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
This March OHMA alum Svetlana Kitto will be teaching an exciting new literature and writing workshop at the Brooklyn Historical Society called Racial Realities: Writing About Race in the First Person, which will focus on fiction, memoir, oral history, and essay forms that reflect experiences of race and identity. This workshop is part of Brooklyn Historical Society's Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) oral history project and public programming series, which examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity. Several OHMA alums and current students have conducted interviews for this project, and we are excited about this new workshop, which continues to build on the many productive connections between OHMA and the oral history program at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
We’d like to use this opportunity to launch a new feature on our website: Alumni Profiles, in which we check in with OHMA alums and hear what they’ve been up to since graduation.
Svetlana came to OHMA with an interest in the relationship between oral history and literature, and writes fiction, memoir, and essays with an eye toward everyday history, memory, and place. Most recently, her writing has been featured in Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and the book Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America, published by Verso Books, among other publications. Her time at OHMA culminated in an interview-based memoir about her grandparents and the Holocaust in Latvia, as well as an oral history project with artists, writers and activists called to action in the early years of the AIDS crisis. She presented that project at the 2010 Oral History Association “Times of Crisis, Times of Change: Human Stories on the Edge of Transformation” conference and the Northeastern Modern Languages Association conference in 2011. In October 2012, audio from those interviews were part of an exhibit for National Coming Out Day at the gallery Space on White in Tribeca; the project is currently making its way to the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Since graduating, Svetlana has shared her skills by working as an oral history workshop leader. In spring 2011, the international law firm Clifford Chance sponsored her and an artist to develop an art and oral history program for a high school Gay-Straight Alliance. Through the course of a semester-long series of workshops, the students developed large-scale banners that addressed issues related to identity, visibility and acceptance, culminating in an exhibit at the law firm. She presented these banners at the 2011 OHA conference as well as the Oral History Mid-Atlantic Region conference later that year. She has also taught art and oral history workshops at the Lincoln School in Rhode Island, Elders Share the Arts in Brooklyn, the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Brooklyn Museum, and a creative writing workshop at a homeless youth drop-in center in Chinatown, NYC.
Svetlana has also been working as an interviewer and oral history project manager. Her background in art and design journalism led to a commission from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, where this spring she will be doing an oral history of the American Design Club for the museum’s “American Design Now: After the Museum” exhibition, slated to open in March, which will present a series of installations and programs that reveal the largely hidden research component of the design practice, while examining cultural institutions’ role in the shaping of design. She is also the project manager and head interviewer on an oral history project of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, one of the major global centers for academic scholarship in Jewish studies that has produced some of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the past century. She’s also, of course, part of the interviewing team for the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Project. As of this writing, there are still a few slots left open in her workshop this month – check it out here if you’re interested!