Congratulations to Cindy Choung (2009), the first recipient of our annual OHMA Alumni Conference Travel Award! Cindy will be chairing a roundtable at the 2016 Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California, titled: “Storytelling the Environment: Environmental Activism, Science, and Storytelling within an Intersectional Framework.”Read More
Looking for an experienced communications professional and oral historian to help your campaign, organization, or family to tell your story?
OHMA alum Leyla Vural has lauched a new venture, LV Communications: Stories that Make a Difference. Check it out.
And read about Leyla's vision:
I am most interested in our shared efforts to make the world a more just place. I studied oral history (and in May 2015 earned an M.A. in it from Columbia University) because I wanted to learn the newest methods in the oldest of traditions: listening to people share their experience. Life stories are about understanding the past, to be sure, but they're also about shaping the future. Oral history helps ordinary people (Studs Terkel called us the "etceteras") put ourselves directly on the record. That by itself is important, but listening to life stories also is a way to imagine a brighter day and sharing those stories is a way to push for change.
One of the things I love about oral history is that it’s communal. By definition, you can’t work alone if your work is about listening to people. In this way, oral history mirrors all efforts at social change and, of course, life itself. It’s not only better with other people, it’s impossible without them. Social justice may be a forever project, but together we can keep bending that arc of history while we find strength in one another and have some fun as we go.
Chen Felicia Wu is a current OHMA student. In this post, she asks, Can individual stories be the weapon to solve structural problems of sexual violence against Black women?Read More
Leyla Vural is a current OHMA student. In this post, she discusses the use of the interview in the new musical Pretty Filthy.Read More
Gender at Work and the Women's Rights Storytelling Collaborative Initiative, two Center for Oral History community partners, have several events coming up!
Oral history is evolving and continues to be a platform to study and propose change and activism. What we’ve come to understand as oral history has been turned upside down.
Catherine Charlebois, Curator with the Centre D’histoire De Montreal, adds another sentence to the developing definition of oral history.Read More
On October 24, 2013, Muriel Miguel presented a talk with a slide/video accompaniment on her life work. I felt quite honored to meet, sit and listen to Muriel speak.
Muriel Miguel has spent her life working in the performance arts. She is an actress, dancer, choreographer, educator, playwright and director.Read More