Oral History Jukebox

AHA Session
Saturday, January 6, 2018: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Palladian Ballroom (Omni Shoreham, West Lobby)
Patrick Nugent, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College
Erica Fugger, Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College
Kristina Giannotta, Naval History and Heritage Command
Jessie Kratz, National Archives and Records Administration
Joel C. Christenson, Office of Secretary of Defense
Megan Harris, Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The Oral History Jukebox is an open, informal exchange where oral historians of all experience levels and backgrounds come together to listen and learn. This workshop will turn an open ear to the granularity of oral history recordings, searching the medium for key insights into the field. Interested participants are asked to submit a 1-2 minute excerpt from an oral history interview that they find particularly fascinating or instructive, and to briefly explain what this particular moment has taught them about their approach to oral history—whether that be an insight into interview technique, processing, archiving, crowdsourcing, or program management. Submit the information at historians.org/jukebox. The workshop will open with a lightning round of audio-clip presentations that illustrate a diverse range of lessons learned and teachable moments. Participants will then break into smaller groups to consider additional excerpts and contemplations. The session will conclude with reflections on where the Oral History Jukebox can go next, as we think through ethical considerations for crowdsourcing an online repository of interview excerpts and self-reflections created for and by oral historians.

No charge. Because space is limited, free advance registration is required.

Session Abstract

This workshop seeks to examine the use of oral histories as a teaching tool-both for students at the University and in the larger audience of students and adults involved in community outreach. The Starr Center will lead a detailed discussion of using oral histories in the University environment. Starting with how oral history can be used as a teaching tool and a platform for community service, this discussion will look at pedagogical techniques for bringing oral histories into the classroom to enhance student experience and learning. The workshop will then break out into working groups that explore more technical aspects of teaching oral history among University students, using crowd sourcing to preserve oral histories and inform communities of our shared history, and using oral histories to train and prepare interns for jobs which include the collection and preservation of oral histories. The break-out sessions should run approximately one hour. The session will end with a final round of Q/A and comments.
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