Executive Director’s Report

By Kristine McCusker
February 2022 Newsletter

The OHA Executive Office is happy to report that we are well along our National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship grant. We received almost 180 applications for year long and short-term fellowships, and our committee of panelists, led by Kelly Navies, is hard at work evaluating the outstanding submissions. We will be notifying successful applicants by the end of March. We are delighted to have the opportunity to promote such outstanding oral history work with these NEH grant funds. Co-Executive Director Louis Kyriakoudes and President Amy Starecheski are hard at work overseeing the program. Thank you to everyone, especially Program Associate Faith Bagley, who has participated in making this a success.

The Executive Office search is going forward. We have been working with the Task Force to ensure that the transition to the next Executive Office is seamless and that it continues OHA’s trajectory of growth and success in promoting oral history. The change will occur in December 2022.

We are on track to have a successful in-person conference Oct. 19-22 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. At the Midwinter Council meeting in early March, the Council will be on site and ensuring that the various health protocols and potentials will provide a safe and meaningful conference.  We look forward to seeing everyone in person!

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