As we wrap up the fall semester, please join us in celebrating the news and accomplishments of our students and alums!
OHMA students, faculty, and alums participated in twenty sessions at the OHA meeting in Montreal!
The most recent issue of the Oral History Review features four book and media reviews by OHMA students and alums, two of which began as assignments in their spring Fieldwork class:
Anna Kaplan (2009) reviewed From Reconciliation to Revolution: The Student Interracial Ministry, Liberal Christianity, and the Civil Rights Movement by David P. Cline and Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror by Angela D. Sims
Bud Kliment (2015) reviewed Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers and So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens
Nairy AbdElShafy (2018) has joined the team working on the Mí María Project, an oral history for social justice project in Puerto Rico, led by Professor Ricia Chansky at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Selected narratives will be featured in a book published by Haymarket Books and the Voice of Witness program. Others will be shared in an international group exhibition on climate justice produced by the Humanities Action Lab. With support from Mí María, Fulbright, and GSAS, Nairy will be traveling to Puerto Rico in January to conduct interviews for her thesis.
News from Our Alumni
Lance Thurner (2008) completed his PhD in History at Rutgers New Brunswick with a dissertation addressing the production of medical knowledge, political subjectivities, and racial and national identities in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Mexico. Lance was recently named a National HWW Predoctoral Fellow for the Humanities without Walls consortium and is a regular interviewer for the New Books Network podcast series on Science, Technology and Society.
Allison Tracy-Taylor (2008) is the new First Vice-President of the Oral History Association.
Allison Corbett (2013) hosted the first event for her “The Language of Justice Oral History Project” on October 20th. The Language of Justice Oral History Project is a multimedia oral history project dedicated to the celebration of multilingual spaces and the people who create and maintain them. The project documents the stories of interpreters, translators, other language workers of many types, and organizers that facilitate multilingual movement-building in the United States.
Nicole JeanBaptiste (2014) accepted a position with the Fund for Public Health in New York City as a Consultant project interviewer for their Severe Maternal Morbidity project. The goal of the project is to work with clinical and community partners to promote health equity and reduce racial/ethnic disparities in NYC.
Jonathon Fairhead (2015) will be serving as oral historian to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of his position as associate to the corporate secretary. The oral history project was initiated to mark the 75th anniversary of the Fund and will be archived at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Emma Courtland (2016) recently became the new associate producer of content at Wondery. Her job will involve editing scripts and cutting tape for the many podcasts and miniseries in the Wondery stable. Check out the podcast at: https://wondery.com.
Desmond Austin-Miller (2017) joined Training Resources Group as a Community Learning Project Associate in August! In this role, Desmond provides assistance in crafting editorial content for the web platforms of the USAID Urban and Land office focused on locally led development, land tenure, and urbanization.
Filip Mazurczak (2017) is starting a PhD in history at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow- founded in 1364 and one of Europe's oldest universities.
Check out these updated bios to see what our alums have been up to: