SOHA 2020 Keynote with Dr. Alex Aviña

Join the #SOHA2020 Virtual Conference to attend the keynote talk with Dr. Alex Aviña. His talk, “Killing Machine: How Mexican and U.S. States of Exception Turned Revolutionaries and Migrants into Bare Life, 1969-1996,” will be held via Zoom on Saturday, September 12 from 1:50 pm to 2:50 pm Pacific Time. Thanks to our co-sponsors UNLV Department of History and UNLV Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Alexander Aviña is an associate professor of history and director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Aviña is an academic expert in how the foundations of colonialism, indigenous genocide, empire building, guerilla movements, and configurations of violence have greatly influenced North American histories. Much of his previous work has focused on the oral histories of peasant guerilla, counterinsurgency, and social justice movements in working class and rural Mexico.

His current work interests are documenting the firsthand accounts of the political and socioeconomic factors in Mexican drug wars and state violence in 1960’s and 1970’s. He is also well qualified to discuss Central and South American migrations, political movements, inclusive historical pedagogies, and public/private memories of violence and war. He is an excellent plenary speaker and addition to any conference panel given his broad areas of expertise, oral history experiences and work, interdisciplinary appeal, and personal migration background. His work and insights have been sought by CNN, PBS, Arizona News, various historical podcasts, KJZZ and his book Specters of Revolution was awarded the María Elena Martínez Mexican History Book Prize in 2014.

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SOHA 2020 Conference Program

SOHA 2020 Program

We excited to share our 2020 conference program! Join us September 11-13, 2020 via Zoom. You can pre-register here. Some programs have been moved to October such as our introduction to oral history workshop and a documentary screening with the director. More information will be provided at the conference for future events. Please contact the conference co-chairs at with any questions.

We are offering the conference at no-cost/donation basis to students and members with a nominal cost to non-members. We hope you will help sustain our 501c3 non-profit by renewing/joining our membership or fund our programs, We will have a keynote address, plenary sessions, and an award ceremony in which we will acknowledge our 2020 Mink awardee, Professor William (Willy) Bauer, 2020 Lifetime Awardee, Professor Caryll Dziedziak, mini-grant, and scholarship recipients. Our Zoom platform will continue the mentorship program with our network of practitioners. We will archive portions of the conference and offer them on our website as a resource.

Follow updates on our social media accounts with #SOHA2020 and share your sessions online to promote attendance. Visit for additional details.

Oral History Happy Hour

SPOH Hosting Monthly Virtual Happy Hours

Grab your favorite festive treat and join us on the first Thursday of every month for a virtual conversation about Oral History in the COVID19 Era.

See below our schedule:

Thursday, September 3rd, 4pm Pacific
Oral History and Storytelling
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What are the overlaps between oral history and storytelling? How can the two fields work together to benefit our research and collective memories? Join us to discuss the relationship between oral history and storytelling.

Special Guest: Liz Warren
Executive Director: Storytelling Institute

Thursday, October 1st, 4pm Pacific
Let’s Talk about Tech
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What kinds of technology are you using to conduct remote interviews? What lessons have you learned? Be a part of the conversation!

Special Guest: Jennifer Keil
Founder, 70 Degrees

Thursday, November 5th, 4pm Pacific
COVID19 Collections
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Are you doing work on COVID19? Call in for a conversation about launching and analyzing COVID19 stories. Please bring your own ideas to share with all of us.

Special Guest: Farina King, PhD
Citizen of Navajo Nation
Assistant Professor, Northeastern State University

Thursday, December 3rd, 4pm Pacific
Ethics and Consent with Remote Interviewing
There is a lot to consider when it comes to consent, and ethical practices of conducting oral history. COVID19 has exacerbated these concerns. Join us for a dialogue about navigating our new challenges in oral history.
Special Guest: TBD

Remote Interviewing Webinar Follow-up


It’s been a couple of weeks since we all gathered for SOHA’s roundtable on Remote Interviewing in the COVID19 Era. Caryll and I want to thank you again for contributing and talking with us about your interests and experiences. If you have feedback for us about your experiences, please send your thoughts and suggestions my way.

I’ve attached the slides from our presentation, since many of you indicated they were blurry. Please make special note of how you might get in contact with SOHA. We’d love to have you join our organization or participate in our virtual conference next month.

Please also feel free to get in touch with Caryll or me with questions, thoughts or comments! We are delighted by the camaraderie and collaboration!

Caryll Batt Dziedziak web:

Summer Cherland web:; @smcchistory; podcast: “More and More Every Day” (and on iTunes/Spotify)


Finally, beginning on September 3rd, The South Phoenix Oral History Project will be hosting a monthly virtual “happy hour/cafe” for oral historians. We invite you to call in to talk about a monthly topic with a special guest. Click here for the schedule and to register.

All the best,


Summer Cherland, PhD

South Mountain Community College


Residential Faculty | History

7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Texas Oral History Association 2020 Conference

Friday, Sept 11, 2020 from 2-5pm

Pre Conference Workshop – “Museo del Westside : A Community-Based Oral History Project”

This year’s workshop will be led by Sarah Zenaida Gould, PhD, Interim Executive Director of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute in San Antonio. Her workshop will demonstrate how to use oral history for community-based history, storytelling, and social justice projects.

Participants will learn about essential steps, best practices, digitization strategies, and increasing public engagement in heritage conservation through oral history projects. The workshop will emphasize the importance of community trust and shared authority as well as offer examples of how oral history projects can connect to campaigns for social justice while preserving memory, ritual, and identity.

The workshop is open to all, whether attending the conference or not. To participate in this workshop, select the workshop option during registration. We understand that COVID-19 has had an impact on many individuals financially. Therefore instead of a workshop fee, we are accepting “pay what you can” donations to aid paying our workshop speaker as well as support the operations of TOHA. Any donation of $15 or more will apply towards a year of TOHA membership.

Friday, September 11, 6-8pm

Friday Night “Meet ‘n Greet” Movie Night | Impact : The San Antonio Jewish Oral History Project

Join us for an exclusive documentary screen of Impact : The San Antonio Jewish Oral History Project followed by Q&A by the creators. This award-winning documentary is about the impact Jewish people had on San Antonio over the past century and is based on interviews with the men and women who have made a difference in San Antonio.

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UC Berkeley Webinar

The Oral History Center is hosting a Remote Interviewing Webinar:

From The Oral History Center at UC Berkeley:

This is a recording of a webinar given by historian Paul Burnett on how to record oral history interviews using Zoom. Paul provides an overview of the protocols that were developed to facilitate remote recording of narrators of the highest quality available during the COVID-19 pandemic. We developed these protocols for the Zoom video conference platform using both audio and video. We also provide instructions for additional, higher-quality backup audio recordings. Interviewers will benefit from having access to a professional Zoom license, but they can produce good recordings with a free account as well. Narrators only need access to a computer or telephone, although a smartphone app will aid in the capture of better audio on their end.

For the closed-captioned version of this webinar, please see this video:

Remote Interviewing in the COVID-19 Era

Join us for a discussion of conducting and using remote interviews and oral histories. Dr. Caryll Batt Dziedziak and Dr. Summer Cherland will share their experiences conducting and processing interviews online during the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will include a robust discussion of concerns, benefits, and useful technologies when it comes to this work. We hope you will join us to share your own perspectives.

This workshop is being offered at no cost. We hope you consider that SOHA is a 501c3 non-profit. Please consider becoming a member of our and donate to our organization here: Thank you!

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Farina King launches Diné Doctor History Syllabus

Diné Doctor art by Leah T. Smith (2020) for the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

Dr. Farina King, SOHA Vice President, has launched a Diné Doctor History Syllabus that she is developing and working on continually to share and feature materials related to Navajo histories of disease and healing. The syllabus includes a section on oral histories, stories, recommended sources, and resources in support of Diné communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. If folks have any suggestions or come across sources, resources, or any helpful information for this project, please let Dr. King know. Ahéhee’! Learn more at