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.)

Karl Jacoby's presentation is one of our favorites from the OAH Speaker series, and we have had 2 speakers per year over the last several years so we have had a fairly large number of excellent speakers. We were able to invite family members/descendants of his research subject, and they really added a personal touch that we don't often see with a history lecture. It was much appreciated by our audience!

David Nelson, California Lutheran University, CA

About the Speaker

Katherine Ott is a curator and historian in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She works on the history of medicine and the body, disability and bodily difference, and LGBTQ history, among other topics. She has curated exhibitions on the hi...


Featured Lecture

History through Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Skin

This lecture highlights the sensory, embodied experience of those in the past by exploring how scientific knowledge became domesticated; drawing upon developing understanding of the skin in dermatology, make-up, cleanliness, and other spheres....