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23 Historians Appointed to the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

We are excited to announce this year's additions to the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program. 23 scholars were recently appointed by OAH President Philip J. Deloria. These accomplished historians command expertise on U. S. history topics including: slavery, women’s rights; sports and recreation; old age; gender; elections; civil rights; crime and violence; public history and memory; environmental history; LGBTQ+; legal history; intellectual history; early national history; Latino/a history; and African American history, among other U. S. history topics. 

Meet them!

OAH Distinguished Lecturers can be scheduled virtually or in-person to headline special events and to bring context to today's most pertinent and perplexing issues.

Professor Kimberly Hamlin deftly covered the dense timeline of the ERA by centering it in her question, "Are women people or are women mothers?" That question helped learners to navigate the changing coalitions and detractors and to stay grounded in the most essential reasons ERA has yet to be ratified.

Danielle Dart, - Minnesota Historical Society

Featured Lecturer

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Dorothy Sue Cobble

A distinguished professor of history and labor studies emerita at Rutgers University, Dorothy Sue Cobble specializes in twentieth-century politics and social movements. She is the author of multiple prize-winning books and articles. Her most recent book, For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality (Princeton, 2021), is a history of the twentieth-century feminists who fought for the rights of women, workers, and the poor in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of fellowships from, among others, the American Council for Learned Societies, Russell Sage Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Charles Warren...
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Featured Lecture

Labor's Subversive Economics and the Rebuilding of America

Cobble recovers the egalitarian economics of worker intellectuals of the past and reflects on how their visionary and subversive ideas can help us create a more just and prosperous society. Cobble charts labor's innovative demands for shorter worktime, guaranteed income, and workplace democracy. She reveals the surprising appeal of these ideas among working men and women at the turn of the 20th century, their widespread adoption in workplaces and social policy by the mid-twentieth century, and their rejection among elite intellectuals and decision-makers in the last third of the century. Today's progressive political imagination is diminished and less capable of speaking to and for the majority of Americans without attention to these lost left populist traditions.

"Most Americans work too much and are paid too little. Reversing these trends is the most important thing we can do to bolster democratic governance, economic security, and individual wellbeing. "