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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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…
Nonprint Award: At Home in Utopia (film), Michal Goldman and Ellen Brodsky, Co-producers
Emerging Crises Research Fund grant: Sawt, women’s participation in the January Revolution in Egypt.
The Nakba Archive has recorded over 650 interviews about the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and lands in 1948.
Martha Ross Teaching Award: Rosie Uyola, Edison High School Story Corps
Non-Print Format Honorable Mention: Joanna Hay and the Louis B. Nunn Center, University of Kentucky for the documentary, Quest for the Perfect Bourbon: Voices of the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South by Anne Valk and Leslie Brown.
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 OHR. Doug 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!