The Inaugural SOHA Summer Bootcamp Begins!

The Southwest Oral History Association is excited to announce the beginning of its Inaugural Summer Bootcamp (virtual), June 14-18, 2021.

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Call for Submissions to the Summer 2021 SOHA Newsletter

We want to feature you and all the great works and things happening relating to oral history with our SOHA membership!

The Southwest Oral History Association is calling for submissions to include in our Summer 2021 Newsletter. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021. Please submit news, articles, and images to be considered for the newsletter via email as attachments to soha@unlv.edu.

Please use Word documents for the written pieces, and use JPEG or PNG with a resolution of about 300 DPI for images. Written pieces need to be less than 300 words, but contributors are welcome to submit longer articles to be featured on our SOHA blog. We can share links to the fuller articles in the newsletter and SOHA social media.

Please spread the word about this call for submissions to our newsletter. We prepare a SOHA newsletter periodically, so look out for future updates about them.

We hope that you are enjoying the summer!

If you have any questions, please contact us at soha@unlv.edu.

Announcing the first SOHA Virtual Oral History Boot Camp

The Southwest Oral History Association is delighted to announce our first virtual oral history boot camp! We invite scholars, students, and oral historians at all levels to join us for this 5-day intensive training. Whether you are new to oral history, or looking for a jolt of energy, this boot camp may be for you!

Please see below for some specifics:


Dates: The Boot Camp will be Monday, June 14-Friday, June 18. On Friday, June 11, participants will receive all materials in advance of the camp.

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Anti-AAPI Violence

Following the recent violent attacks against the Asian American community, various organizations and communities have responded to support neighbors, friends, and families. The Oral History Association, for example, has “gathered together resources that we might rely on as we stand firm against racial injustice pitted toward Asian and Pacific Islander communities.


They include:


For an historical view, see this video from the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MOCA), “Remember. Record. Respect: History of Anti-AAPI Violence and Discrimination.”


You can also:
Support Georgia’s Asian-American communities
Anyone experiencing (or witnessing) violence or hate can report it to Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC here: https://www.standagainsthatred.org/report
Follow Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition addressing anti-Asian hate amid the COVID-19 pandemic: https://stopaapihate.org/


Tune into this event at 6 pm ET on March 23, 2021 sponsored by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop that focuses on anti-Asian violence and Black-Asian solidarity: “Anti-Asian Violence and Black-Asian Solidarity Today” Free and Public Lecture with Tamara K. Nopper. This lecture will last 2 hours and is free to the public. Nopper’s lecture will examine the alarm and growing discourse regarding “anti-Asian violence,” currently circulating in mainstream and social media among pundits, celebrities, and Asian American community organizers across the country. The lecture will examine the merging of fighting “anti-Asian violence” with the promotion of “Black-Asian solidarity” in the context of COVID-19. This lecture calls for defunding the police and for abolition. This Free Zoom Webinar has a cap of 100 attendees. Overflow will be directed to the livestream on AAWW’s Youtube channel. Live captions provided.


If you have been the victim of this violence and racism, post your stories here: https://www.mocanyc.org/get-involved/racism-response/.”

SOHA at WJSA 2021

This year, the Southwest Oral History Association is one of the sponsors of the Western Jewish Studies Association (WJSA) Virtual 25th Annual Conference, which will be held March 14-16, 2021. The WJSA Virtual Conference will be based at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and its sponsors also include the UNLV College of Liberal Arts and Nevada’s Jewish Federation. Register via this link.

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Do you have a passion for oral history? Join the Southwest Oral History Association!

Take this opportunity to join our oral history community. Membership in SOHA provides meaningful opportunities for participation in the exchange of information and the discussion of matters of common concern among those interested in oral history throughout the Southwest region.

Apply for the SOHA 2021 Mini-Grant

The Southwest Oral History Association is now accepting applications for the 2021 Mini-Grant.

Please see the details below to apply:

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2021
Award Notifications: April 21, 2021

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William Bauer’s 2020 Mink Address

The SOHA community presented the 2020 Mink Award to Professor William (Willy) Bauer on September 11, 2020 at the Award Ceremony during the Zoom-hosted conference. Congratulations! The James V. Mink award was established in 1984 and named after an important figure in the field of oral history. Mink dedicated himself immensely to SOHA during the organization’s early days, thus the award carries a long legacy and highlights significant contributors and contributions in the field of oral history. Please enjoy his address that he delivered live to our attendees.

“Willy’s use of oral histories and oral traditions throughout his life and career has expanded and elevated our ability to bring unheard and too often unacknowledged Native voices and life stories to light.”

 – Professor Marcie Gallo, SOHA Past-President

Good evening everyone.  First off, I would like to thank the Southwest Oral History Association for the Mink Award.  Thank you to Dr. Marcie Gallo for contacting me about the award back in January – that sure seems like a long time ago.  We miss you at UNLV Marcie!  Thanks for Dr. Farina King for organizing this year’s conference – in unusual circumstances no doubt. Thanks to Jennifer Keil for guiding me through the conference stages. And, to Caryll Dziedziak for dropping off the award at my house last night! 

As these notes of congratulations reveal and you all no doubt know, this has been an unusual year.  We are meeting in September – a far cry from March, when the conference was originally scheduled.  We are meeting on Zoom – ensuring that we remain socially distant during the ongoing COVID pandemic.  We spent the summer watching and/or participating in the social justice and Black Lives Matter movements.  And, we on are the eve of a truly momentous Presidential election in November.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to hear, read and see the oral history projects that will come from the events of the last few months. 

It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Southwest Oral History Association with the prestigious Mink Award.  In many ways, the Southwest Oral History Association launched my academic career.  As a graduate student, I won a mini-grant to conduct oral history interviews with elders from the Round Valley Indian Reservation.  These interviews became the foundation for my first book, a study of Indigenous People as migrant farmworkers in northern California. 

As I thought about the importance of oral history to my research as well as others, I was struck by one theme – relationships.  Oral history is a very intimate experience; we sit down with friends, family, strangers and we ask about their life stories.  I am reminded of the first interview I conducted for my dissertation and first book – funded by the SOHA mini-grant – it was with my grandmother, who passed away a few years ago.  My grandmother was an irascible woman – and I mean that in the best way.  We have all likely interviewed someone like her – she would not allow me to tape the session; she didn’t want to talk about certain aspects of her life.  All with good reason, of course.  Still, I remember that interview and later ones fondly – I would not trade any part of that interview for anything; that oral history brought me closer to family members. 

The other theme that I thought out in terms of oral history is the relationship to place.  I think this reflects the theme of this year’s conference: “Home(Lands) and Oral Histories of (Re)Vitalization.”  Those of you familiar with my second book California Through Native Eyes will hopefully recognize the relationship between place and history that I attempted to discuss.  More than that, though, it is the place and setting of our interviews with people that comes through.  I recall interviewing Norman Whipple, former chairman of the Round Valley Reservation.  We sat in green and white lawn chairs outside his house.  And, during the interview, he raised his arm and gestured to the mountains and related how in the 1960s the state of California wanted to build a dam that would have flooded the Valley and Reservation.  As looked up at those mountains, about two thousand feet above us, I could almost feel the weight of the water that would have been on top of us had not Norm and other Round Valley leaders fought so hard to protect the reservation. As always, it is one thing to read about historical events in primary sources; tucked away in an archive.  It is another, as well as know, to discuss those events with the people who participated in them, in the places that they occurred.

Thank you again for this honor.  I am deeply grateful to everyone for this recognition.  I hope that we can all get together and celebrate at next year’s SOHA conference.  Thank you!

Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 Newsletter

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