educational professionals. Read More>>

Posted: January 19, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession

OAH Releases 2014 Annual Report

The OAH is pleased to share with you its 2014 OAH Annual Report. The annual report includes reports from the president, executive director, executive editor, and treasurer, as well as updates from major departments and programs within the organization. Read more >>

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

OAH Issues Statement Regarding Steven Salaita

OAH Issues Statement Regarding Steven Salaita
The OAH Executive Committee was authorized to prepare a statement addressing Steven Salaita's termination at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After preparation of the statement, the OAH Executive Board approved sending the statement to the Chancellor at the University of Illinois and representatives at the American Association of University Professors.

Statement from the OAH Executive Board, November 2, 2014
The OAH Executive Board strongly endorses the American Historical Association's August 31, 2014, statement on the Salaita appointment, a copy of which is enclosed. We concur with the AHA's declaration that "'civility is a laudable ideal, and many of us wish that American public life had more of it today." But we also affirm the AHA's recognition that "The First Amendment protects speech, both civil and uncivil." Thus the OAH joins the AHA in its support of academic freedom.
The OAH Executive Board believes that the actions taken in Professor Salaita's case threaten standards of academic expression and send a chilling message to faculty, staff, and students whose personal and professional views may be controversial.
To read the American Historical Association's letter to the Chancellor at the University of Illinois, click here.

Posted: December 16, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization

Vicki Ruiz Selected as a 2015 National Women's History Month Honoree

Vicki Ruiz, Educator and Pioneer in Latina History, has been named an Honoree for National Women's History Month for 2015. Her achievements will be recognized and celebrated by the National Women's History Project on March 28, 2015 at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Each year, March is designated as National Women's History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The 2015 theme for National Women's History Month, Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives presents the opportunity to weave women's stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric our nation's history.

Vicki Ruiz was the first in her family to receive any advanced degree, earning a Ph.D in History at Stanford in 1982. Two months later she showed up for her first teaching position with a baby on her hip and another on the way. Over the course of three decades, Ruiz has been a major force in shaping the field of Chicana history.

In 2012, when she became the first Latina historian inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, for her ...pioneering scholarship and leadership. ...Skillfully blending insights from the history of women, of workers, and from the arena of ethnic studies...she inspired a generation of students and scholars to think seriously about how the examination of one large and complicated ethnic group can help us understand U.S. history writ large."

Over three decades, Dr. Ruiz has published over fifty essays and a dozen books including Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America. Her edited collections include Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women's History and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. . Ruiz, explains: "I have had the privilege of interviewing people whose quiet courage made a difference in their lives and in their communities."

Dr. Ruiz has contributed to numerous public history projects, including documentaries, museum exhibits, and oral history programs. She is President-elect of the American Historical Association.
The National Women's History Project is proud to honor Dr. Ruiz's scholarship and leadership which has been pivotal in recognizing the importance of women's history as essential to the fabric of our national story.

For more information contact: The National Women's History Project by going to www.nwhp.org or call (707) 636-2888

Posted: November 17, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization