Events and Networking Opportunities

Plenary Session: Teaching American History in Uncertain Times

Thursday, March 30, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Archbishop Stephanic High School. Classroom, Library of Congress

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.

Chair: Erika Lee, OAH President and Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota

  • Daina Ramey Berry, Professor and Chair of the History Department; Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professorship in History; Fellow of Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History; Fellow of George W. Littlefield Professorship in American History, University of Texas at Austin
  • Julio Capó, Jr., Associate Professor of History, Florida International University
  • Alexandra Minna Stern, Humanities Dean, University of California Los Angeles
  • Jean M. O'Brien, (White Earth Ojibwe), Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota
  • Mariana E. Ramírez, M.Ed., University of California Los Angeles Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Division of Urban Schooling  and former high school teacher at Roosevelt High School, Los Angeles
  • Renee Tajima-Peña (Series Producer, PBS's "Asian Americans," Professor of Asian American Studies, Director, Center for EthnoCommunications, Endowed Chair in Japanese American Studies, University of California Los Angeles)

CC - this session is CART Captioned

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. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in loosely structured conversations on:

  • Welcoming new members and first-time attendees
  • Publishing a second manuscript
  • Teaching U.S. history in today’s climate
  • Navigating the job market

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OAH Business Meeting

Saturday, April 1, 5:15 pm–5:45pm

All OAH members are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the governance of the organization. Proposals for action should be made in the form of ordinary motions or resolutions. All such motions or resolutions must be signed by one hundred members in good standing and submitted at least forty-five days prior to the meeting to OAH Executive Director Beth English and OAH Parliamentarian Jonathan Lurie, c/o OAH, 112 North Bryan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408. Should a motion or resolution be submitted in this manner, OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication at least 30 days in advance of the Annual Business Meeting. The OAH Business Meeting will immediately precede the Presidential Address.

OAH Presidential Address

Saturday, April 1, 5:45 pm–7:00 pm

Erika Lee

Erika Lee, OAH President, Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies
Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History
Director, Immigration History Research Center
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

CC - this session is CART Captioned

Chat Room Seminars

Saturday, April 1, 12 pm - 12:45 pm
The Chat Room provides an opportunity for historians to share and learn from the knowledge and experiences of their peers. Led by up to two moderators, each 45-minute seminar encourages conversation in a relaxed and unstructured environment. Teach, learn, and debate while meeting friends both old and new.

Chat topics include: 
• Reimagining a Usable Past amid the History Culture Wars: A Study of Teacher Candidates and the Challenges of History Education
• Digital Humanities: In the Classroom and In Your Research
• Working with Legal Advocates and Activists

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. 

See the 2022 Award Recipients here.

Museum Display: ¡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.

"Hey, I Know Your Work" Mentorship Program

Graduate students, recent graduates, or early career historians can 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.

How does it work?

  • Select mentors from the list posted December 2022. The list will include the mentor’s positions and research interests.
  • Connect: The OAH will assign up to three mentees to a mentor based on availability. In March 2023, all mentors and mentees are connected with each other to finalize their scheduled meeting time.
  • Meet: During the event, mentors and mentees meet for conversation at a predetermined time. Meetings last between forty-five minutes and one hour.
  • Why? This program offers emerging scholars the opportunity to forge professional and personal relationships with scholars whose work they admire.

How do I become a mentor?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please email with the following:

  1. Name
  2. Title/Position
  3. Institution if applicable
  4. Contact information including email and phone number
  5. Topics of specialty or areas of interest
  6. If you would like to be listed as an ALANA or SHGAPE mentor
How do I become a mentee?

If you are interested in becoming a mentee please email with the following:

  1. Name
  2. Institution if applicable
  3. Contact information including email and phone number
  4. Brief bio (150 words)
  5. Top three mentor choices

Mentor Listing

 To be posted December 2022



The Hub | One-on-One Meetings

Meet one-on-one with consultants and publishers during the conference. Participating consultants and publichers will be posted in November 2022. Information to book your appointment will 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.