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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. 

Cathleen Cahill was a very engaging speaker, making it easy for attendees to understand and ask questions. She offered a lot of information, references, and also worked topics in that are specific to our present times.

Dorothy Szefc, - SUNY Orange

Featured Lecturer

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Barbara L. Tischler

Barbara L. Tischler is the author of numerous articles on American culture, the 1960s, and aspects of the anti–Vietnam War movement, along with An American Music (1986), Sights on the Sixties (1992), and Muhammad Ali: A Man of Many Voices (2015). She has also taught courses on the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her most recent research and presentation interests include African-American history, the civil rights movement, and the discourse of enslaved people as a aspect of community, humanity, and resistance.

Featured Lecture

"Born on the Fourth of July": Musical Celebrations of America's Independence

Americans have found myriad ways to assert the cultural independence and exceptional ism of their nation. Composers for the concert hall chose to quote folk and popular music in pieces that were intended too describe America in musical terms. In addition, composers in the 1920s and 30s asserted the "American" quality of their compositions by quoting jazz idioms, The presence of hip hop on Broadway is a continuation of the synthesis of popular and concert genres. This lecture explores varieties of American concert music whose creators strove to depict aspects of America's history and culture on stage.

"From 'nationalism by quotation' to the incorporation of jazz elements, American composers were eager to bring familiar aspects of American culture into the concert hall."