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Statement from the OAH Academic Freedom Committee on the Broader Implications of the UNC Decision to Deny a Tenured Appointment to Nikole Hannah-Jones
On May 19, we learned of the extraordinary decision to rescind an offer of a tenured appointment at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media to Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning Black journalist who spearheaded the New York Times 1619 Project. Instead, the Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow was offered a five-year appointment without tenure. The decision came not from the faculty nor even the UNC administration, but from the UNC Board of Trustees. The dean of the Hussman School, Susan King, commented, “It’s disappointing, it’s not what we wanted and I am afraid it will have a chilling effect.”
OAH Joins NCH Opposing "Divisive Concepts" Legislation
Legislation currently under consideration by numerous state legislatures around the country menaces the academic freedom essential to all classrooms, especially those where history is the focus of discussion and debate. The OAH has joined with the more than 50 member organizations of the National Coalition for History to oppose these efforts.
New OAH Podcast Explores the History of Public Health
Intervals, the OAH’s new podcast, is now available. Developed by the Marketing and Communications Committee, the first season of Intervals explores the history of public health in North America. Christopher Brick's series introduction can be found in all podcast directories, and new episodes will be posted weekly on Wednesdays. This project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.