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Dr. Margaret O’Mara to Offer Annual Conference Keynote

The Utah Division of State History is pleased to welcome Dr. Margaret O’Mara as the Keynote Speaker for the 62nd Annual State History Conference, with her presentation entitled, “Place Matters: The Alchemy of Innovation in Utah and Beyond.”

MOMara0611 copy 2About Dr. O’Mara

Taken from Dr. O’Mara’s web site:

I write and teach U.S. history at the University of Washington in Seattle.  I’ve written about Silicon Valley, national politics, economic globalization, postindustrial cities, and higher education. My current research examines the technology industry’s impact on politics, culture, and place since 1970.

In addition to my academic work, I work with government, business, and civic organizations on projects exploring how innovation drives growth and change.  Most recently, I was the lead curatorial advisor to the Bezos Center for Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry.

At the UW, I offer undergraduate and graduate courses in political, economic, and urban history as well as serve as Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department.

I am an OAH Distinguished Lecturer, hold leadership roles in the Social Science History Association and theUrban History Association, and was a fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.  I received my MA/PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania and my BA from Northwestern.

Read more about Dr. O’Mara about, and plan to hear her remarks at the 62nd Annual Utah State History Conference!