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

Johnny Smith is an assistant professor of history at Georgia Tech, where he has won numerous teaching awards. His research investigates the history of American sports, and he is especially interested in sports icons who have left imprints on American culture. His first book, The Sons of Westwood: Jo...


Featured Lecture

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

How did Cassius Clay become Muhammad Ali? Why was he the most polarizing athlete in America during the 1960s? Historian Johnny Smith will answer these questions and discuss his new book, Blood Brothers, the first in-depth portrait of the pivotal friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Prof...