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Amplified Initiative

Jan 1, 2019

This is an episode of the Amplified Initiative, a project of the Organization of American Historians ( and presented by the Oral History Association ( This project aims to broaden the impact of the OAH’s 2018 conference by asking partner organizations to develop material, based on the conference panels, that will be shared with each partner’s specific audience.

In this episode we are listening to the Beyond the Monograph, Beyond the Margins: The Challenge of Interpretative and Inclusive Histories. This roundtable brings together five scholars who are committed to presenting cutting edge research within their respective fields to non-academics. As experts in disability history, indigenous history, and Chicana/o history, they hope to deepen and broaden the public’s understanding of the American past by offering sweeping interpretative histories that challenge more familiar narratives. In pursuit of this goal, they individually have contributed to museum exhibitions, offered public lectures, and written surveys aimed at the widest possible audience.

Chair: Catherine Kudlick, San Francisco State University

• Lorena Oropeza, University of California, Davis
• Catherine Kudlick, San Francisco State University
• Paul Ortiz, University of Florida, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

You can listen to the full version of this panel, as well as other presentations that didn’t make into the podcast, at