2015 OHA Annual Meeting
October 14-18, 2015
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Make plans to attend the 2015 OHA Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. The annual meeting attracts a broad range of people and features the best work in the field. The meeting enables students and both emerging and established scholars to network and learn valuable skills. This year’s theme, “Stories of Social Change and Social Justice,” focuses special attention on the power of oral history to uncover links between political and cultural change and to inspire civic engagement.
The preliminary program for the 2015 annual meeting is available at 2015 Program. You may search the online program by day, time, or person. You can also see a daily schedule in grid form this year when you select “Program Calendar” from the menu. We will continue to add chairs for sessions and other details to the program throughout the summer.
If you prefer to register by check, download the 2015 Registration form.
Housing and Family Information
The conference hotel is the Tampa Marriott Waterside. As of Aug. 20, most of the OHA room block was filled. The hotel still has rooms available for Tuesday, Oct 13 and Saturday, Oct 17. Make your online reservation using the link TAMPA MARRIOTT. To make a phone reservation, call 1-888-789-3090. Please request the Oral History Association conference rate.
For information on other hotels nearby and tips on attending the meeting with kids, see the Housing and Family Information page.
Workshops and Tours
Learn more about OHA Wednesday workshops, our Saturday teacher workshop, and our tour offerings.
- Dynamic plenary sessions on oral history and social activism, the Guantanamo Public Memory Project, and organizing in the aftermath of Ferguson.
- Andy Garrison, independent filmmaker out of Austin, Texas, showcasing and speaking about his most recent documentary feature Trash Dance.
- OHA Presidential Reception at the Tampa Bay History Center and performance of “Gator Tales,” an original play devised and directed by Kevin Marshall in conjunction with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program featuring the unique experiences of African American students at the University of Florida over the past 50 years. The performance is made possible by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.
- Keynote speaker Charles E. Cobb, Jr., a prolific author who has worked tirelessly to document and preserve the history of the Black Freedom Movement in America. In 2011, Cobb helped establish the SNCC Legacy Project. In March, the SNCC Legacy Project in collaboration with Duke University launched the One Person One Vote website, and Cobb is on the Duke campus as “scholar/activitist” in this effort.
- Performance of Judith Sloan’s YO MISS! by actor, writer and educator Judith Sloan.
- Performance by human rights activist and comedian Hari Kondabolu, called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by the New York Times.
- The OHA mentor program linking newcomers to established oral historians;
- Oral history workshops for practitioners at all levels; and
- More than 75 general sessions highlighting recent work and new technology.
Future Annual Meetings
Long Beach, California
October 12-16, 2016
October 4-8, 2017