This chapter presents comments from the new executive director, Katherine Finley, on present-day challenges and the Organization of American Historians' responses to them. Among these are the crisis in the teaching of history; a serious reduction in the demand for history graduates; the reduction in tenure-track teaching positions at colleges and universities; the increasing use of and reliance on digital technologies for scholarly communication; the migration from print to online publishing of academic journals; the global economic downturn that has resulted in slashes to state budgets used to support travel funds for professional development; political challenges from state and local school boards influencing how history is taught in schools; and the growing impact of specialty history associations.
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