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Apr. 26 & 27 | INTER\VIEWS: an inter\active oral history exhibition


  • Faculty House, Columbia University 64 Morningside Drive New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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WHEN: Friday, April 26 (5pm -8pm) and Saturday 27, 2019 (10am -5pm)

WHERE: Faculty House, Columbia University

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday April 27, 2019, an interactive exhibit will be curated by the students and faculty of Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts program. Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

In its simplest form, oral history is a dialogue about the past. It is the transmission of knowledge through embodied movements and sound. As a tool for documentation, oral history utilizes first-person narratives gathered through long-form interviews.

INTER\VIEWS is an inter\active multimedia pop-up oral history exhibit showcasing inter\disciplinary work created by students in the Columbia University Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) program. We, the 2018 OHMA cohort, invite you to bring your headphones and join us on April 26 and 27 as we inter\act and explore what it means to view history that views us back.

INTER\VIEWS is created by the 2018 Oral History MA Program cohort and curated by OHMA Director Amy Starecheski, OHMA alum Carlin Zia and current OHMA student Kim-Hee Wong.

This work was supported in part by a Start Small! Mini-Grant from the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning.


Exhibits include:

Embodying with the Arts by Eunice Kim and Nairy AbdElShafy
An interactive space to explore the power of arts in healing and in building emotional resilience.

Welcome to the Korean American church! by Michael Heesup Kimm
Understanding of the unique social and cultural role engraved in the Korean American church society.

Behind the Treasures— Jewelry, Garments and Embodied Memories by Tianrui Yu
Immaterials embodied in the materials—an exploration of the relationship between humans and their belongings.

Freedom Colonies: the initial resistance, the original safe spaces by Darold Cuba
Learn about the communities of people targeted by Western colonialism’s racialized human rights abuses that resisted and escaped, creating the original “safe spaces” to protect themselves from terrorism.

I Belong to Glasgow? by Rebecca McGilveray
An Exploration of the Intersectionalities of the Loss of a Place and the Loss of a Person.

America Atomica by Eileen Welsome
A secret experiment conducted at the dawn of the nuclear age. 

Les Ethnographies Intimes: Encounters from the November 13th Paris Attacks by Caroline Cunfer
What does it mean for a narrator and interviewer to co-create an interview surrounding the shared experience of a traumatic event, and what does it mean for that interview to serve as the public historical record? 

Letters to Obama by Anne Cardenas
Explore the experiences of the White House staffers who read and responded to mail on behalf of President Obama.

Under the Haze - Living with Air Pollution by Mingxuan Li
You are invited to stand in front of the "window" and listen to Ms. Liu's story - come and experience her life under the haze. 

Unfurling: An Action-Oriented Oracle Deck to Dismantle White Supremacy by Nora Waters and Elizabeth Wiggans
A tool designed to spark conversations, encourage presence, disrupt fragility, and ignite long-term action within ourselves, our fellow white peers, and our communities in the work of dismantling white supremacy.

Going Virile by Renaldo McClinton
An Oral Deconstruction of Black Masculinity

Living in the Shadow of the Armenian Genocide by Christina Barba
A multimedia exhibit that makes tangible the theoretical concept of postmemory.

Walking in My Grandmother’s Shoes: A Refugee Story from a Country You May Never Have Heard Of by Rebecca Kiil
Past and present collide when you walk back in time 75 years to experience the story of a 26-year-old physician and mother, having lost all of her men to war, fleeing from her homeland of Estonia to get her baby girl to safety.

Queens Night Market Vendor Stories by Storm Garner
Learn about the Queens Night Market and hear four of its vendors describe their personal experiences of community, identity, and intersecting food cultures as new American entrepreneurs in NYC today.


This event is FREE, open to the public, accessible, and open to all ages! Refreshments will be served. We will have tablets and MP3 players and laptops and many ways to listen. We also invite attendees to bring their favorite headphones and their smartphones to engage with some of our web-based exhibits

Please RSVP on the Eventbrite page.

OHMA is the first program of its kind: a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree training students in oral history method and theory.

This annual exhibit is the culmination of our students’ work in the year-long Oral History Fieldwork, Archiving, and Documentation course.