Former OAH Presidents Ruiz and Hollinger named board members of the Columbia University Oral History Project on the Obama Presidency

on May 16, 2019, Columbia University announced, that the Columbia Center for Oral History had been selected by the Obama Foundation to conduct the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. The project will begin this July and continue for the next five years, with some 400 interviews to take place. Shortly afterward, the advisory board was announced. The group includes, but is not limited to, experts in; presidential history, journalism, political science, sociology, and public health. Two OAH past presidents, Professor Vicki Lynn Ruiz (2005–2006) of the University of California, Irvine, and Professor David Hollinger (2010–2011) of the University of California Berkeley, have been named to the board.

This project is unique in that not only will researchers interview administration staffers, journalists, campaign staff, and elected officials, but also everyday citizens. In addition, this project will hold President Obama’s own perspectives of his handling of key events during his presidency (recession, the war on terror, civil rights, and climate change.) The project, which is set to be made public no later than 2026, will be “one of the largest oral history projects that has even been conceived for a president,” per advisory board member Douglas Brinkley of Rice University.

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Posted: June 18, 2019
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