Events and Networking Opportunities
Plenary Session: Teaching American History in Uncertain Times
Thursday, March 30, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
The teaching of American history is under assault by a spate of educational gag orders that restrict what can be taught in K-12 schools and in institutions of higher education. Laws across the country limit or ban teaching on systemic racism, sexism, gender and sexuality, and LGBTQ+ topics. In addition, the use and misuse of history and historical scholarship - most recently in the SCOTUS decision in Dobbs v. Jackson - raises important questions about the role of U.S. history in the classroom and beyond. This year’s in-person and virtual conference highlight many sessions and workshops related to K-12 and college/university teaching during these challenging times.
Building upon this theme, this plenary brings together leading scholars, teachers, and advocates in conversation to discuss the histories behind these efforts, how they threaten the teaching and practice of American history, what we can do to challenge them, and how we can support inclusive and social justice-oriented teaching and learning in all classrooms.
NEW! Morning Mixer: Networking Welcome Breakfast
Friday, March 31, 8:45 am–10:15 am
Kick off your morning with complimentary coffee or tea and a light breakfast. Meet with colleagues and friends, OAH staff, committee members, and leadership to discuss, socialize, and make new connections. Join a conversation pod to talk about the topics that matter to you most. Pods include:
- Educators and Teaching
- Public History
- Adjunct and Contingent Faculty
- New Members
- Research and Resources
- Job Seekers
Submit a conversation pod category to firstname.lastname@example.org
The OAH Awards Ceremony
Friday, March 31, 5:15 pm–6:15 pm
Celebrating the best in American history—writing, teaching, public presentation, research, support, and distinguished careers—the OAH Awards Ceremony recognizes colleagues and friends whose achievements advance our profession, bolstering deep, sophisticated understandings of America’s complex past, and informed, historically relevant discussions of contemporary issues.
NEW: Meet & Mingle Reception
Friday, March 31, 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Join us following the OAH Award Ceremony to meet and mingle with attendees, publishers, and committee members. Join in for conversation, make a new acquaintance, or meet up before dinner. Browse the various committee stands to learn about their goals and how you can get involved.
Free and open to the public
History on Trial
An American History Forum with Educators
Sunday, April 2, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Japanese American National Museum
From school board meetings to the halls of state legislatures and front-page news, the politicization of the teaching and writing of United States history is reshaping what can and cannot be taught in our nation’s classrooms at all levels. Rooted in the sentiment that there is only a singular narrative explaining the American experiment, past and present, these efforts seek to take us back to an earlier era characterized by a limited, celebratory vision that ignores the core conflict of our national story: that the United States was founded on radical notions of liberty, freedom, and equality, but built on systems of slavery, exploitation, and exclusion. Panelists will focus on the challenges of teaching and presenting history in today’s classrooms, public spaces and museums, debates over what and whose history will be taught, and lessons to be gleaned from “history wars” of the past.
The panel discussion will be held Sunday, April 2, 2023, at the Japanese American National Museum, with opening remarks beginning at 1:30 pm and a reception following at 3:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed.
This forum honors the late Gary B. Nash — former president of the Organization of American Historians and staunch defender of teaching history in all its complexity.
Livestream, Spanish translation, and CART captioning will be available.
Co-sponsored by UCLA Department of History, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, the Thomas E. Lifka Endowed Chair of History, and the Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Organization of American Historians are partnering to offer 100 Southern California teachers in our Affiliate School Program free registration at the 2023 OAH Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California, March 30-April 2, 2023.
To ensure your school is a member of our free Affiliate School Program, please click here.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education. The Institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.
¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege
Exhibit Hall Feature: ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege presents the dramatic stories of Los Angeles–area Chicana/o murals from the 1970s to the 1990s that were whitewashed, censored, neglected, and even destroyed. These murals challenged inequality and celebrated Chicana/o culture, making them targets of suppression.
Murals connect history, art, identity, and place with themes of free speech, civil rights, and Chicana/o culture and history. Representing these themes are the murals of Barbara Carrasco; Yreina D. Cervántez and Alma López; Roberto Chavez; Ernesto de la Loza; Willie Herrón III; Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma; and East Los Streetscapers (David Botello, Wayne Alaniz Healy, and George Yepes). They all endured a lack of recognition—as works of art, as a means of self-expression, and as voices with social, historical, or political relevance. ¡Murales Rebeldes! celebrates their creative spirit, the power of urban art, and truths that must be told.
This project was developed by the California Historical Society and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for the Getty’s 2017 Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.
Air and Soil in Crisis: Community Empowerment to Fight Environmental Degradation in Boyle Heights
Exhibit Hall Feature: The Boyle Heights Museum, a collective group of faculty members, doctoral and undergraduate students out of the University of Southern California, will produce their fifth historical exhibition focused on “Air and Soil in Crisis: Community Empowerment to Fight Environmental Degradation in Boyle Heights” for the 2023 Organization of American Historians conference in Los Angeles. This group of public historians work collaboratively with CASA 0101, a community-based arts institution in Boyle Heights, founded and directed by playwright Josefina Lopez to house the exhibition and sponsor public programming for the neighborhood made up of an overwhelming poor, immigrant Latinx community. This exhibition combines the historical and contemporary issues of environmental degradation suffered by Boyle Heights, such as being the site of the largest toxic soil cleanup in California and suffering from major air pollution due to five freeways being built through the community, with past and present efforts to fight for community empowerment against large polluters trying to keep Boyle Heights complacent in their efforts to keep the community in environmental danger. It features activist organizations such as Mothers of East L.A. (MELA), who has fought against toxic incinerators and oil lines being built near or in the community, and Edward Roybal, who fought unsuccessfully against the imposition of freeways for L.A. commuters while centering the neighborhood for pollution from automobiles. The point of the exhibition and the accompanying public programming is to educate the local community on these issues and attempts to protect their community, while fostering a new sense of urgency in our time of climate change and environmental challenges.
"Hey, I Know Your Work" Mentorship Program
Graduate students, recent graduates, or early career historians meet with experienced scholars to discuss research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted.
The OAH’s Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories is committed to intersectionality in its conception, constitution, and in the practice of its rotating members. Our mission is to serve a broad swath of the rising underrepresented scholars in our craft. Mentees have the opportunity to learn strategies to navigate an academic career from a more senior scholar aligned with ALANA’s goals. Look for ALANA-endorsed mentors on the listing.
The Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is again partnering with the OAH to provide mentors to those interested in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Look for SHGAPE-endorsed mentors in the listing.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please email email@example.com with the following:
- Institution if applicable
- Contact information including email and phone number
- Topics of specialty or areas of interest
- If you would like to be listed as an ALANA or SHGAPE mentor
If you are interested in becoming a mentee please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Institution if applicable
- Contact information including email and phone number
- Brief bio (150 words)
- Top three mentor choices
To be posted December 2022
The Hub | One-on-One Meetings
Meet one-on-one with publishers during the conference. Information to book your appointment can be found in each description below. Book early as spaces fill quickly.
You must be registered for the OAH Conference on American History prior to signing up for an appointment.
⇒ Cambridge University Press
With more than 30 years of experience working in the publishing world, for both trade and academic houses, I currently commission and develop trade, academic, and reference works in US and Latin American history at Cambridge University Press. I am passionate about bringing original, paradigm-shifting scholarship to as wide a readership as possible and am interested in work that explores diversity and equality, highlights underrepresented voices and stories, and challenges the traditional historiographical narrative. Particular areas of interest include African American history, women’s history, legal history, the history of sexuality, the history of slavery, Afro-Latin American history, military history, particularly the study of war and society, and the history of religion.
To set up a meeting please email Cecelia Cancellaro at cecelia.cancellaro@
⇒ Indiana University Press
At Indiana University Press, we publish books that make a difference—for readers today and for generations to come. Founded in 1950, we are one of the largest public university presses, publishing more than 100 scholarly and trade titles each year in a wide range of subject areas, including music, folklore, and Jewish and Holocaust studies.
We are currently interested in growing our trade American history list, with a particular emphasis on Native and Indigenous history, environmental history, military history, and regional Midwestern subjects. If you would like to set up a meeting, please contact Dan Crissman at email@example.com
⇒ University of Notre Dame Press
The University of Notre Dame Press publishes academic and general interest books that engage the most enduring questions of our time. We believe in the power of research to advance knowledge and impact lives, and of our books to connect scholars, experts, students, and readers in order to encourage intellectual exploration and enrich conversations on campus, across the country, and around the world. We are committed to maintaining an innovative and sustainable publishing program that makes accessible the ideas of today’s leading experts while fostering the next generation of scholars and thinkers. Although the world is confronted by an increasing number of imposing challenges, our books and authors are a powerful force for good in the world.
We are especially interested in works in the following areas: church, cultural, and religious history, Latin American studies and history, African American history, U.S. history, political history, and military history. If you have a proposal, please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our editors, as listed on our proposal information page.
⇒ University Press of Kansas
The University Press of Kansas publishes scholarly and trade books in a wide array of topics, including American political and legal history, Native American and Indigenous studies, military history and intelligence studies, environmental history, American studies and culture, Western and Midwestern history, and Kansas and regional studies. Kansas is the home of the Lyda Conley Series on Trailblazing Indigenous Futures as well as the Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia series, which explores graduate education and post-academic/alternative-
As part of our mission to publish works that contribute to important scholarly and public debates, we welcome proposal and manuscript submissions that foster inclusivity inside and outside of the academy, shed new light on well-known subjects, and amplify marginalized voices from the past and present.
For topics related to Western history, Native American and Indigenous studies, environmental studies, American studies, CultureAmerica, and legal studies, contact Senior Editor David Congdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
⇒ Yale University Press
I am a Senior Editor at Yale University Press, where I acquire books in American and Atlantic history. My goal as an editor is to bring the best historical scholarship to a broad reading public, and to help historians inform the scholarly and public conversations about the things that matter. I am interested in all periods and subfields of American history. If you would like to arrange to meet during the OAH meeting, please contact me at email@example.com with a query or proposal describing your book.