CSUF Hansen Lecture

Spring 2017 Hansen Lecture:
Featuring Keir Pearson

When: Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30PM

Where: Titan Student Union, Theatre, CSUF

Free and Open to the Public

Students can participate in a meet and greet with

Mr. Keir Pearson from 4pm – 5pm in PLS 360! 


Pearson, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Hotel Rwanda,” will speak on “History and Hollywood: The Power of Storytelling Through Film” April 5 as part of the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History’s annual Hansen Lecture.

Pearson, also the executive producer and screenwriter of “Chavez,” has worked extensively on historical biopics usually with sociopolitical undercurrents. He’s worked for Warner Bros., Paramount, HBO, Fox TV and History Channel.

The Hansen Lectureship was created by the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History in honor of Arthur A. Hansen, CSUF professor emeritus of history and retired center director. The lectureship also funds an annual fellowship for a CSUF student pursuing a master’s degree in history with an emphasis on oral and public history.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Students can participate in a meet and greet with Pearson from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 360 of Pollak Library.

Read more at: http://news.fullerton.edu/2017wi/PearsonStoryteller.aspx

PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY SERIES: ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP

San Diego History Center

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 9AM-12:30 PM: ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP

This introductory workshop for budding oral historians will discuss the importance of oral history and how to do it, how to select recording equipment, how to use SDHC archival resources, and how to transcribe and preserve interviews.

Taught by SDHC Oral Historian Amanda Tewes and Archivist Jane Kenealy, this workshop is perfect for those interested in starting family, community, and academic oral history projects. Includes 30-minute coffee break.

San Diego History Center, Thornton Theater
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Members / $25 Non-Members

Purchase Tickets for Oral History Workshop

Visit http://www.sandiegohistory.org/event/preserving-family-history-series-oral-history-workshop/2017-10-21/ for more details.

50th Oral History Association Conference

The SOHA session Capturing Our Community’s Voice with Multidisciplinary Approaches at the 50th Oral History Association Conference featured Orange County directors Kevin Cabrera, Jennifer Keil, and Tram Le. This roundtable was chaired by Dr. Tram Le from University of California, Irvine. We discussed how to use community events to start and maintain oral history projects. We apply multidisciplinary approaches to the field. We extend our projects’ network by inviting other groups such as artists, actors, videographers, and journalists to collaborate by asking for their expertise. In order to enhance the narrators’ voices, we curate exhibits that emphasize these everyday perspectives.

One can access the Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine collection via their website, http://sites.uci.edu/vaohp/ where their collection is transcribed and translated. One can attend the UCI Spring Exhibit Opening Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive, which will be held on May 16, 2017. For more information, visit news.lib.uci.edu. The UCI Libraries are also exhibiting Our Majestic Lands: California’s National Parks which will be on display through June 2017.

The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana oral history collection can be accessed in person by visiting their archive. They have partnered with Orange County Historical Society which offers an array of collections that is open the last Saturday of every month from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. They are now offering bilingual tours of their nature walks through their Volunteer Naturalist Program. The exhibit America’s Favorite Past Time will be opening in 2017. Visit heritagemuseumoc.org for more information.

The Balboa Island Museum in Newport Beach is partnering with the Orange County Historical Commission to participate in the Uncovering Hidden Histories in Orange County which will be held on June 10, 2017 from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park. This community event will provide resources to people working on family and local history. It will specifically educate the public about how to conduct oral histories. History organizations are welcome to participate at no cost. They should contact Heather Glasgow at 714-973-6610 or heather.glasgow@ocparks.com by May 1st. Jennifer and Cindy Keil will also be presenting at the 2017 SOHA conference on Thursday, April 27th on “Digital Oral History Methodology” which will review their process on starting two community projects.

Stories from the Women, Politics, and Activism Project

The “Women, Politics, and Activism Project,” at the Center for Oral and Public History focuses on the political lives and actions of Southern California women from the 1960s to the present.   This project centers on conducting more than 100 new oral histories and making accessible another 45 recently recorded interviews with a diverse group of women activists and former elected officials.  By recording women’s memories, we are demonstrating the myriad of ways women have participated in politics from formal, elected office to local community-based organizations.  These oral histories highlight how as individuals and collectively women have made a difference in the types of policies enacted by county and municipal governments in Los Angeles and Orange County.  These interviews also help us understand the reasons why women decide to take political action and, perhaps, shed light on why a gender gap still exists in Americans’ political ambitions (men are still far more likely to run for office than women).  This project also explores the important role women have played in influencing politics and policy in Southern California from outside – as leaders and members, for example, of women’s organizations, environmental organizations, and groups that advocate for workers, the poor, and the disabled.

Visit http://coph.fullerton.edu/WPA/index.php for more information.

Vietnamese American Oral History Project

About Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project

Life Stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California

 

Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California, Irvine actively assembles, preserves, and disseminates the life stories of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. The project contributes to expanding archives on Vietnamese Americans with the primary goal of capturing first-generation stories for students, researchers, and the community. Launched in 2011, VAOHP is housed in the Department of Asian American Studies in the School of Humanities and collaborates with the UCI Libraries Southeast Asian Archive.

There are over 1.8 million Vietnamese Americans in the United States, with the largest concentration of Vietnamese residing in Southern California. Since the 1970s, Vietnamese Americans have dramatically transformed Southern California’s demographics and landscape, and this project aims to represent the diversity of their experiences.

Our objective is to capture the oral histories of first generation Vietnamese Americans who have memories of life in Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and the displacement and resettlement of refugees from Vietnam. Viet Stories plays an instrumental role in documenting their histories and legacies in order to preserve their stories for future generations.

These audio- and/or video-taped life stories include Vietnamese and/or English-language transcripts of the interviews, brief summaries, time logs, and photographs of narrators. Some narrators have also contributed additional materials such as their own photographs and documents to be preserved with their stories. Aligned with the purpose of training future generations of leaders, faculty train UC Irvine students to conduct oral histories in their courses, such as in Linda Trinh Vo’s Research Methodologies/Field Research class and Tram Le’s Vietnamese American Experience class. These comprise a number of the “sub-collections” within Viet Stories.

Dr. Linda Trinh Vo is the Director of Viet Stories and is a Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies. Tram Le is the Associate Director of Viet Stories. Viet Stories Advisory Committee members include Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, Professor, Department of History and Chair of Chicano/Latino Studies; Dr. James Kyung-Jin Lee, former Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian American Studies; Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, Archivist, Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA) and Inaugural Viet Stories Project Director (now titled Associate Director); Audra Eagle Yun, the UCI Libraries’ Head of Special Collections; Christina J. Woo, Research Librarian for Chicano/Latino Studies, Linguistics, Women’s Studies, Athletics, and Music; Rina Carvalho, Department Manager, Department of Asian American Studies; and Daniel Do-Khanh, Esq., former President, Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors (VACA)- UCI alumni chapter. Viet Stories is grateful for assistance by multiple staff from the UCI Libraries, including Mark Vega, Programmer; and Sylvia Irving, Graphic Designer.

We wish to thank Michelle Light, formerly UCI Libraries’ Head of Special Collections, for her contributions to the digitalization of the interviews as well as Matthew McKinley, former UCI Libraries Digital Projects Specialist. We also would like to thank Caroline McGuire and Kasey Ning, former Department Managers, Department of Asian American Studies.

Viet Stories also collaborates with individuals and organizations to gather and house previously completed and ongoing oral history projects. Viet Stories is collaborating with the 500 Oral Histories Project by the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation based in Texas by transcribing, translating, and digitizing their Southern California interviews. This partnership will further both our objectives of actively preserving Vietnamese American history.

If you would like to learn how you could volunteer for this project, to recommend an individual whose story should be preserved, or would like to know about how you can collaborate with Viet Stories, please contact Tram Le at vaohp@uci.edu. Viet Stories is supported by generous donations from individual donors and foundations. We welcome your donations to sustain and expand our collection.

Attend the UCI Spring Exhibit Opening Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Southeast Asian Archive, May 16, 2017.

For more information visit news.lib.uci.edu/ or contact Charla Batey, Communications & Events Officer at cbatey@uci.eduor 949-824-4658.

Farina King

Farina King, AZ Delegate, presented at the SOHA conference in Del Mar, CA. Will you be joining us in Tempe this year for our annual conference in April? Register today via our website, southwestoralhistory.org.

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Beachside Historical Communities

Tensia Moriel Trejo, Susan Resnik, Annie Duval, and Jennifer Keil at the 35th Anniversary Celebration. Visit the beachside historical communities next time you’re in California! The Del Mar Historical Society and Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society would love to see you!