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THATCamp Oral History Association

This year, for the first time, an oral history THATCamp is being held in conjunction with the Oral History Association conference.  In order for this event to go forward, we need to have at least 25 people registered by September 21st. If you were considering signing up for this THATCamp, please do so as quickly as possible. If you will be attending the OHA conference, you can register for THATCamp in the “workshops” section of the registration form at . If you will not be going to the OHA meetings but would still like to participate in this THATCamp, please visit

If you haven’t been to one of these events in the past, this is your chance to try out an unconference in a friendly setting. If you have attended one already, you know what all the fuss is about and will be eager to sign on.  In any event, please register by September 21st so that we can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. The event is being generously sponsored by the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities and the Ohio Humanities Council. Click here for more information on THATCamp OHA
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Oral History in the Digital Age Project Launch

The Oral History Association is pleased to announce the launch of the Oral History in the Digital Age (OHDA) website at The website features numerous essays, articles, and videos about best practices in collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital oral histories.  This resource a product of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership project and a collaboration among the Michigan State University Digital Humanities Center, MatrixMichigan State University Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, the American Folklore Society, and the Oral History Association. Seven interdisciplinary working groups composed of experts and practitioners from museums, libraries, and scholarly societies worked to produce recommendations around core topics including intellectual property, transcriptions, digital video, technology, scholarship, preservation, and access. Final recommendations from all groups were compiled and published on the OHDA website as a guide to conducting digital oral history.

The need for this project stems from the way in which twenty-first century, digital technologies are transforming oral history. As mobile devices, digital recorders, online repositories and the like become more prevalent, oral historians need to be educated as to  new methods available— as well as the risks and rewards of those methods. The OHDA essay collection is a valuable and timely resource and one that the OHA is proud to be a part of. We welcome you to investigate the sources listed at



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OHA Announces New Host Institution

The Oral History Association has recently concluded its national search for a new institutional home and its first executive director. The process began last year, when Dickinson College informed us that it was not in a position to renew its contract. We are pleased to announce that the search is over, and OHA has signed a five-year contract with Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. The OHA offices will be based in GSU’s History Department. In addition to housing OHA, GSU will also be providing the association with its new executive director, Dr. Cliff Kuhn. We are all very pleased and excited, and we look forward to working with GSU and Cliff beginning January 1, 2013. This move marks an important opportunity for growth and development for both the association and the field. Annual conference participants will have the chance to talk with Cliff at the Cleveland meeting, where there will be a session for people to share their ideas and thoughts regarding the association.  More details will be available in the upcoming OHA Newsletter.

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Archived: OHA 2012 Online Election Deadline: September 21

This year all current OHA members as of July 15 will have the opportunity to vote in our new online election process.  Simply use the URL :

Deadline: September 21, 2012

You will need your membership number which was printed on an election card that was recently mailed.  If you did not receive a card, please contact  We hope this new electronic balloting process will be both easy and fun.  Thanks for voting.

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A Call for Submissions on Pedagogy

The Oral History Review’s Section on Pedagogy

Across the country and throughout the world, grade to graduate school teachers, professors, and program coordinators are integrating oral history into their pedagogical practice.  In order to capture the transformative power of oral history as an educational methodology, the Oral History Review, the journal of the Oral History Association, dedicated its Winter/Spring 2011 issue to “Pedagogy.”

In order to continue to be the leading disseminator of projects, programs, and instructional practices that emerge from the use of oral history as an educational methodology, the Oral History Review will launch a yearly pedagogy section as a permanent feature of the Review in 2012.

Glenn Whitman, author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History, will serve as editor of this section.  The Review is seeking article submissions from the both the national and international perspective that reflect the experience of educators and the work of students on all levels, from grade school through graduate education.

If you are interested in writing on pedagogy, or have a suggestion or interest in a specific type of article, potential author or innovative project that should be highlighted, please submit your ideas to

This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate transformative teaching and learning and the important contributions students can make to the historical record, as well as other uses and applications of oral history, when empowered with the opportunity to be and think like oral historians.

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Proposed changes to the Common Rule

Earlier in 2011, the federal government has requested comment on proposed changes to the Common Rule, which regulates research on what are termed “human subjects.”  Comments were due by October 26, but it will be important for oral historians to keep abreast of the situation as it unfolds (although there have been no developments posted since the deadline).  The proposed changes seem to be a very mixed bag for oral history and history—offering both an opportunity to address past concerns about the effect federal regulations, and hence IRB review, have on oral history and potentially new problems for history under the rubric of “information risk.”  For more info…

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