OHMA is excited to announce that Amy Starecheski’s book, Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City (University of Chicago Press, 2016), has officially been published! It is for sale online and is starting to appear in bookstores, from Red Emma's in Baltimore to Book Culture on Broadway in New York City. Congratulations, Amy! We look forward to hosting you for an OHMA Workshop lecture on Thursday, January 19, 2017.Read More
Earlier this fall, DW Gibson, author of Not Working and The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century, gave an OHMA Workshop Series lecture in on how he used oral history to reflect the changes in peoples’ lives through gentrification. This article—written by current OHMA student Liu Ting (2016)—focuses on how Gibson presents oral histories in his book and how his own narrative interplays with the interviews.Read More
Applications are now open for a new two-week long intensive seminar exploring oral history, memory, visuality, and the body. The course is co-sponsored by the European Research Council Project Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond (BABE) and the Columbia University Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA), and hosted by the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute, Florence.
In this post, current OHMA BA/MA student Rozanne Gooding Silverwood (2015) reflects on the art of transcription and offers her perspective on how the NYPL Community Oral History Project might increase the enlistment of volunteer transcribers by educating prospective participants about the literary history and aesthetic value of rendering the spoken word to text.Read More
In this post, Robin Weinberg (2016) shares her thoughts about oral history after a presentation by DW Gibson, author of The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century, in OHMA’s 2016-2017 Oral History Workshop Series.Read More
Recently, author DW Gibson stopped by OHMA to discuss his book, The Edge Becomes The Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century, in which he documents the lives and stories of Brooklynites and others who have an opinion on the increased development in Brooklyn, New York. In this post, Fanny Garcia (2016) reflects on his presentation.Read More
In this post about Christopher Allen's recent lecture in our 2016-2017 Oral History Workshop Series, current OHMA student Christina Pae (2015) reflects on the importance of collaboration in oral history projects, particularly when an outsider aims to conduct a project within an insular community.Read More
The Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Thesis Prize is given to one student annually whose thesis makes an important contribution to knowledge and most exemplifies the rigor, creativity, and ethical integrity we teach our students.
We are pleased to recognize Benji de la Piedra’s (2014) contributions to advancing the field of oral history and look forward to presenting the award in person at his thesis lecture next month. Please join us for the celebratory event on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in 509 Knox Hall, co-sponsored by Columbia's Center for American Studies and Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability, where Benji is a fellow this fall.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.
OHMA is excited to welcome three new graduate assistants for the 2016-2017 academic year!
Dina Asfaha joins us as Program Assistant, offering research support to faculty, helping organize our public events, and contributing to OHMA's special projects.
Fanny Garcia is our Outreach Assistant this year, expanding the scope of our public engagement, increasing the visibility of our program, and deepening our social media presence.
Emma Courtland will be our Video Production Assistant, recording our Oral History Workshop Series lectures, editing our YouTube broadcasts and podcasts, and conducting video interviews with our program affiliates.Read More
Nyssa Chow (2015) is an OHMA student and Teaching Fellow in our Method, Theory, and Interpretation course this fall through Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Her work with OHMA Co-Director Mary Marshall Clark to transform oral history by teaching visual literacy recently received Columbia’s Faculty Provost Award. In this post, Nyssa reflects on ethnopoetric transcription through Della Pollock and Hudson Vaughan’s talk in our Oral History Workshop Series this spring and discusses her experiences in visually expressing her narrators’ orality in print.Read More
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
Oral History and the City, Fall 2016: What can oral histories tell us about life at the scale of the city? About how people make their homes in neighborhoods, or think of themselves as urban citizens? How can the practice of oral history be used as an intervention in urban life? Taking New York City as a lab, this series will explore oral history in and of the city.
Oral History and the Social Sciences, Spring 2017: Oral history is a practice with deep roots in the archive and in the discipline of history, where oral history is a unique and valuable genre of primary source. But what happens when we treat oral histories as data for sociological, anthropological or geographic research? Or use the tools of the social sciences to study oral history as a social practice? Is it possible, or desirable, to generalize from the particular and complex narratives of the oral history interview? In this series we will explore the tensions and possibilities at the interdisciplinary seams of oral history and the social sciences.
In this post, OHMA alum Kate Brenner (2014) writes about her desire to make oral history projects more accessible to a public audience. The popularity of podcasts means the field is ripe for oral history, but breaking into the world of radio is difficult for people unfamiliar with it. As a result, Kate decided to start Amplify: The Oral History Podcast Network.Read More
We are excited to announce that there continue to be multiple opportunities to work with Columbia's Oral History MA program students this year! First, we are seeking organizations or projects with which students can partner to conduct three interviews as part of their fall fieldwork course.
Second, OHMA students are able to undertake internships for credit.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
In this post, current OHMA student Pablo Baeza reflects on his internship with Voice of Witness, publishers of a human rights-focused oral history book series. Pablo discusses the ethics of editing interviews for publication and offers a comparison to the experience of compiling his thesis website, Neuva York es la Frontera.Read More