Distinguished Lectureship Program

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Honoring Native American Heritage

Calvin Coolidge with group of Native Americans outside White House

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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program features 42 speakers specializing in Native American history.

OAH Lecturers can be booked as guest speakers for in-person or virtual keynote addresses and lectures, book talks, to headline special events, conferences, and historical commemorations, and to lead workshops and professional development events.

Virtual OAH Lectures Offered

The Distinguished Lectureship Program has coordinated hundreds of virtual events for colleges, libraries, schools, historical societies, faith-based organizations, professional development workshops, museums, and community organizations. Virtual format options include live online presentations with Q&A, custom-recorded talks, as well as hybrid events (for an in-person audience and virtual attendees.)

Our intent on bringing Dr. Downs to our campus was to conduct a multidisciplinary event that focused on an historical aspect of medicine and public health as it related to African Americans during the US Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Downs gave a separate talk to history and medical school students as an informal discussion. Both at the informal discussion and at the formal evening presentation, Dr. Downs was very comfortable in front of the audience and was able to engage all present through fascinating historical facts that clearly caused those present to reflect upon what they learned. He is a very charismatic speaker. 

Roseann Bacha-Garza, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, TX

About the Speaker

Tyler Priest is an associate professor of history and geography at the University of Iowa. A widely published scholar of energy and environmental history, he is the author of The Offshore Imperative: Shell Oil's Search for Petroleum in the Postwar United States (2007), which won the Geosciences in t...


Featured Lecture

Petro-Apocalypse Now: The Certain Future and Speculative History of Oil

The lecture surveys and critiques the burgeoning literature on "petro-criticism" and "energy humanities." It argues that much of the writing in this genre reads into the history of oil the story of future catastrophe. Apocalyptic projections of what the future of oil holds distort our effort to un...