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

OAH Reaches out to its Members in Japan

OAH President Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University, and OAH Executive Director Katherine Finley, contacted OAH members in Japan offering assistance after the devastation caused by the recent natural disaster in their country.

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Posted: April 18, 2011
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Action items from the Spring 2011 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its spring 2011 meeting held on March 17 at the Hilton Houston-Americas in Houston, Texas, the OAH Executive Board took action on various items on its agenda.

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Posted: April 17, 2011
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Action items from the Fall 2010 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its fall 2010 meeting at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C., on November 13-14, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

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Posted: April 16, 2011
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An Open Letter to OAH Members in Wisconsin

In an open letter to Wisconsin members, OAH Past President David Hollinger, the Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley, shares his thoughts on the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin and its impact on the 2012 OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

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Posted: April 14, 2011
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OAH Executive Board Approves Standards for Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty

At its 2011 annual meeting, the OAH Executive Board approved five standards and best practices for how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize nontenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

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Posted: March 31, 2011
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OAH Speaks out on Academic Freedom

The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians issued a statement on March 30, 2011, supporting academic freedom and deploring the recent efforts of Wisconsin politicians to intimidate OAH member and professor William Cronon.

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Posted: March 30, 2011
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Save Teaching American History Grants
Contact Your United States Senator Now!

The Organization of American Historians is asking you to email letters to your U.S. Senators as soon as possible regarding saving the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program and Civic Education funding (through competitive grants). Legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that would fund federal programs for the rest of this fiscal year, FY2011.

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Posted: February 18, 2011
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OAH Launches Online Career Center

The OAH is pleased to announce the opening of the OAH Career Center, a new benefit for OAH members. Individuals wishing to make professional career connections may browse available jobs, or use advanced search tools to target positions by keyword, location, and other criteria. To get started, visit:

More information is available at: http://careers.oah.org/

Posted: February 16, 2011
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OAH Seeks New Treasurer

Applications and nominations are now welcome for the office of Treasurer of the OAH. The late Robert Griffith, who served admirably in the post, was forced by illness to resign effective January 1, 2011. Jay Goodgold is serving as Interim Treasurer until a new Treasurer can be found.

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Posted: February 16, 2011
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Minutes: 2010 OAH Business Meeting

The OAH President presides at the annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians, which takes place each spring during the annual convention. In addition to hearing reports from the president, executive director, treasurer, executive editor, and nominating board, the membership welcomes to office the newly-elected officers and board members. Read the minutes from the meeting at

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/about/papers/reports/

Posted: February 8, 2011
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2011 OAH Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2011 OAH Election. This year’s ballot also included a referendum on proposed changes to the OAH Constitution which passed by an overwhelming margin. Total ballots cast in the 2011 OAH Election: 1,718 (21.8%). Please join us in congratulating our new officers and board members whose terms begin after the 2011 OAH Business Meeting in Houston, Texas, Saturday March 19. View Results >

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Posted: February 8, 2011
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Publishing Begins with Oxford University Press

January 2011 marks the beginning of the OAH's publishing partnership with Oxford University Press. In addition to publishing the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History each quarter, Oxford University Press will assume the online hosting of both titles from the History Cooperative. Follow this link to access the December 2010 issue of the Journal of American History online:

More information is available at: http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/issues/972/

Posted: February 2, 2011
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OAH Treasurer Steps Down

Robert Griffith has resigned as OAH Treasurer for reasons of health, effective January 1. OAH President David Hollinger has appointed Jay Goodgold as interim OAH Treasurer. Goodgold will serve until a search for a new Treasurer has been conducted. In announcing this transition, Hollinger expressed his gratitude to Griffith for his dedicated service as Treasurer and expert supervision of the OAH’s finances during his tenure. “Bob has been an exemplary Board member in every way,” said Hollinger, “and a Treasurer of rare wisdom and technical acuity.”

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Posted: January 22, 2011
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Printed Program Hits the Streets

The 2011 OAH Annual Meeting Program was mailed to all current members of the organization at the end of December. In addition to the printed program, you may download a copy online at:

More information is available at: http://annualmeeting.oah.org/

Posted: January 21, 2011
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In Houston, Diversity Is on the Menu

Houston, the host for OAH’s 2011 annual meeting, is a city of neighborhoods–a big city with a small-town feel. Kathleen A. Brosnan, University of Houston, takes us on a culinary tour of the city and shares with us Robb Walsh’s “Top Ten H-Town Ethnic Eateries.” Read more at:

More information is available at: http://annualmeeting.oah.org/about/houston_2011/diversity_is_on_the_menu.html

Posted: January 21, 2011
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January OAH Magazine of History Focuses on Colonial America

The January 2011 issue of the OAH Magazine of History, the first to be published with Oxford University Press, focuses on teaching the history of colonial America. It includes articles by the issue’s consulting editor Karin Wulf, Juliana Barr, Christopher Hodson and Brett Rushforth, and James Horn, as well as teaching strategies by Erik Seeman, William White, and Matt Moore. Editor Carl Weinberg’s column and Seeman’s article on teaching the history of death in colonial North America are also featured online. Follow this link to view the table of contents, selected articles, and supplementary documents:

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/publications/moh/issues/251/

Posted: January 21, 2011
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2010 OAH Treasurer’s Report

OAH Treasurer Robert Griffith discusses the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2010.

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Posted: December 3, 2010
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Online Balloting Opens for the 2011 OAH Election

The online balloting system for the OAH 2011 Election is now open. Members will receive an e-mail containing voting instructions and a direct link (with an embedded access code) to the system. The election closes on February 1, 2011. In addition to the slate of candidates for OAH offices, the 2011 ballot contains a question regarding changes to the OAH Constitution. The proposed changes, recommended by the OAH Executive Board, are meant to either clarify sections of the OAH Constitution or to meet best practices in nonprofit governance. For more information about the ballot including proposed changes to the Constitution, click here.

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Posted: December 1, 2010
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Register Now for the 2011 OAH Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2011 OAH Annual Meeting in Houston, March 17 to 20! Members can save as much as $50 now by taking advantage of \"early bird\" registration rates. Read more >

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Posted: October 5, 2010
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2011 OAH Election: Meet the Candidates

Each fall, individual members of the Organization of American Historians cast their ballots in the annual OAH election using the slate of candidates prepared by the OAH Nominating Board. Each candidate is asked to prepare a biographical outline, including five of their most important publications, grants, fellowships, honors and awards, along with a brief personal statement. Read more >

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Posted: October 4, 2010
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