Lily Doron grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and is a 2017 graduate of Duke University with a self-designed major entitled Rights and Representations: Ethics, Human Rights, and Documentary Narratives. Her goal is to enable narratives that society has traditionally ignored or silenced to be heard, using documentary media to promote social justice.
Lily’s oral history experience includes a summer working at an oral history archive in Northern Ireland, where she edited interview transcripts from civilians and militants on both sides of “the Troubles;” and an independent study project in Argentina, where she interviewed and photographed nietos recuperados (infants kidnapped by the Argentine dictatorship in the 1970s and raised by their appropriators) to understand how they define their identities.
Most of her work, however, has been with refugees. She has interviewed Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan, and resettled Iraqi and Afghan refugees in North Carolina. For her senior thesis, she researched the 2015/2016 refugee influx into Europe by traveling the Balkan route from Greece to Germany and interviewing aid workers and migrants along the way. She then created a public exhibition of audio excerpts, photographs, and informational panels. Her aim was to counteract the pervasive negative rhetoric about migrants.
Since graduating from college, Lily has produced and edited Wavemaker Conversations: A Podcast for the Insanely Curious. It features interviews with pioneers in a variety of fields, from science to stand-up comedy to politics. She has also worked as an after-school teacher and coached soccer to 2-5-year-olds.
When she's not working, Lily is likely running around an Ultimate Frisbee field, searching for a new coffee or ice cream shop, cooking a vegetarian meal, baking something sweet, or snuggling with her cat.
Lily is excited to start this new adventure at OHMA and to work with her classmates and teachers to delve deeper into how to use oral history for social change!