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“News of the Profession” includes announcements of special interest to American historians and practitioners at all levels. Please submit your announcement using this form.

National Humanities Alliance Update

Thank you to all OAH members who wrote or called their members of congress to voice their concern about proposed cuts to the NEH earlier this year. The National Humanities Alliance (NHA), of which OAH is part, has prepared a report detailing their efforts and those to come. To read NHA Executive Director Steven Kidd's entire report, click here.

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Posted: September 28, 2017
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession


Hurricane Harvey

Many OAH members live and work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey this past week. The scope of devastation in the region is immense. There are many avenues to help the victims. National Public Radio has compiled a list of organizations, both local and national, who are taking donations.

Our thoughts go out to our members and all those in the region. We welcome all suggestions on how the OAH can best assist the history community in the region.

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Posted: September 1, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments

The OAH Executive Committee has endorsed the AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments. We would especially like to emphasize that:

  • "To remove a monument, or to change the name of a school or street, is not to erase history, but rather to alter or call attention to a previous interpretation of history," and 

  • "To remove such monuments is neither to 'change' history nor 'erase' it.  What changes with such removals is what American communities decide is worthy of civic honor."

We are grateful for the many OAH members who have spoken on this issue.

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Posted: August 31, 2017
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Organization, News of the Profession


The Organization of American Historians Launches New Media Resource

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) is pleased to announce a new resource for members of the media. With over 7,000 member historians, the OAH can connect you with subject matter experts on topics ranging from the Electoral College, executive orders, U.S.-Russian relations, and everything in between. In these contentious times, understanding our nation’s history is of critical importance.

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Posted: July 27, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Advocacy


America in Class Webinar Series

The National Humanities Center is proud to launch the 2017-2018 America in Class webinar series with an exclusive streaming event of Teacher of the Year, a new documentary that offers a poignant look at the teaching profession through the eyes of North Carolina high school social studies teacher Angie Scoli.

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Posted: June 27, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Action Alert--Oppose Budget Cuts to Vital History Programs

On May 23, President Trump sent his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request to Congress. As expected, it included devastating cuts to federal history and humanities funding including elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

House Appropriations Committee subcommittees will be drafting their spending bills between now and the end of June. It is critical that you contact your members of Congress in support of these vital federal programs. 

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Posted: June 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


TREC Short-term Travel Awards at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

To encourage use of its equity-related collections, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History offers 4 short-term travel awards for researchers to come to the Museum and use the Archives Center's 20,000 feet of archival materials. Each recipient is awarded a lump sum of $1,500 to support 10 days of research in residence.

The TREC (Travel Research in Equity Collections) award is intended for research in NMAH collections related to one or more of the following: disability; gender; LGBTQ and sexuality; and race and ethnicity. Researchers may be at any level or rank, from any institution as well as independent scholars, writers, journalists, artists, or film-makers.

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Posted: June 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Awards and Prizes


2017 National Underground Railroad Conference – Please Join Us!

The OAH is pleased to be partnering once again with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the NPS National Underground Railroad Conference.
This year's conference, "On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands," will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017. 

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Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Edward L. Ayers Begins Term as OAH President

Edward L. Ayers began his term as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for 2017-2018 on April 8.

Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond.

"The OAH has been doing important work for over a century," Ayers said, "and plays a critical role in the nation today. We will be undertaking ambitious projects in the coming year, so I hope people will stay tuned."

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Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement in Support of NEH and NEA

The following statement was unanimously approved by the OAH Executive Committee on March 29, 2017:

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly urges the U.S. Congress to include funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts at similar or higher levels than in the past in the upcoming national budget. We urge the Congress to resist efforts to defund and eliminate these essential agencies, which have been crucial in bringing the benefits of the arts and humanities to the American public for over a half-century. The Organization of American Historians applauds the way that communities across the United States—in every state and every district—have shared in the excitement of learning about their own histories through the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Posted: March 29, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards

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Posted: March 10, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships, Grants


DPLA Announces New Grant

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) recently announced a new grant that funds continued work around educator professional development and expansion of our Primary Source Sets project. They have just opened a call for excellent instructors in higher education to join their Education Advisory Committee to assist with this exciting new initiative.

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Posted: March 8, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


#ImmigrationSyllabus - A New Project by the Immigration History Research Center

Immigration historians associated with the Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Center have launched the #ImmigrationSyllabus website, an educational resource that offers historical context to today's immigration debate. 


Additionally, they have annotated and analyzed the Trump Executive Order banning immigrants. It can be seen here.

Read more about the project here. 

Access the syllabus here. 

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Judges Needed

Many National History Day Affiliates are in need of judges for their local and state history day contests. If you would like to volunteer and help foster students' love of history, you can find your local affiliate here.

If you would like to judge at the national competition held in College Park, MD, in June, visit the National History Day website for more information and to volunteer.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Park Services Names New Chief Historian

Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe began duty as the National Park Service's new Chief Historian on January 8, 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master's degree in United States history from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's degree in history from Howard University. Read the full announcement from the National Coalition for History here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Humanities Seminar - Free Webinar

The OAH is co-sponsoring the America in Class webinar series with the National Humanities Center this spring. Teaching John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath with David Wrobel will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm EST.

The webinar is 90 minutes long and free for teachers by using the promo code NHCED. Additional information is available here. Register here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Western Historical Association Conference

The Call for Papers for the 58th Annual Conference of the Western History Association, October 17-20, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, is now available. The conference theme is Reimagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.

The submission deadline is September 1, 2017 for individual papers and December 1, 2017 for organized panels.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Executive Order

The Executive Board of the OAH has endorsed and joined with the American Historical Association in its statement opposing President Trump's January 27 executive order. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order.

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Posted: February 20, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


NEH Summer Institute - Gender, the State, and the 1977 International Women's Year Conference

Seminar hosts Drs. Nancy Beck Young and Leandra Zarnow invite applications from all college and university educators to "Gender, The State, and the 1977 International Women's Year Conference," to be held on the University of Houston-main campus June 12-18, 2017. A stipend (taxable) will be provided to each selected Summer Scholar.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Notification letters for all applicants will be sent via email by March 31, 2017.

For more information about the Summer Seminar and to apply please visit this website.

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Posted: February 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Advocacy Alert - IRB Exception for Oral History

On January 19 the federal government issued its final rule governing Institutional Review Boards (IRB) which "explicitly removes" oral history and journalism from the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The historical community, collaborating through the National Coalition for History, has long argued that scholarly history projects should not be subject to standard IRB procedures since they are designed for the research practices of the sciences.

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Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy