Promoting Inclusive, Diverse Narratives in Federal History

Solicited by the Society for History in the Federal Government Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom and the Western History Association

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Politics; Public History and Memory; Social and Cultural

Abstract

Federal historians often face challenges in documenting a more inclusive, diverse historical record. This session, a follow on from the 2021 OAH annual meeting roundtable, will explore methods designed to empower historians as they confront institutional resistance toward promoting inclusive and diverse narratives in their own federal programs. This roundtable hopes to incorporate views from practitioners who have integrated new methodologies and historical sources into their research and writing. We encourage the audience to participate in the discussion so that we can obtain and collage information about these new approaches.

Session Participants

Chair: Mandy A. Chalou, U.S. Department of State
Mandy A. Chalou joined the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State in 2008 as a historian in the Declassification and Publishing Division. She is part of the Office's digital initiatives team and is the Chief of the Editing and Publishing Division, where she overseas the typesetting and publishing of the Foreign Relations of the United States series and editing of other Office projects. She is currently compiling a retrospective FRUS volume on public diplomacy from 1920 through 1940. She completed a B.A. in Humanities from Bradford College in 1997, and received her M.A. in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. She is the Treasurer of the Society for History in the Federal Government. She served on the National Council on Public History's M.C. Robinson Prize for Historical Analysis. Chalou has presented at the annual meetings of NCPH, SHFG, and OAH. She is the recipient of numerous awards from the Department of State, including the Superior Honor Award, Meritorious Honor Award, Franklin Award, and Time Off From Service Award.

Proposal Submitter Only: Kristin L. Ahlberg, U.S. Department of State
Kristin L. Ahlberg is a historian and Assistant to the General Editor in the Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State, where she compiles and reviews volumes in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. She earned her Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Nebraska in 2003. Ahlberg is the author of Transplanting the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and Food for Peace. She has published articles in Agricultural History, Diplomatic History, Great Plains Quarterly, and The Public Historian. She currently serves on the National Council on Public History Membership and Governance Committees and on the Executive Council of the Agricultural History Society. She is a past President of the Society for History in the Federal Government and was an elected member of the American Historical Association's Professional Division (2008-2011).

Panelist: Elizabeth C. Charles, Office of the Historian, Dept of State
Elizabeth C. Charles has worked as a historian in the Office of the Historian at the Department of State since 2011. She researches and compiles the Foreign Relations of the United States series, and has completed volumes on the Soviet Union and the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. She is currently researching in the George H.W. Bush records on the collapse of the Soviet Union. Charles earned her Ph.D. in Modern Russian and Cold War History at the George Washington University in 2010. She contributed a chapter entitled "Confronting the Soviet Threat: Reagan's Approach to Policymaking," in The Reagan Moment: America and the World in the 1980s, published by Cornell University Press. Charles served on the National Council on Public History Curriculum and Training Committee and is the past President of the Society for History in the Federal Government. She is the recipient of the Department's Superior Honor Award, Meritorious Honor Award, and Extra Mile Award. Charles has also presented at the annual meetings of AHA, OAH, NCPH, SHAFR, and SHFG.

Panelist: Caridad de la Vega, National Park Service
Caridad de la Vega is the cultural resource program manager for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service. Until recently, she was a historian for the National Historic Landmarks Program (NHL) in Washington, DC. Caridad is the author of several National Historic Landmark nominations and exhibit reviews and articles in cultural resource management publications. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Public History and on the NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee. Caridad also serves on the Society for History in the Federal Government's Nominating Committee and John Wesley Powell Prize Committee. She earned her B.A. in history from the University of Miami and an M.A. in public history from American University.

Panelist: Terrance Rucker, U.S. House of Representatives
Terrance Rucker is a historical publication specialist in the Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives. Terrance edits the online Biographical Directory of the United States Congress and is a co-editor of Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012 (Washington, DC: GPO, 2014). A Ph.D. candidate at George Washington University, Terrence is currently writing a dissertation that features Congressional delegates who served during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. He serves on the National Council on Public History Government Historians Committee and is a past President of the Society for History in the Federal Government. Terrance earned a B.A. in history from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998 and a M.A. in history from George Washington University in 2007.