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Open Discourse and Academic Freedom

From the OAH President. In his February 2014 column in OAH Outlook, OAH President Alan M. Kraut stresses the importance of open scholarly discourse when historians debate the issues surrounding important subjects. Read more >

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Posted: February 18, 2014
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Dissertation Embargoes

At its fall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-17, 2013, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians discussed the issue of temporary "embargoes" on newly completed PhD dissertations. Subsequent to its meeting, the board issued a statement. Read report >

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Posted: December 17, 2013
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OAH Recognized for Innovative Marketing Plan

The  recognized the OAH at its 2013 STAR Awards Ceremony on December 12 for the best "Innovative Membership Marketing Program" for an Indiana association. The award was given for our program to recruit student and younger members into the organization. The program includes the new OAH sponsored membership program, the development of several career tools--including the Career COACH® (Creating Opportunities for Advancing our Community of Historians)website--the recent mentorship program, as well as new member benefits.

Posted: December 17, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Fall 2013

At its fall 2013 meeting held at the Hilton Atlanta on November 16-17, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions. Read report >

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Posted: December 13, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Dissertation Embargoes

At its fall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-17, 2013, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians discussed the issue of temporary "embargoes" on newly completed PhD dissertations and issued the following statement.

Posted: December 13, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Mourns the Passing of Michael G. Kammen

Michael G. KammenThe OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Michael G. Kammen. He died on November 29 2013 at the age of 77. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians from 1995 to 1996. Kammen was the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture (emeritus) at Cornell University, where he taught from 1965 until 2008. Read more >

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Posted: December 2, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


Acting Editor Chosen for New OAH Publication

William GillisOctober 7, 2013. Please join us in welcoming William Gillis as the acting editor for the new OAH membership publication currently in development. Gillis, who received his PhD from the Indiana University School of Journalism with a minor in American Studies, has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and reporter for more than a dozen years.

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Posted: October 8, 2013
Tagged: News of the Organization


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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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
Tagged: News of the Organization


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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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
Tagged: News of the Organization


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
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Explores New Publication Possibilities

OAH President Al Camarillo provides an update on the fall 2012 OAH Executive Board meeting where a task force was formed to explore new publication possibilities in a digital age.

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Posted: December 13, 2012
Tagged: News of the Organization


Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Fall 2012

The OAH Executive Board took action on items placed on its November agenda. These items included: creating a sponsored membership category for students and recent college graduates; establishing a Committee of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Historians and Histories; appointing a task force to explore new publication opportunities in the digital age; and approving appointments of individuals to OAH service and award committees

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Posted: December 11, 2012
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OAH Announces Inaugural
Teaching Seminar in China

With generous funding from the Ford Foundation, the Organization of American Historians and the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) are cosponsoring a teaching seminar in the People's Republic of China. Northeast Normal University in Changchun will host the inaugural seminar in June 2013. The OAH International Committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established scholars interested in leading an advanced seminar focusing on American social history. The November 2 deadline for applications is quickly approaching.

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Posted: October 19, 2012
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Action Items of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2012

The OAH Executive Board took action on its April agenda items, including approving the organization's budget for fiscal year 2013, establishing new travel grants and a new book prize in labor history, as well as approving appointments to the OAH Magazine of History Editorial Board and forming a new committee on disability and disability history.

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Posted: May 21, 2012
Tagged: News of the Organization


Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service

The OAH is pleased to announce the availability of Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, a new report examining the practice and presentation of American history in the National Park Service and at its sites.

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Posted: February 21, 2012
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Professional Organizations and Political Engagements

The Organization of American Historians recently conducted an “interchange” conversation among current and past leaders of the organization. The discussion focuses on the complex relationship between the duties, professional obligations, and avowed mission of a learned society and the personal or political ideologies of the individual members it represents. Ed Linenthal, editor of the Journal of American History, facilitated the lively online discussion.

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Posted: February 9, 2012
Tagged: News of the Organization


2012 OAH Annual Business Meeting

The OAH Business Meeting will be held immediately preceding the OAH Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address, Saturday April 21 at 3:30 p.m. All OAH members are encouraged to attend and participate in the governance of the organization. Proposals for action by the OAH shall be made in the form of ordinary motions or resolutions. As outlined in Article VIII, Section 3 of the OAH Constitution and Bylaws (http://www.oah.org/about/constitution.html), all such motions or resolutions must be submitted at least thirty days prior to the meeting (or March 22, 2012) to the OAH Executive Director Katherine M. Finley and the OAH Parliamentarian Jonathan Lurie. Proposals should be sent to the OAH, 112 North Bryan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408.

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Posted: January 12, 2012
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board

The OAH Executive Board took action on several of its November agenda items, including hearing reports from the task forces assigned to examine the annual meeting and membership, reviewing a proposed plagiarism policy, discussing disability issues, and approving appointments of individuals to OAH service and award committees.

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Posted: December 19, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization