At the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), held this year in New Orleans, at the awards ceremony on Saturday April 8, 2017, Christopher McKnight Nichols was named one of 31 new Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers. Nichols is director of the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities. He specializes in the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism, and globalization.
The OAH is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship with 7,800 members worldwide. It promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history and also publishes the Journal of American History, the journal record in the field of American History.
The OAH established the Distinguished Lecturers Program in 1981 and sends lecturers to speak to audiences across the country at museums, libraries, universities, community centers, churches and synagogues, and other venues. They promote understanding and appreciation of all facets of U.S. history from the 1600s to the present, which is an essential component of the organization’s mission.
“We thank these historians for their service to the organization and for helping advance our mission,” said Katherine M. Finley, OAH’s executive director. “We congratulate them on achieving this high honor.”