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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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New OHA Development Committee – Call for Volunteer Members

OHA is establishing a new Development Committee charged with designing entrepreneurial plans for OHA’s financial growth and actively fundraising for the Association, both externally and internally.  The Committee will meet for the first time in Denver, on Thursday, October 13, 12-1:15pm in Ballroom A.  If you are interested please contact the OHA President, Rina Benmayor, or come to the meeting.

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OHA Announces New Journal Editors

Exciting Changes for the Oral History Review!


On January 1, 2012, the editorship of the Oral History Review will change hands, and—in a departure for the OHA—an editorial team is coming on board.  Kathy Nasstrom, of the University of San Francisco, will become the editor and Troy Reeves, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will step into a new position of managing editor.  Kathy will be responsible for the overall management and development of the journal, and Troy will handle its production.  Kathy and Troy have identified their top priorities as: 1– strengthening the OHR as the journal of record for the field of oral history in the U.S.; 2– developing a more thoroughly international, interdisciplinary, and multimedia journal; 3– crafting a journal that meets the needs of the Association’s diverse constituencies.  John Wolford will continue as book review editor; Jennifer Abraham Cramer as media review editor; and—in another departure—a new position is being created to develop the multimedia capacity of the OHRDoug Boyd, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, will assume this position.  Stay tuned for more on all of these developments!

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