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Stay up to date with news of the Organization of American Historians through our “News of the Organization” section.

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>>

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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 >>

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Posted: January 18, 2015
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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.

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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.

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


The OAH Strongly Urges Support of the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014

The Organization of American Historians strongly urges support of S. 2712, the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014, recently sponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois to allow adjunct, contingent and other part-time faculty to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. As it currently stands, the PSLF program encourages graduating students to apply for and continue to work full-time in public service jobs.  After making 120 payments (10 years of student loan payments) graduates may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program while employed full-time by selected public service employers in such careers as the military, public education, public health and law enforcement.

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Posted: October 23, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization


Resolution of Appreciation to the Journal of American History

The Association for Documentary Editing passed a resolution of appreciation commending the Journal of American History for its support of the field of documentary editing. The Association thanks the Journal of American History for providing their members with important peer reviews of the work they do.

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Posted: October 22, 2014
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OAH Statement on the AP Test

The Organization of American Historians supports the Revised Framework for the Advanced Placement and U.S. History Course and Exam. In response to recent criticism of the College Board, the OAH affirms that expert teachers and scholars of good will designed and conducted the extensive process of revision. The OAH is proud to be associated with these dedicated and professional teachers and historians. Many are OAH members.

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Posted: August 29, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization


President Obama Honors Three OAH Past Presidents with National Humanities Medals

On Monday, President Barack Obama will present National Humanities Medals to historians David Brion Davis, Darlene Clark Hine, and Anne Firor Scott. All three honorees have served the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as president and are lifetime members. "We join all Americans in applauding the contributions these three individuals have made to their areas of research, and we thank them for their legacy of support to OAH," said Patricia Limerick, OAH President. Learn More >

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Posted: July 25, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, Clio's Kudos, News of the Organization


Your Help Urgently Needed--July 24 Comment Deadline

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a list of supplemental funding priorities, and unfortunately, history and civics are not included. This list of supplemental priorities and definitions to be used in awarding discretionary (competitive) grants made by the Department repeals their 2010 list. Please help the OAH and the National Coalition of History salvage history and civic education as priority funding areas. Read the OAH's letter to the Department of Education here. Please comment by July 24 on the importance of funding history and civics education by going here.

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Posted: July 22, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Update on Proposed NEH Budget Cuts

The OAH just recieved the following advocacy update from Stephen Kidd, Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance. "Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that rescinds the proposed $8 million cut to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks to the many of you who responded to last week's action alert, the amendment passed with substantial bipartisan support.This is a very important step in preserving NEH's capacity. In the coming weeks, we may need to call on you to contact your elected officials again as this funding bill proceeds through Congress and faces additional challenges."

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Posted: July 16, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


2016 OAH Annual Meeting Call for Proposals--"On Leadership"

The theme for the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting to be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI, is "On Leadership." Proposals will be accepted online between December 1, 2014 and January 23, 2015. To read the full CFP as well as general information about submitting proposals and presenting at the OAH Annual Meeting, please use the link below.

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Posted: July 15, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


AHA - OAH Summer Reception

The Fourth Annual AHA - OAH Summer reception will be held on July 29, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in Washington, D.C. Take a break from your research or sightseeing and visit with fellow historians at the AHA headquarters on Capitol Hill. Adam Rothman, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, will be on hand to represent the OAH for the evening. For more information or to RSVP, please use the link below. Click for more information or to RSVP

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Posted: July 15, 2014
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Renew Early and Win

Back by popular demand! Renew your membership before the fall rush and be entered to win one of our great prizes. We have free registration to the annual meeting in St. Louis, a free night's stay during the annual meeting, Amazon gift certificates, and our grand prize, a Kindle Fire. Learn More >

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Posted: July 15, 2014
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Important OAH Award Deadlines

There are nineteen OAH Prizes and Awards that have deadlines beginning October 1, 2014, including our newest, the Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in US Women's and/or Gender History (November 1 deadline) established this past spring at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Learn More >

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Posted: July 15, 2014
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Call for Proposals: Research and Write a Comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic SiteThe Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) have worked collaboratively for nearly twenty years on a variety of projects that aim to make the presentation of American history at NPS sites and programs as current, nuanced, and effective as possible. The OAH and NPS presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site located in Independence, California. Learn more >

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Posted: June 11, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


2014 National Underground Railroad Conference

The registration deadline has been extended to June 30! The OAH has partnered with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Michigan Freedom Trail, to host the 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference, July 16-20 in Detroit, Michigan. The five-day conference—now in its eighth year—takes as its theme, "'I Resolved Never to Be Conquered': Women and the Underground Railroad." Learn more >

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Posted: May 30, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


OAH Program Committee Finalizes 2015 Program for St. Louis Meeting

The 2015 OAH Program Committee and the meetings staff have been busy in recent weeks finalizing the program for the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis (April 16-19). The theme of the meeting is "Taboos." More than 570 notices were sent during the week of May 19 to individuals regarding the status of their submissions for next year's conference. Read more >

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Posted: May 29, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


May 2014 OAH Outlook is Here

The latest issue of OAH Outlook will soon arrive in your mailbox. In it you will find OAH President Patricia Limerick's inaugural column in which she solicits your help in enlightening the public about the work of historians. The May issue also includes a look back at the successful annual meeting last month in Atlanta, provides updates on news of the organization—including actions taken by the OAH Executive Board at its spring meeting—and the latest advocacy news from Capitol Hill, the National Archives, and more. Read the May issue online >

Posted: May 29, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization


From the OAH President: "Professors—I Need Your Help!"

Patricia Limerick (Photo courtesy of Honey Lindburg)I am eager to do what I can to deepen public appreciation of you and your work. To pull this off, I need your help—which I will beg for a few paragraphs from here.

On February 15, 2014, The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof started his column by using sixteen words to flatter academics, and then using eleven words to wound and dismiss them. "Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors," he said. And then he moved in for the kill: "but most of them just don't matter in today's great debates." Read more >

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Posted: May 21, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession