By Kristine McCusker
April 2022 Newsletter
We hope everyone is doing well and is ready for summer!
The Executive Office has been busy setting up the new National Endowment for the Humanities fellows program. But we’ve been working on other projects as well. Summer is coming so that means the OHA elections and awards season is fast coming up. We will have more information about the elections in the next newsletter, but Program Associate Faith Bagley and the Awards Committees have been hard at work, updating the awards. They have created online forms to make it easier to submit nomination materials. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 1. Here are the awards:
Article Award: This award recognizes a published article or essay that uses oral history to make a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship; and/or significantly advances understanding of important theoretical issues in oral history; and/or is an outstanding example of sound oral history methodology.
Mason Multimedia Awards: This award recognizes outstanding oral history projects, collections, exhibits and multimedia presentations for the public. Up to three awards will be given each year.
Book Award: This award recognizes a published book that uses oral history to make a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship; and/or significantly advances understanding of important theoretical issues in oral history; and/or is an outstanding example of sound oral history methodology.
Postsecondary Teaching Award: Presented biannually in even-numbered years, this award recognizes a distinguished postsecondary educator involved in undergraduate, graduate, continuing or professional education who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way.
Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi (“Voice of the People”) Annual Award: This award honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement in using oral history to create a more humane and just world, with special consideration given to candidates whose body of work is substantial enough to be regarded as a significant achievement. Nominees may include those who use oral history as a means of furthering social justice as well as those collecting oral histories of social justice advocates. The award comes with a cash prize of $200.
For more information, see the Awards website here: https://oralhistory.org/award/
Don’t forget that the OHA now has a new phone number, in anticipation of the move to the new Executive Office. That number is 615-624-2688. Give us a call sometime.