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Our OAH Distinguished Lecturers are scholars and storytellers, uniquely qualified to bring historical context to some of today's most provocative issues. They engage audiences, sharing monumental moments and unknown stories from our nation's past that influence and inform our world today.

The Distinguished Lectureship Program offers VIRTUAL OAH LECTURES (custom-recorded or live with Q&A) and traditional in-person OAH Distinguished Lectures.

The lectureship program has hit two home runs with us so far; we’ll definitely tap you again.

Timothy D. Hall, Department of History - Central Michigan University

Featured Lecturer

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Jason Scott Smith

Jason Scott Smith is Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, where he teaches courses on modern American history, the Great Depression, and the history of infrastructure. He is the author of Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956 (2006) and A Concise History of the New Deal (2014). A specialist in the history of capitalism and political economy, Smith’s research and teaching range from the nineteenth century through the global financial crisis of 2008. Before coming to UNM, he held fellowships at the Harvard Business School, where he was the Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow in Business History, and at Cornell...
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Featured Lecture

Follow the Yellow Brick Road? What to Do in a Panic, Depression, or Global Financial Crisis

This lecture examines how American society reacted when capitalism, itself, reached the brink of collapse. Looking at the panics of the 1890s, the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the Global Financial Crisis that began in 2008 provides historical perspective on how people react during an economic meltdown. 

""Economic confidence is simultaneously a powerful force and a fragile condition.""