Book Distinguished Lectureship Program speakers now for 2015

BLOOMINGTON—Great speakers on hundreds of fascinating topics in American history are available for public presentations through the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

Widely sought for lectures at museums, libraries, churches, schools, and other public and private venues, these leading experts in American history are participants in OAH's popular Distinguished Lectureship Program.

Specializing in U.S. history from the 1600s through the present, OAH lecturers share unique historical perspectives that relate to current social, political, and economic events. Topics and subject matter include:

  • Pivotal events, like the writing of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and civil rights protests
  • Democracy, the founders, state and federal government, and law
  • Diversity, multiculturalism, race relations, racism, and the interactions of diverse native peoples and immigrants throughout U.S. history
  • Early America, the Civil War era and Reconstruction, the gilded age and progressive years, and post-modernism
  • Agriculture, industrialization, labor, transportation, and commerce, including business, capitalism, economics, entrepreneurism, and finance
  • Education, educational movements, trends in teaching, technology, and science
  • Foreign affairs, international relations, diplomacy, and military allies and foes past and present
  • Gender and sexuality, families, parenting, childhood and youth, religion and religious movements, medicine, healthcare, disability, crime, and violence
  • Politics, political movements, presidential history, and elections and campaigns
  • Popular culture and books, movies, sports, recreation, television, radio, theatre, music, art, photography, mass media, printing, architecture, and fashion
  • Social movements including human and civil rights, emancipation, suffrage and women's rights, desegregation, voting rights, labor unionism, and socialism
  • Urban, suburban, rural, and regional exploration and development in America, including New England, the south, expansion into the Great Lakes and Midwestern states, the American west, and U.S. borderlands 
  • War, peace, the U.S. military, naval operations, battles, massacres, major conflicts from colonial to modern times, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War, II, the Korean War, Vietnam, September 11, and the War on Terrorism.

For a complete list of topics and participating speakers, information about costs, upcoming lectures, reviews, and how to schedule a speaker, visit, call 812.855.7311, or e-mail

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Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,800 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than nine decades. It also publishes The American Historian magazine. Formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), the association became the OAH in 1965 to reflect a broader scope focusing on national studies of American history. The OAH national headquarters are located in the historic Raintree House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places at Indiana University.

Posted: December 1, 2014
Tagged: OAH Press Releases, News of the Organization