Publication Date

September 1, 2014

Perspectives Section


The Oral History Association was selected as a member of the American Council for Learned Societies on May 9, 2014. The ACLS is a federation of over 70 scholarly organizations in the United States. Membership in the ACLS provides opportunities for OHA members to interact with colleagues in a variety of fields and disciplines. The OHA aims to elevate oral history practice for individuals and associations interested in oral history, providing training in oral history methods, ethics, and interpretive issues. The OHA can also foster appreciation of public humanities work in diverse formats and media. For more information, go to

The American Conference on Irish Studies held its annual meeting in Dublin in June; some four hundred scholars attended, including many historians of Ireland and the Irish diaspora. Plenary sessions featured well-attended talks by historians Kevin Kenny (Boston Coll.) and Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge Univ.). At the conference, the James S. Donnelly Prize for History and the Social Sciences books was awarded toWilliam Jenkins, Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867–1916 (McGill-Queen’s Univ. Press, 2013), and the Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book went to Benjamin Bankhurst for Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora, 1750–1764 (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013).

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