Intro: In this post OHMA alum Benji de la Piedra (2014) recounts his experience of attending the From Segregation to Black Lives Matter: a Symposium in Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida. In this essay he reflects on the University of Florida’s Samuel Proctor Oral History Program that centers Black experiences and heritage.Read More
In this post, OHMA alumni and recipient of our alumni travel grant Lynn Lewis reflects on her experience presenting at the 2018 Oral History Association annual meeting in Montreal. The 2019 call for papers is now open!
As we wrap up the fall semester, please join us in celebrating the news and accomplishments of our students and alums!Read More
In this post, OHMA alumni and recipient of our alumni travel grant Svetlana Kitto reflects on her 2018 Oral History Association experience in Montreal.
In this post, Robin Minter, a graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History MA Program describes her time doing the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA and her summer plans.Read More
In November of 2015, Jeffrey H. Brodsky, OHMA alum, announced a generous annual cash prize of $3,000 for an outstanding thesis. The criteria for receiving the award is that the thesis must “make an important contribution to knowledge and exemplify the rigor, creativity and ethical integrity we teach our students.”
We are proud to announce the winner: Nyssa Chow, and Ellen Coon, the runner up. We invite you to consider the resonances between these two theses: in the recreation of the literal voices and memories of powerful women who tend to the living and the dying and all the attendant rituals in between, and who translate the stories that enliven the next generation.Read More
Recent OHMA graduate Fanny Julissa García (2016) recently accepted a position at the New-York Historical Society.Read More
We are excited to offer a round of summer news updates from our Oral History MA program student and alumni community! From prestigious awards to new jobs and press coverage, OHMA affiliates are taking oral history to new heights.Read More
We are excited to share a round of spring news updates from our Oral History MA program alumni community!Read More
To close out the year, OHMA is excited to share these recent news updates about our students and alumni. We hope that you will be able to join us for our Spring Open House on January 26 and One-Day Oral History Training Workshops on January 28, 2017 to meet a number of our program affiliates—including Nicki Pombier Berger (2010) and Fernanda Espinosa (2015)—and learn more about their innovative work!Read More
In this post, OHMA alumna Cindy Choung (2009), recipient of our first OHMA Alumni Conference Travel Grant, writes on dialogue and difference among oral history practitioners at the 2016 Oral History Association Meeting. She offers thoughts on creating space for connection and reflection between oral historians across generations.Read More
Two years after the formation of the Columbia Oral History Alumni Association (COHAA) Founding President and OHMA Project Coordinator Erica Fugger (2012) reminiscences on the group's origin story—spanning Columbia Center for Oral History Research's move to INCITE to the organic spaces for inter-cohort dialogue that arose amidst our historic interview archives in Butler Library.
Erica discusses the Alumni Association's early organizing efforts, participation in campus demonstrations, and commitment to building networks of support for emerging oral historians.
Haitao Fan is a member of our 2011 cohort. Her recently published book, Life Begins at Thirty (China Machine Press, 2016), profiles her time studying in OHMA and became an instant bestseller in Mainland China. In this post, Haitao reflects on her writing process and commitment to building the oral history movement in China.Read More
Congratulations to Cindy Choung (2009), the first recipient of our annual OHMA Alumni Conference Travel Award! Cindy will be chairing a roundtable at the 2016 Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California, titled: “Storytelling the Environment: Environmental Activism, Science, and Storytelling within an Intersectional Framework.”Read More
OHMA student Kate Brenner talks to program alumni about how oral history training prepared them for their next step. In this post, Sarah Dziedzic tells us about her position as Project Coordinator for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality Oral History Project at the Columbia Center for Oral History Research. Stay tuned for the next post in this series!Read More
In our new series, OHMA student Kate Brenner talks to program alumni about how oral history training prepared them for their next step. In this post, Ellen Brooks tells us about her position as Oral Historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison. Stay tuned for the next post in the series!Read More
This blog post is the second in a three-part series by Laura Barnett. In the series, Laura shares lessons gleaned from OHMA alumni about finding a thesis topic.Read More
This blog post is the first in a three-part series by Laura Barnett. In the series, Laura shares lessons gleaned from OHMA alumni about finding a thesis topic.Read More