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WORKSHOP: Shaking the Family Tree: Oral History, Family History, and Insider Interviews*
Jan
11
to Jan 14

WORKSHOP: Shaking the Family Tree: Oral History, Family History, and Insider Interviews*

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

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WORKSHOP: Oral History for Educators
Jan
19
to Jan 21

WORKSHOP: Oral History for Educators

This workshop is designed for educators who want to bring oral history into their classrooms or learning spaces. We’ll begin with a rigorous introduction to oral history theory, methods and practice before reviewing existing curricula as a jumping off place to design our own.

We’ll think about how oral history’s best practices dovetail with our learning objectives, seizing upon the field’s potential to support active listening, ethical documentary practice along with considerations of: primary sources, myth, memory, the archive as a future history, silence, talking across difference, problem solving, shared authority, collaborative analysis and historiography…..Read More

*photo by Walter Hergt

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WORKSHOP: Oral History and Project Design
Feb
2
to Feb 7

WORKSHOP: Oral History and Project Design

Project Design is one of the most important and dynamic phases of oral history practice, giving oral historians a chance to discipline their thinking, address ethical challenges, identify sites for potential collaboration, assess their resources, define “success,” and brainstorm potential future uses beyond the archive. Project Design, which we can think of as our projects’ “superego,” stands in contrast to the wild and wooly nature of narrative, itself--offering coherence, rules, solutions and a preemptive evaluation of project limitations. Working on our Project Design at the front end can be enlivening, inspiring and revelatory when developed in chorus with peers and collaborators, as “problems” become our guides and part of our projects’ ultimate resolution.Read More

*photo by Walter Hergt

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WORKGROUP: Oral History and Early Childhood Education
Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

WORKGROUP: Oral History and Early Childhood Education

A collaboration between Oral History Summer School and the Institute of Early Childhood Pedagogy in the Hudson River Valley

In this collaborative work group, Oral History Summer School and area educators (Institute of Early Childhood Pedagogy in the Hudson River Valley) will explore the relationship between oral history best practices and pedagogical ideals in the early childhood classroom.....Read More

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Shaking the Family Tree: Oral History, Family History, and Insider Interviews
Jan
26
to Jan 29

Shaking the Family Tree: Oral History, Family History, and Insider Interviews

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

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I Am Sitting in a Room, Part I: Oral History and Writing*
Jan
11
to Jan 15

I Am Sitting in a Room, Part I: Oral History and Writing*

In this writing and oral history workshop, students experiment with a range of literary forms that use oral history as both source material and text. Monologues, oral narratives, documentary theater, and oral tone poetry are among the traditions already defined at the intersection of writing and oral history. We will explore these known traditions (and invent our own) alongside more obscure genres, dividing our days between discussions, writing exercises, screenings, select readings and optional workshop time. Oral history excels at complicating the narrative. How can we....Read More»»

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