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Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, the OAH Executive Board took action on eight items. The full list can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
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2017 Election Results

The OAH is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Newly elected officers and board members will begin their terms this spring. The results can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
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AASLH-OAH Webinar Collaboration

The OAH is pleased to announce a new collaborative effort with the American Association for State and Local History--"History Crash Course" webinars. OAH member and Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer Keene will lead the inaugural webinar on World War I on March 28. This 90-minute webinar is free to attend.

Learn more about the webinar and register here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


National Humanities Seminar - Free Webinar

The OAH is co-sponsoring the America in Class webinar series with the National Humanities Center this spring. Teaching John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath with David Wrobel will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm EST.

The webinar is 90 minutes long and free for teachers by using the promo code NHCED. Additional information is available here. Register here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


Western Historical Association Conference

The Call for Papers for the 58th Annual Conference of the Western History Association, October 17-20, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, is now available. The conference theme is Reimagining Race and Ethnicity in the West.

The submission deadline is September 1, 2017 for individual papers and December 1, 2017 for organized panels.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Park Services Names New Chief Historian

Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe began duty as the National Park Service's new Chief Historian on January 8, 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master's degree in United States history from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's degree in history from Howard University. Read the full announcement from the National Coalition for History here.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


7 OAH Members Receive Awards at 2017 AHA Meeting

Seven OAH members received awards at the 2017 American Historical Association meeting earlier this month. Please join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.

Posted: February 23, 2017
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


2017 OAH Business Meeting

Any member who would like a resolution to be presented at the OAH Business Meeting, must submit the resolution to Katherine Finley, OAH Executive Director, and to the OAH Parliamentarian by February 22, 2017. The resolution must be signed by fifty (50) members in good standing. If these conditions are met, then the OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication thirty (30) days in advance that this resolution will be presented at the OAH Business Meeting.

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Posted: February 22, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


Joyce Appleby

OAH distinguished member and past president Joyce Appleby (1991-1992) died on December 23, 2016. An obituary for her will appear in the May issue of The American Historian.

Her obituary that appeared in the New York Times can be read here.

Her obituary that was issued by the History Department of UCLA can be read here.

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Posted: February 21, 2017
Tagged: In Memoriam


OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Executive Order

The Executive Board of the OAH has endorsed and joined with the American Historical Association in its statement opposing President Trump's January 27 executive order. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order.

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Posted: February 20, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Executive Board Creates New Initiative

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, with support and guidance from the OAH Executive Board, has framed a new initiative in these fractious times. More than 80 OAH Distinguished Lecturers stand ready to speak about the deep historical roots of a variety of divisive issues revealed by the 2016 presidential race and the election of Donald J. Trump.

We invite all OAH members to host one or more of these speakers in the coming months and to introduce this resource to campus or community groups seeking to foster dialogue and to advance critical thinking about both past and present.

Contact lectureship program coordinator Annette Windhorn, awindhorn@oah.org, for more information or to start an invitation.

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Posted: February 19, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


NEH Summer Institute - Gender, the State, and the 1977 International Women's Year Conference

Seminar hosts Drs. Nancy Beck Young and Leandra Zarnow invite applications from all college and university educators to "Gender, The State, and the 1977 International Women's Year Conference," to be held on the University of Houston-main campus June 12-18, 2017. A stipend (taxable) will be provided to each selected Summer Scholar.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Notification letters for all applicants will be sent via email by March 31, 2017.

For more information about the Summer Seminar and to apply please visit this website.

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Posted: February 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession


OAH Receives Mellon Grant for 2018 Annual Meeting

The Organization of American Historians recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to increase the reach of the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting.

Read more about the grant and the changes to the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting here.

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Posted: February 17, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Advocacy Alert - IRB Exception for Oral History

On January 19 the federal government issued its final rule governing Institutional Review Boards (IRB) which "explicitly removes" oral history and journalism from the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The historical community, collaborating through the National Coalition for History, has long argued that scholarly history projects should not be subject to standard IRB procedures since they are designed for the research practices of the sciences.

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Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


K-12 Teachers' Day at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University and the Department of History, University of North Florida invite pre-collegiate teachers to attend the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida (March 30-April 2, 2017). In an effort to encourage the study of war and society, teachers will have the opportunity to attend the meeting on Saturday, April 1, 2017, for the discounted rate of $35. The 84th Annual Meeting will feature historians from 42 states and several foreign countries presenting new scholarship on a diverse range of topics including the American Civil War, the world wars, and the response to the Holocaust. Several panels will specifically focus on teaching military history. Special registration includes access to a book exhibit featuring over 20 publishers, two coffee breaks, and special luncheon exclusively for K-12 teachers with a discussion moderated by Professor David Silbey of Cornell University focusing on the challenges of integrating military history into the classroom.

For a complete conference schedule and for a registration form for the K-12 Teachers' Day, please visit ww2.fsu.edu/smh-conference or contact Professor G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, kpiehler@fsu.edu or (850) 644-9541. Registration closes on March 20, 2017 for the discounted rate and checks must be payable to Institute on World War II, Florida State University. In memo line note "SMH Teachers' Day."

The Society for Military History (SMH), founded in 1933, strives to advance the study of military history and stimulate interest in the subject. The annual meetings of the SMH serve to expose members and non-members to the latest research in military history from the ancient era to contemporary events. The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society is being hosted by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Posted: February 16, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Seminars at the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston invites proposals for four of its 2017-2018 seminar series: the Boston Area Seminar in Early American History, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Boston Seminar in Modern American Society and Culture (formerly the Immigration and Urban History Seminar), and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, co-sponsored by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe. Each series meets between 4 and 7 times during the academic year. Sessions typically focus on the discussion of a pre-circulated paper. Topics may extend beyond the reach of the MHS collections. Papers must be available for circulation at least a month before the seminar date. Each committee would like to fill at least two sessions through this CFP. To be considered for a slot, please send your CV and a one-page précis of your paper by March 15 to Conrad E. Wright, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, or t o cwright@masshist.org. In your proposal, please indicate when your paper will be available for distribution. If there are special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation, please so indicate in your proposal. For additional information visit https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/seminars

Posted: February 13, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


“Voices of Dissent”: Social Movements and Political Protest in Post-war America

On the evening of April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a historic speech before a crowd of 3,000 people at Manhattan's Riverside Church. In his speech, entitled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," King condemned the Vietnam War and American Cold War policy and characterized the U.S. government as the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world". Describing Vietnam a "victim [of] deadly Western arrogance", King detailed the war's devastating effects on both America's and Vietnam's poor, and declared that it was a moral imperative for opponents of the war to use "every creative method of protest possible" to halt the war through non-violent means.

On June 2 2017, the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King's Riverside Church speech, the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford is holding a broad inter-disciplinary conference which considers the role that social movements and political protest have played in shaping post-war U.S. history. The conference welcomes papers from scholars at any stage of their career. Proposals are encouraged on topics relating to the politics and culture of protest and dissent in the United States since the 1960s. However, priority may be given to submissions that are broadly concerned with Dr Martin Luther King Jr., the Cold War, or the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a 2-page C.V., should be sent to the organizer (Daniel Rowe) at daniel.rowe@history.ox.ac.uk no later than February 24, 2017. Proposals for individual papers or full panels are welcome. Accepted participants will be notified by mid March.

For More Information: http://www.rai.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/CfP%20Voices%20of%20Dissent.pdf

Posted: January 26, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence Deadline Approaching

Make a nomination today!

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked/submitted by January 25, 2017. The annual Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service, and is intended to honor projects, parks, or programs that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history.

http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/stanton-horton-award/

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Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Awards and Prizes


Oral History Association Annual Meeting 2017

The Oral History Association is accepting proposals for its 2017 meeting to be held October 4-7 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme is Engaging Audiences: Oral History and the Public. Read the Call for Papers and instructions for submitting at http://www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting/2017-call-for-papers/. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017.

Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Organization of American Historians Receives Grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to “Imagine a New Kind of Academic Annual Meeting”

The Organization of American Historians recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to increase the reach of the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting to the public, teachers, students, and scholars interested in American history. Presently, the meeting reaches primarily those teaching history within the university or college setting and is limited to those who attend the meeting in person.  The 2018 meeting entitled “Forms of History” will be held April 12-14, in Sacramento, California.

The OAH Amplified Initiative will broaden the OAH’s audience and continue OAH’s conversation beyond the walls of the in-person conference meeting. The Mellon grant will allow the work presented at the OAH Annual Meeting to become available to a broader audience, allowing instructors to engage with new ideas in their classrooms and researchers to access and cite the scholarship presented. Digital audio recordings of the sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting will provide the foundation for this amplified meeting initiative. Additionally, a video studio will be set up at the conference where select attendees will be interviewed.

The audio and video recordings captured at the 2018 Annual Meeting will be tagged so that they can be searched and combined in new ways—by topic, period, or type of presentation. These files will be made available to select groups who will curate, introduce, and interpret programs for particular audiences. Members will be able to listen to the audio files and participants will be able to download their own sessions.

The OAH is excited to provide this opportunity to amplify the work of historians both inside the historical community and beyond it. According to OAH President Elect Edward Ayers, “This initiative will help with OAH’s effort to build community and share ideas between our members and those studying, teaching, and interpreting U.S. history. In short, this will allow the OAH to imagine a new kind of academic annual meeting and perhaps, serve as an example for other academic associations.”

Posted: January 10, 2017
Tagged: Grants, News of the Organization