For many of us, family is the obvious—and sometimes most complicated—place to start our work as oral historians. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use oral history to document and preserve their family stories. We’ll discuss common challenges: convincing your family to participate, delving into sensitive subjects and secrets, and working with interviewees who may suffer from memory loss...Read More
This creative writing workshop investigates traumatic experience and memory through poetry and storytelling. Together, we will read and discuss poems from a wide range of combat veteran poets, such as Wilfred Owen, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Brian Turner. Participants will compose original poems that investigate experience and memory as a vehicle for addressing, understanding, and healing from trauma.
In the afternoon, participants will expand their writing through physical movement and expression. Read More, here
This hands-on workshop — open to all — is based on our popular 10-day intensive, covering oral history theory, method and practice. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll address interview techniques, recording tutorials, ethics, memory, trauma, annotation and experimental outcomes. Come all ye documentarians, journalists, artists, media-makers, educators and those looking to learn new things in good company! No experience necessary. Read More, here
Come all ye budding oral historians, artists, advocates, and researchers who wish to make of use of oral history in your practices. This immersive summer workshop is a rigorous introduction to the field of Oral History. Over the course of twelve days, we’ll cover interview techniques, project design, recording tutorials, and ethics, along with special topics related to the field. This is a great opportunity to jump-start a project in a supportive environment, or to get this training under your belt for future projects with the benefit of deadlines and critique. Participants will be conducting interviews throughout the week. No experience necessary. This year's workshop will include special sessions on 'Oral History & Care,' as led by MD/MPH candidate Ry Garcia-Sampson (Improving Health and Healthcare: A Trans Oral History Project) and Palliative Care.......Read More
In this special workshop for teachers working with children ages three to five, we will explore the relationship between oral history best practices and pedagogical ideals in the early childhood classroom. Specifically, we'll emphasize the use of listening, open-ended questions, and silence.
How can oral history training help us to identify our strengths, weaknesses, and preferences as speakers and as listeners? How can we respectfully inhabit our role as teacher/interviewer, using our questions to invite mutual exploration and greater understanding?.....Read More