#SOHA2018 Day Three

We are excited to share some latest updates from the SOHA business meeting!

Fantastic panel this morning with Barbara Tabach, Project Manager, Oral History Research Center, UNLV Libraries; Secretary and Newsletter Editor, SOHA Board of Directors, Emily Lapworth, Digital Collections Librarian, and Aaron Mayes, Special Collections & Archives Visual Materials Curator, UNLV Libraries.

This panel was titled, “An Oral History Project for the Digital World of Now and the Future.” When #UNLV Libraries’ Oral History Research Center began the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project [SNJHP], two objectives were established: 1) create a digital collection that provides online access to historical resources about the local Jewish community and 2) initiate a strategic collecting initiative that ensures the preservation of and access to historical primary sources about this community. To capture the essence of the important contributions of Jews to the history of Las Vegas, new and existing oral histories were a major component. Collections of photos, documents, videos and newspapers have been digitized for the project. The SNJHP required the collaboration of many unique talents to make materials available on a dedicated web portal and in UNLV’s Special Collections & Archives.

These #ASU students participated in the Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion: “Our Stories, Nuestras Historias.” We are glad to have so many Sun Devils here!

Our #SOHA2018 keynote Maylei Blackwell shares her story at the Plenary Session / Brunch in the Fullerton Marriott Grand Ballroom.
Professor Maylei Blackwell is an interdisciplinary scholar activist, oral historian, and author of ¡Chicana Power!
Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement, published with University of Texas Press. She is Associate Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies Department, and affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Professor Blackwell’s research has two distinct but interrelated trajectories that broadly analyze how women’s social movements in the U.S. and Mexico are shaped by questions of difference – factors such as race, indigeneity, class, sexuality or citizenship status – and how these differences impact the possibilities and challenges
of transnational organizing. Through collaborative and community-based research, Professor Blackwell has excavated genealogies of women of color feminism in the U.S. and accompanied indigenous women organizers in Mexico as well as feminist movements and sexual rights activists throughout Latin
American. Her most recent research with farm worker women and indigenous migrants seeks to better understand new forms of grassroots transnationalism.

Stan Rodriguez is a Kumeyaay/Iipay Ipai bird singer from Santa Ysabel Band of Digueño Indians reservation in San Diego County. He is an internationally recognized #linguist, #educator, #community #elder, and #storyteller.

And that’s a wrap! We hope to see you at @ohassociation 2018 in Montréal! Thank you @cophfullerton for hosting our SoCal Conference!

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#SOHA2018 Day One

The Southwest Oral History Association board is thrilled to have more than 130 participants attend our SoCal conference. There’s still time to join us on Saturday and Sunday for an array of inspiring panels that draw on our theme of “Elevating Voices: Oral Histories of Resilience and Unity.”

This year’s workshop attendes discussing their anxieties with conducting oral histories followed by a discussion of how to cure them with Dr. Cora Granata.

The Influence and Resilience of #Women in #Politics and Activism panel with Jessica Buckle, Sierra Sampson, Katelyn York, Helen Yoshida with moderator Marcie Gallo.

Keri Marken and Lyonne Christman attend afternoon #SOHA2018 sessions. Join us for an array presentations that represent the Southwest through Sunday, April 29th!

Thank you to the Voices from the March group from the University of Florida who delivered a passionate #performance!

Great #SOHA2018 opening reception conversations at the #Fullerton Marriott!

Farina King presented a gift to Franklin Howard, the #SOHA graduate assistant. We are grateful for all his commitment to support and grow our organization! Visit Franklin at the #Fulleton Marriott #registration table from 8am-5pm on Saturday and 8am-11am on Sunday.

Jennifer Keil, Marcie Gallo, and Cora Granata enjoyed a fun evening at the #SOHA2018 opening reception at the #Fullerton Marriott. We are grateful for their dedication to this conference with our institutional partners UNLV and CSUF.

Please visit the Silent Auction in the Fullerton Room located on the first floor of the Marriott throughout our event. We use these funds to provide scholarships to our annual conferences

SOHA Workshop at COPH

Today we start #SOHA2018 with Introductory Workshop on the Craft of Doing Oral History (Friday, April 27, 2018: 9 AM – 12:00 PM) Register with our special SOHA conference rate: $25 includes workshop, all materials, and Open House at the Center for Oral and Public History
California State University, Fullerton – Pollak Library South 360
Presented by the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton by Dr. Cora Granata, Professor of History & Associate Director of COPH. This workshop is for beginners and those who wish to brush up on the basics. All the essentials are covered such as planning, research, equipment, interviewing techniques, processing options and legal and ethical issues. Register now at southwestoralhistory.org.

#conference #community #preservationweek #CA #Fullerton #CSUF #oralhistory

Plenary Session: April 29th @ 11:15 a.m.

Keynote: Maylei Blackwell

Professor Maylei Blackwell is an interdisciplinary scholar activist, oral historian, and author of ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement, published with University of Texas Press. She is Associate Professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies Department, and affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Professor Blackwell’s research has two distinct but interrelated trajectories that broadly analyze how women’s social movements in the U.S. and Mexico are shaped by questions of difference – factors such as race, indigeneity, class, sexuality or citizenship status – and how these differences impact the possibilities and challenges of transnational organizing. Through collaborative and community-based research, Professor Blackwell has excavated genealogies of women of color feminism in the U.S. and accompanied indigenous women organizers in Mexico as well as feminist movements and sexual rights activists throughout Latin American. Her most recent research with farm worker women and indigenous migrants seeks to better understand new forms of grassroots transnationalism.

 

Closing: Stan Rodriguez

Stan Rodriguez is a Kumeyaay/Iipay Ipai bird singer from Santa Ysabel Band of Digueño Indians reservation in San Diego County. He is an internationally recognized linguist, educator, community elder, and storyteller.

 

Session Six: April 29th @ 9:30 a.m.

Marcia M. Gallo (Associate Professor of History, UNLV; Co-President, SOHA Board of Directors), Franklin Howard (MA Program, History, UNLV; Graduate Assistant, SOHA), Sarah Rodriguez (History Program, The College of William and Mary), and Leisa D. Meyer (Community Studies Professor of History, American Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies) present individual and group oral histories and interviews conducted in the early twenty-first century to reveal local and national networks that predated the conscious creation of queer neighborhoods, organizations, and media in the 1970s and 1980s.This session will explore how the development of identities informed spatial, temporal, and geographic constructions of “communities.” It also explores the impact of visual and textual representations on our communities.

Barbara Tabach (Project Manager, Oral History Research Center, UNLV Libraries; Secretary and Newsletter Editor, SOHA Board of Directors), Emily Lapworth (Digital Collections Librarian), and Aaron Mayes (Special Collections & Archives Visual Materials Curator, UNLV Libraries) discuss the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project. When UNLV Libraries’ Oral History Research Center began the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project [SNJHP], two objectives were established: 1) create a digital collection that provides online access to historical resources about the local Jewish community and 2) initiate a strategic collecting initiative that ensures the preservation of and access to historical primary sources about this community. To capture the essence of the important contributions of Jews to the history of Las Vegas, new and existing oral histories were a major component. Collections of photos, documents, videos and newspapers have been digitized for the project. The SNJHP required the collaboration of many unique talents to make materials available on a dedicated web portal and in UNLV’s Special Collections & Archives.

Heather M. Ponchetti Daly Ph.D. {Kumeyaay of Santa Ysabel} (University of California, Los Angeles), Gregorio Gonzales, Ph.D. {Genizaro} (President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara), Priscilla Martinez (Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Santa Cruz), and José M. Aguilar-Hernández (Assistant Professor of Ethnic and Women’s Studies, College of Education and Integrative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona) work with oral histories to “un-erase” the voices of ethnic communities from southern California, northern New Mexico, and southern Arizona. (Re)tracing and elevating the lived experiences, realities, and identities of immigrant and Indigenous peoples in regions along the border, including California Native Americans, Genizaro, Chicanos/as, and Chinese, the presenters highlight various methodologies and approaches that illuminate the significance of oral histories.

Plenary Session: April 28th @ 5:00 p.m.

Stefani Evans (Project Manager, Building LasVegas Initiative, UNLV Libraries; Nevada State Representative, SOHA Board of Directors), Julia Lee (Assistant Professor of English, Loyola Marymount University), and  Peter Michel (Special Collections Curator, Special Collections and Archives, UNLV Libraries) present A Special Tribute to Claytee White: “I Have The Best Job in the Universe”

In 2017, students (Isabella Hulsizer, Alyssa Ruiz, Lerman Montoya Hermosillo, Edwin Valenti) at Arizona State University conducted a research project about their own family history, beginning with physical documents such as photos, census records, and family trees. They also interviewed a family member. Many students shared family stories of trial, error, and triumph. They then put together a documentary exploring these narratives and informing others of the importance of learning and knowing immigration history. Through this project, students learned how their ancestors encountered life and the migration/immigration process; they also have identified the value of oral history and recording stories.

SOHA Conference Keynote Speaker

Greetings SOHA Members and Supporters!

Still on the fence about coming to SOHA 2018? Well, we can assure you that we have an amazing schedule put together for you, filled to the brim with exciting sessions, performances, and speakers. Our keynote speaker for this year is Maylei Blackwell, an outstanding oral historian and scholar. For detailed information about her presentation, see the flyer or visit our website.
Information about our conference, including a program of events, and the link to conference registration can be found at http://www.southwestoralhistory.org/conference.html.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at soha@unlv.edu or at 702-895-5011.
See you in Fullerton! Safe Travels!

SOHA OFFICE
University of Nevada, Las Vegas