OHMAR Conference Keynote Announced; Registration Open until 3/29; and More...

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Conference Keynote Announced

The OHMAR 2023 keynote will be delivered by Sarah Dziedzic, and is tentatively titled, “Laboring, Listening, and Organizing for Better Working Conditions in Oral History.” Sarah is an oral historian, teaching artist, project consultant, and workshop facilitator based in New York City. She has produced numerous oral history projects in partnership with museums, archives, school programs, and community groups on NYC neighborhood history, visual arts, and cultural heritage. She is a vocal advocate for economic accessibility within the oral history profession and across the cultural work sector, and in 2022 received an NEH-funded mini-grant from the Oral History Association to carry out research on this topic. She has also produced literary memoirs with Seven Stories Press and Autonomedia, and was a founding board member of Word Up Community Bookshop, a volunteer-run, multilingual bookstore and cultural space. She graduated from Columbia's Oral History Master of Arts program in 2011.

OHMAR Conference 2023: What Is the Cost? Exploring the Human and Financial Toll of Oral History

Registration for our 2023 conference is still live! The conference will take place March 30-31 at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. The program will include a keynote talk, 6 different panels, our annual Pogue Award presentations, our annual Martha Ross Prize presentation, OHMAR business meeting, a networking event, and a workshop on Friday to conclude the conference proceedings. This year's conference is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Science History Institute.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohmar-conference-2023-what-is-the-cost-tickets-538078275607)

See the draft program here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_GbCAdLYMC4EquE9WMfnMZMI7a26eq_z2rLAbWTT9tM/edit?usp=sharing

OHMAR Elections 

Our board elections will be held at our annual conference. We have the following candidates running:

Anna Kaplan for President 

Anna F. Kaplan, PhD, is a scholar and oral historian in Washington, DC, with a specialization in memory and public narrative creation around race in the US South. She is a Professorial Lecturer and Resident Public Historian at American University and serves as the Vice President of the Board for Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and a co-chair of the Oral History Association’s Diversity Committee and Equity Audit Task Force. Anna is also a recipient of a 2022-2023 OHA/NEH mini-grant in support of her research project highlighting how pivotal Black women’s labors were in establishing oral history programs and centers at institutions in the mid-20th century US. She is currently working on her manuscript “Left by the Wayside: The Struggle over Control of the Memory of the University of Mississippi’s Desegregation,” which examines the use of memory to shape public narratives, challenging the notion that the University of Mississippi (UM) integrated in 1962 by reframing it as desegregation and the fight for integration as ongoing. She has worked on projects with the Department of State, National Park Service, the DC Oral History Collaborative, several Smithsonian Institution museums, and the US Golf Association Museum. Anna earned her PhD in History at American University and MAs in Oral History and Anthropology at Columbia University.

Sarah Schneider for At-Large Board member

Sarah Schneider is a passionate public and oral historian who currently works at the Science History Institute’s Center for Oral History, highlighting the life experiences and contributions of scientists and engineers who immigrated to the United States in the 20th century. Since 2015, Sarah has engaged with oral histories through her educational and professional work. She conducted and taught undergraduate students to conduct oral histories through the UCF Community Veterans History Project, utilized USC Shoah Foundation oral history interviews as a key source in her Master’s thesis research, and led museum tours for school and community groups using content from oral histories in my interpretation. In engaging with oral histories in community, museum, and archival settings, Sarah has gained oral history experience in a range of contexts. She hopes to bring this diversity of oral history experience to serving the OHMAR community, not only in her knowledge of the field, but also in considering the diverse ways in which community members engage with oral history work.