About the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program (DLP)

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers bureau dedicated to sharing American history. Created in 1981 by OAH president Gerda Lerner, the program includes nearly 600 historians who are outstanding scholars in their field.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers may be scheduled for keynote speeches, open and private lectures, seminars or workshops on college campuses and public events sponsored by historical societies, museums, libraries, and humanities councils.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers are appointed by the OAH president-elect. Each agrees to present one lecture on behalf of the organization each academic year and to donate his or her lecture fee to the organization.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers Catherine Choy and Albert Camarillo taking a selfie with their audience in the background

OAH Distinguished Lecturers Catherine Choy and Albert Camarillo with their audience, AP U.S. history students at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, in spring 2018. Their talks were hosted by OAH member Bonnie Belshe. Photo courtesy Catherine Choy.