OHMAR Virtual Conference CFP Extended, Martha Ross Prize Reminder, and More...

Melissa Ziobro Discussion

CFP Extended!

We at Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) have extended the deadline to submit proposals for our 2022 Annual Meeting, “Time to Chat? Oral History as Conversation.” The theme encourages both explorations of how people approach oral history, and conversations people are having about oral history. Papers, panels, and posters need not be related to this theme in order to be considered. Submissions on all topics related to the Mid-Atlantic Region or by oral historians in the Mid-Atlantic Region are welcome. 

The conference will take place Friday, April 29 - Saturday, April 30. As we announced in November, the conference will be held virtually again this year for a number of reasons related to the ongoing public health crisis. These include the health and safety of all, but also the financial implications of the pandemic for many. 


Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Martha Ross Prize

Named in honor of our late founding member, OHMAR’s Martha Ross Prize is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student creating original work in oral history. This award recognizes the achievements of the student and their contributions to the field of oral history. It also provides financial assistance for the student’s current project (i.e., for travel or transcription costs, research, archiving, technology purchases, etc.) in the amount of $500. Applications will be accepted January 8 - March 8, 2022. Recipients will be notified by March 31, 2022. See more here

In Memoriam

We recently learned of the death of Charles “Stu” Kennedy, a longtime OHMAR member and Pogue Award recipient. When Stu retired from the state department in the 1980s, he started the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection, which has grown to thousands of interviews. You can see more about Stu’s life and work here, and read an oral history with him, conducted by past OHMAR President David Winkler, here. We send our sincerest condolences to Stu’s family, friends, and colleagues.