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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this new electronic balloting process will be both easy and fun. Thanks for voting.
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…
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.
Stetson Kennedy died at 9:25 a.m., August 27, 2011. He was 94. A friend to labor, folkore and to the oral history movement, Stetson will truly be missed. His memory lives on in the Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Annual Award dedicated to promoting social justice work among oral historians. More…