Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting

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Join us at the Hilton Atlanta for four days of networking, education, resources, and services at the OAH Annual Meeting. We have added new and exciting features to help you easily connect with colleagues, stay updated on the latest research, and get tips on best practices. We are expanding the exhibit hall beyond the book displays to include resources and services for the history professional.

New this Year

  • THATCamp, will kick off the conference on Wednesday, April 9.
  • “To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine,” written and performed by Ian Ruskin, will take place on Thursday afternoon, April 10.
  • “Hey I know your work!” Mentorship Program: Young PhD’s and graduate students can meet senior scholars over a cup of coffee to discuss their research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted.
  • Come see the "SNNC Freedom Singers" on Friday, April 11. During the early 1960s the Freedom Singers, from Albany, performed throughout the country to raise funds for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and to inform audiences about the grassroots organizing campaigns expanding in communities across the South.

For a more complete list, see the program and our conference highlights.

2014 Conference Theme is “Crossing Borders”

The meeting theme, "Crossing Borders," applies not only to the session topics but also to the entire conference. More than two hundred sessions and workshops will cross the borders of professions, career levels, historical specialties, and interests to provide attendees with opportunities for scholarly and professional development.

The history of the United States is a product of migrations both internal and international. Along with people, goods and ideas crossed these borders, reshaping the composition and character of the American people. Sometimes the borders and boundaries were physical, as when international migrants crossed oceans and continents, or when large numbers of individuals migrated from one region of the country to another, or when the lure of wealth and influence led to foreign invasions and conquests. Those on the move were accompanied by bacteria or viruses, microorganisms whose migration across borders also shaped human experience. Borders were also framed by culture— racial, ethnic, class, and gender differences that perennially redefined our population and social order. The theme for the 2014 conference seeks to examine, in all their complexity, a broad array of border crossings and "encounters" in U.S. history, highlighting the contributions and challenges presented by those who transcended borders to redefine their lives or flee the constraints of their pasts.