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Contingent Historians Profiled in new OAH Report

The employment situation for contingent historians remains inadequate despite those scholars’ strong professional credentials and deep commitment to teaching, according to a new report prepared by the New York University adjunct professor of continuing and professional studies Edward Reiner and the market researcher Catherine Walton on behalf of the OAH. Read more >

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Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Gilbert Schuyler Bahn

Gilbert S. Bahn of Moorpark, California, died on July 3, 2013.

More information is available at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Gilbert-Bahn&lc=4800&pid=165682285&mid=5590920

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Pauline Maier

Pauline Maier, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Techonology, passed away on August 12, 2013. A life member of the Organiation of American Historians, Maier joined the organization in 1973.

More information is available at: http://s-usih.org/2013/08/pauline-maier-1938-2013.html

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert F. Engs

Robert F. Engs passed away on January 14, 2013. He is a former visiting professor of history at William & Mary, and emeritus professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Engs joined the OAH in 1975.

More information is available at: http://www.wm.edu/news/announcements/2013/message-on-the-passing-of-robert-f.-engs.php

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert Tropea

Robert Tropea of Woburn, Massachusetts, passed away on July 25, 2013.

More information is available at: http://www.lynch-cantillon.com/Obituary?id=2948

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: John K. Thomas

John Kyle Thomas, PhD, died on March 12, 2013. Born November 30, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas was professor of history at Roane State Community College.

More information is available at: http://smithmortuary.tributes.com/show/Dr.-John-K.-Thomas-95413773

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Ann J. Lane

Ann J. Lane, a pioneer in Women’s History and Women’s Studies, passed away on Memorial Day, May 27, at the age of 81. She had retired in 2009 from the University of Virginia, where she was Professor of History and director of Women’s Studies (now the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program) from 1990 to 2003.

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Posted: August 29, 2013
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OAH Responds to Recent Concerns of Academic Freedom

July 25, 2013. The Organization of American Historians has received a letter from Purdue University faculty members, many of whom are OAH members, regarding statements made by Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., during his term as Indiana governor about the use of Howard Zinn's history textbook (A People's History of the United States) in K-12 classes in Indiana, which he has recently defended and reiterated as Purdue University President. The OAH supports the academic and intellectual freedom of all faculty members, principles articulated in the letter from Purdue University colleagues. The OAH regards the current episode as a "teachable moment" when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others' written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion.

Alan M. Kraut, OAH President and Katherine M. Finley, OAH Executive Director

Background Reading (last updated: Friday, August 2, 2013)

Posted: July 25, 2013
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OAH Nominating Board announces 2014 Slate of Candidates

The nominating board has announced the slate of candidates for the 2014 OAH election. In addition to voting for three candidates for executive board, OAH members will vote for candidate to the nominating board as well. Balloting begins in December. Read more >

Posted: May 28, 2013
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In Memoriam: Arvarh Strickland

Historian and fifty-year member of the OAH, Arvarh Strickland, died April 30, 2013 at the age of 82. Strickland made history in 1969 when he became the first African American to hold a tenure-track position at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He served with distinction in various capacities as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History; principal architect of the MU Black Studies Program; associate vice president of academic affairs, University of Missouri System; and special assistant to the MU Chancellor.

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Posted: May 13, 2013
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In Memoriam: Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Georgetown University professor and OAH Life Member, passed away in December, 2012.

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Posted: April 30, 2013
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2013

The OAH Executive Board took action on items placed on its April agenda. These items included: approving a budget for fiscal year 2014; establishing criteria for endorsing amici curiae (“friend of the court”) filings; establishing a committee for the David Montgomery Book Prize in American labor and working-class history; modifying the membership dues structure; and other matters. Read more >

Posted: April 29, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert Remini

Robert Remini, former historian for the US House of Representatives, died April 1, 2013. He was 91 years old. A member of the Organization of American Historians for more than 52 years, Remini was an award-winning biographer and "foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time."

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Posted: April 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Walter L. Sargent

Walter L. Sargent, University of Maine Farmington, passed away on January 27.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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In Memoriam: Vernon S. "Pete" Braswell

Vernon S. "Pete" Braswell died January 31, 2013. Braswell taught American history at Del Mar College from 1965 until 1989. He was in his fiftieth year as a member of the Organization of American Historians.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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In Memoriam: Edward M. Bennett

Edward M. Bennett died on March 3, 2013. He taught for 33 years at Washington State University and was a member of the OAH for more than 50 years.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert H. Zieger

Robert H. Zieger, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Florida, passed away on March 6, 2013. Zieger, a fify-one-year member of the OAH, began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1964 and moved to the University of Florida in 1986. Paul Ortiz, University of Florida, has written a remembrance of Professor Zieger for the Southern Labor Studies Association Web site.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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2013 OAH Annual Business Meeting

The 2013 OAH Business Meeting will be held immediately preceding the OAH Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address on Saturday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. All OAH members are encouraged to attend and participate in the governance of the organization.

Read the Minutes from the 2013 OAH Business Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, April 13, 2013.

Posted: January 15, 2013
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Remembering Gerda Lerner, a Pioneer in Women's History

Gerda Lerner, past president of the Organization of American Historians (1981-1982), and pioneer in women's and gender history, passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 92.

The following remembrance of Gerda Lerner was prepared by Mari Jo Buhle, and appeared in the February 2013 issue of OAH Outlook.

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Posted: January 4, 2013
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In Memoriam: Thomas K. McCraw

Thomas K. McCraw, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School (HBS), and former editor of the Business History Review, died on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

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Posted: December 13, 2012
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