Teacher Workshops

Join OHA for their conference Saturday Workshops. Please see www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting for registration details.

**To receive a CEU, teachers must sign up for both Saturday workshops

In the Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Oral History Tools, Techniques and Methodology ($40)

8:30 to 12:00

Workshop Leader: Virginia Espino, Moon Canyon Films

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History — Teacher Workshop ($5)

1:00 to 4:30

Workshop Leaders: Cliff Mayotte and Claire Keifer, Voice of Witness

In the Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Oral History Tools, Techniques and Methodology  

Interested in rescuing lost histories? Thinking of staring an oral history project in your community? Do you want to conduct a family oral history but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is an introduction to oral history tools, techniques and methodology. It is intended for those new to the field and will begin with an overview of oral history and its multiple uses. The workshop will provide students with an introductory understanding of the methods for conducting oral history based on the best practices outlined by the Oral History Association and will cover the range of issues involved in preparing for and conducting a quality interview.

Topics to be discussed include:

Drawing up interview outlines and questions

Effective interviewing techniques

Legal and ethical concerns

Access and preservation

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History — Teacher Workshop 

(Registration for both Introduction to Oral History and Teacher Workshop is required for CEU)

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History begins by exploring the question, “If you had a meaningful story to share with someone, what would you need to feel safe, to feel brave?  This hands-on workshop for educators in academic and community settings offers a pedagogy developed by Voice of Witness that honors listening and resilience and reinforces oral history as a powerful mode of inquiry. Attendees will explore the nuances and complexities of creating and maintaining brave spaces during their oral history projects by receiving Common Core-aligned curricular resources, participating in small group discussions and activities, and by practicing and analyzing oral history interviews. From examining oral history through a lens of cultural norms, insider/outsider status, power dynamics, and representation, workshop facilitators will provide participants the tools to address the responsibilities connected to amplifying the unheard voices in their schools and communities.

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