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OHA in Cuba

The Oral History Association is going to Cuba!

December 13 – 20, 2019!

*** The OHA is aware of recent US policy changes regarding travel to Cuba- our trip has not been cancelled.

Cuba is a country unlike any other in the world, and our members have chronicled its complicated history, politics, and culture for decades. Today we invite you to join our premier, all-inclusive week long research trip to this fascinating island country. Our tour will take us from Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad, where we will meet with distinguished professors of history, economics, sociology from the University of Havana, visit museums with renowned art historians, and enjoy music at private concerts with Cuba’s foremost jazz and trova artists. We will hear the stories of Afro-Cuban activists, visit the private studios of celebrated artists, and drink and dine at the new paladars (private restaurants), introduced as part of Raul Castro’s economic reforms.

Your journey will be hosted by Charles Bittner, who has brought thousands of academics, writers, diplomats, and physicians to Cuba. Charles teaches sociology at St. John’s University in NYC, where his work focuses on cultural and political institutions. Charles served as Academic Liaison for The Nation magazine for almost two decades, where, among other responsibilities, he directed the magazine’s renowned Cuba travel program. Since leaving the magazine, he has arranged and hosted educationally-centered tours of Cuba for various academic and cultural  organizations, including The New Republic, The Authors Guild, History News Network, Volunteers in Medicine, Galeria Cubana in Boston, Acoustic Guitar magazine, and Drums magazine. He’s traveled over 30 times to Cuba in the last six years.

Travel to Cuba is authorized under a “support for the Cuban people” or “professional research” license.
A portion of the proceeds will help support the OHA.

General Travel Information from the Host

Have more questions about the trip and its itinerary?
Contact Charles Bittner at or 617-833-1435.

Have questions about registering?
Contract the Oral History Association office at or 615-898-2544.

Trip Information

Tentative Itinerary


Double Occupancy (per person)*: $3695

Single Occupancy:                       $4195

* One person in the double occupancy must be a member in order for both to qualify for membership pricing.


Double Occupancy (per person):  $3995

Single Occupancy                       $4495


  • Five nights at The Hotel NH Capri La Habana, a four star hotel in the Vedado district.
  • Two nights at Casa Particulares (Bed and Breakfasts) in Trinidad
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners as listed on the itinerary
  • All local ground transportation
  • Speaker fees
  • Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
  • Coordination of all listed activities
  • Pre-trip departure information
  • Compliance with US Treasury Department regulations
  • All other activities and events listed on the itinerary


  • Airfare to/from Havana, and airline baggage fees
  • Cuban visa
  • Hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
  • Meals other than those listed on itinerary
  • Trip cancellation insurance*
  • Any deviation from the itinerary
  • Gratuities to the Cuban tour guide and driver

*We highly recommend buying trip insurance. Here are some options: Cathy Hart,, at The Cruise and Vacation Authority; and AIG/Travel Guard, 1-800-826-4919​.

To Register


  • A $1,500 deposit per person is due in order to register for the trip. This is due with your registration.
  • Full payment will be due September 1, 2019

Register online here:
Make your final payment online here:

*Please note that you will have to log in to your membership account in order to register. If you are not a member, you will have to create an account and log in. If you are registering under double occupancy, please register the second traveler as a guest on the online registration form.

You can also pay by check by filling out and mailing in this Registration Form.

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2019 Call for Posters Open


Call for Posters
Oral History Association
2019 Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah

The online submission portal is available here. See the full Call for Posters for more information.


The Oral History Association (OHA) is now accepting submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the OHA Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History” are most welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Posters are often used to showcase a completed project, or to communicate ideas about research in progress.


Submission requirements: Proposals should include a title and a description of how the poster or project relates to the theme. Abstracts can be up to 250 words.  Please provide information about how the display will convey information visually. Because OHA evaluates only the abstract in its decision, be sure that it clearly conveys the purpose of your presentation. The final deadline for submissions is July 8, 2019, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Notification:  For proposals submitted by May 8, 2019, the primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by June 1. For proposals submitted by July 8, 2019, submitters will be contacted no later than August 1.


Proposal Queries may be directed to:

Carlos Lopez, 2019 Program Co-chair
Arizona State Archives, email:

Adrienne Cain, 2019 Program Co-chair
Baylor University Institute for Oral History, email:

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Co-Executive Directors Report

By Kristine McCusker and Louis Kyriakoudes

It has been a year since the Executive Office moved from Georgia State University, and we are thankful that we are not nearly as busy this January and February as we were this time last year. This has given us time to attend to some bigger projects.

For example, Faith Bagley, our intrepid program associate, has been moving our website from a server at Michigan State University to Go Daddy. It has been a relatively glitch-free process, thanks to Faith’s hard work, but we’re still making the changes and figuring out where the transition did not go smoothly. Thanks for your patience while we finish this process.

Among the new projects we’re pursuing is the first ever OHA-sponsored trip to Cuba, guided by Charles Bittner, who will be leading our group on a tour in December. We’ll be releasing details soon. We’re also working on our first webinar, most likely one on oral history podcasting, that will come out in June.

At the same time, we’re busily planning the next OHA conference, which will be in Salt Lake City. Thanks to the Program Committee, Allison Tracy-Taylor, Adrienne Cain and Carlos Lopez for their hard work in putting together the call for papers. It promises to be a terrific conference in a beautiful area. We hope you’ll join us.

Finally, our doctoral student, Jordan Alexander, has left us to complete his required third year internship. We are grateful for his hard work and wish him the best. Jennifer Ruch, also a doctoral student, has replaced him and has taken over the social media for the organization. Welcome, Jenn!

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