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.)

We have brought numerous OAH Distinguished Lecturers to the Virginia Military Institute, and every one of them has been a winner. This is a great program--thank you!

Turk McClesky, Virginia Military Institute, VA

About the Speaker

Currently a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, James Oakes has been teaching and writing about slavery, antislavery, and the origins of the Civil War for nearly thirty years. Most recently, he is the author of The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglas...


Featured Lecture

Not (Quite) an Abolitionist: Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery

By the time he became president Abraham Lincoln had committed himself to a number of antislavery policies that closely tracked those proposed by radical abolitionists: aboltion in Wasington, D.C., radical revision of the Fugitive Slave Act, a ban on slavery in the western territories, and suppressio...