Oatis selected to participate in Yale seminar

Release Date: 2/13/2009

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks Associate Professor of History Dr. Steven Oatis has been invited to participate in a seminar on American slave narratives at Yale University this summer.

Dr. OatisThe seminar is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Glider Lehman Institute of American History and will be led by Professor David W. Blight, professor of American history at Yale.

Oatis was one of 30 professors from around the country who were selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants.

“I’ve done a lot of work with literary sources in my history classes, and I’ve even taught some early American literature courses, so I think that may have done a lot for my application,” Oatis said. “I am hopeful that this seminar will teach me a lot for a course on American slavery that I’m planning to teach at Ozarks within the next few years.”

Oatis has taught at U of O since 1999. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Emory University.