Lily Doron (2019)

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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!

Francine D. Spang-Willis (2019)

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Francine D. Spang-Willis is of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and a life-long resident of Montana. She is a descendant of Chief Dull Knife, also known as Morning Star, and Pawnee Woman as well as a pioneer family who came to Montana in the late 1800s. She enjoys engaging with the landscape as much as possible through hiking, skiing, and ice and rock climbing.

While serving on the Western Heritage Center’s Board of Directors, she co-authored a multi-million dollar proposal to create the American Indian Tribal Histories Project (AITHP). She then served as the program director for the duration of the project. The AITHP team worked with several Indigenous Nations in Montana to help share Indigenous history and culture from an Indigenous perspective through oral history interviews. These interviews were included in exhibits, traveling exhibits, language kiosks, oral history archive collection, public viewing stations, and outreach programs.

At Montana State University, she served as a non-tenured instructor in both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Native American Studies Department. She also served as the program manager of the American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Services. She also has done archeology work for the Gallatin National Forest and private organizations.

Currently, Francine serves as the executive director of the American Indian Institute. This non-profit organization was established to help perpetuate Indigenous wisdom, knowledge, and cultural heritage. She is also a co-owner of Willis Design, LLC with her husband.

Francine holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Business Management and a Master of Arts in Native American Studies.

She looks forward to joining the 2019/2020 OHMA cohort, learning from the OHMA faculty and classmates, and sharing her knowledge and experience.

Aluel Bol Kuanyin (2019)

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Aluel is a visual storyteller of Sudanese ancestry. Her first name [pronounced ah-luel] comes from a Nilotic tradition of naming children after the cows they tend to. Aluel is the name given to a cow whose color is dark-reddish brown. Her father, Bol Kuanyin-Agoth was born in Madol, Gogrial and her mother Abuk Lang Juk is from a nearby village in Aweng, in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. Both were the children of prominent chiefs, Kuanyin Agoth and Benjamin Lang Juk. Aluel’s father has been teaching her the oral histories of his generation and of a distant past. She has been collecting memories of a Sudan in the early twentieth century, which saw the destruction of traditional African societies with the coming of British colonial rule. Her father began his formal education in 1952 at Tonj Elementary. He then went on to attend Bussere Intermediate and Rumbek High school then the University of Khartoum before pursuing an advanced degree in Economics in Ohio and Texas in 1972. His experiences throughout these years were largely shaped by Sudan’s political upheaval as a consequence of policies enacted under British colonial rule.

Her favorite stories are of the thirty-five mile journey her father took to collect enough cows to marry her mother, their attempts to elope when another suitor offered her mother’s father a higher dowry, private conversations between liberation leaders that took place in 1982 and the story of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement led by John Garang, Kerbino Kuanyin Bol (no relation) and other freedom fighters, as well as her father’s aspirations for a truly independent and self-sufficient South Sudan.

She has recently read Sudan's Blood Memory: The Legacy of War, Ethnicity, and Slavery in Early South Sudan by Stephanie Beswick, which narrates the oral histories and migration stories that created modern Sudanese societies in present day South Sudan. She is inspired by content that celebrates the diversity of human experience, especially the celebration of multiple selves—both within herself and the people she sees herself in. Her poetry, short stories, and digital aesthetic are centered around blackness—its exploration, protection and ownership. As a student of her new country, which gained independence from the Sudanese government on July 9, 2011, she wants to use her writing to contextualize the complex issues of nation building South Sudanese communities face both at home and in the Diaspora.

Aluel believes she inherited her creativity from her grandmothers Gön Acuil and Ayel 'Ayeldit' Deng. Women in South Sudan have contributed to the cultural and intellectual legacy of their people. She hopes to work with other Sudanese academics to document the stories of the women who also resisted, sacrificed, and contributed to the various liberation movements of their time. She is interested in filmmaking, performing arts, creative writing and developing a digital archive for future generations that will have access to the diverse collection of historical documents, audio and visual files celebrating the diversity of thought, experiences, and identities informing the 'New Sudan|ese' who also go by the name South Sudanese.

Aluel is also eager to learn from those already contributing to efforts to build cultural institutions in South Sudan such as: The National Archives, national museums, and the South Sudan Theatre Organization, among others. It is her hope that these ‘lone archivists’ may find more company and more space in South Sudan’s future.

Aluel received her BA in Sociology in 2015 from Loyola University Chicago and is looking forward to celebrating oral history at OHMA.

Noor Alzamami (2019)

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Noor Alzamami is a queer, gender neutral femme of color. They have spent their lives as an observer as well as an advocate, learning the importance of stories and the individual's truth.

Joining OHMA is a thrilling new adventure on the heels of working with queer, housing insecure or unhoused youth in King County Washington as a Youth Programs Coordinator. There they empowered youth to explore their truth and tell their stories as experts who are paid to dispel the myth of a monolithic queer experience.

Previous to this position Noor's past experience includes working with and for unhoused people in the Pacific Northwest, teaching as a sex educator, organizing and activism in the queer community as well as in reproductive justice. Personally Noor is passionate about travel, creative healing and radical softness.

AnnaLivia Chen (2019)

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AnnaLivia "AL" Chen is queer, non-binary, and Taiwanese Hakka. Having studied History and Black Studies during their undergraduate education at Swarthmore College, they hope to one day apply their interest in Cedric Robinson's "Black Radical Tradition" to a similar interrogation of an Asian Radical Tradition, as well as the tensions and solidarities between Black and Asian communities. AL envisions this as one element of their exploration of people, issues, and subjects that endure disproportionate levels of cultural, institutional, and historiographical silence. AL hopes their eventual career will combine technology, education, and storytelling to thaw trauma, create connection, and empower marginalized populations to challenge the very status quo fortified by silence.    

Anahí Naranjo (2019)

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Anahí is an environmental justice advocate and storyteller from Quito, Ecuador. Uprooted from her agrarian livelihood in Ecuador to Bushwick, New York in 2002, she began to see the social and environmental inequalities her communities faced. She attended Middlebury College where she conducted life story ethnographic research that focuses on the story of self and environment to gather individual and community histories to advocate for climate justice.

In 2016, Anahí conducted a photography and oral history project in Tanzania titled “Sagara Stories: Agrarian Narratives of Resilience of the Women of the West Usambara Mountains” to highlight the power that an agrarian narrative can have in revealing details of the resiliency of a culture in a changing climate and world. Anahí was a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar at the University of Washington from 2015-2016. There, she conducted another life story project where she photographed and interviewed tribal members of the Quinault Indian Nation on their life histories and their connections to the natural world to combat a proposed oil terminal that would endanger traditional treaty grounds.

Anahí graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in History.

After graduating, Anahí returned to NYC as a Civic Corps/Americorps Member Community Outreach Coordinator at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center (KHCC) in the Bronx to increase access to green outdoor spaces and tackle food insecurity issues in the community.

Never forgetting her roots, Anahí is interested in exploring how narratives can empower communities to become agents of change and highlight their connection to the natural world. Today, Anahí is the NYC Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors and Development Assistant at KHCC.

Though OHMA, Anahí is excited to continue her journey to uplift the narratives of marginalized communities, particularly those in her home communities, to advocate for environmental justice.

Elizabeth Jefimova (2019)

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Elizabeth Jefimova is a recent graduate of the Macaulay Honors Program at Brooklyn College. She double majored in Chemistry and History, with a double minor in Biochemistry and Biology. During the course of her studies she began interviewing veterans and collecting stories of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) both during and post-service. Using her interviews, Elizabeth wrote her senior thesis on the effect that military masculinity and media had on the portrayal of veterans with PTSD. She was a part of the Brooklyn College Listening Project which showcased one of her interviewees, a WW2 veteran who arrived to Dachau Concentration Camp on the day of its liberation. Although her parents wanted her to have a career in medicine, Elizabeth will pursue a career that will allow her to work closer with veterans and military servicemen. She is excited to continue her work with Columbia University and learn more about the art of storytelling and oral history. Go OHMA!

Lauren Instenes (2019)

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Lauren Instenes is a queer activist and storyteller, with a flare for the dramatic. Both of her parents being theatre professionals, Lauren grew up learning the importance of listening to the stories of people from all walks of life and saw the power those stories could have in changing the way observers think and feel. Lauren furthered her passion for learning and sharing the stories of others by studying history and theatre in college, earning her Bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University. While there, she combined her interests of history, theatre and social justice to produce a storytelling project called Facing Intolerance in Springfield, Ohio. Lauren lead a team of interviewers to collect stories from the local LGBTQ+ community, who, at the time, still had no protections from discrimination in the workplace or housing. These stories were printed and distributed as well as made in to a theatrical production that was performed for the community. Because of this project and many other efforts to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community, sexual orientation was eventually added to the list of protected classes for Springfield, Ohio.

After college, Lauren spent a year working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at an arts education non-profit called P.S. ARTS, in Los Angeles. There she continued to see the impact of storytelling, especially among the youth that the organization served. These students were able to use their own stories and the stories of their families to create rich and educational works of art, music, theater and dance. After jumping back into her theatrical roots over the past year, Lauren was inspired to join Columbia’s OHMA program and learn more about how oral history can be used in conjunction with art forms to further causes of important social movements. Lauren is thrilled to be joining a program full of scholars and professors who are dedicated to bringing to light the stories of others - helping to create more understanding and empathetic communities.

Sach Takayasu (2019)

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Sach Takayasu is thrilled to have the opportunity to capture the stories of women who helped transform Japan from a war-devastated state to a global economic powerhouse.

Joining OHMA is an exciting new chapter for Sach, who has pioneered new initiatives in education, nonprofit and technology.

As a Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, she created and taught a course that prepares students for the professional world. As the President & CEO of a new national chamber of commerce for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, she raised the visibility of this business community with the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders. Her immigration proposal to President Obama made headline news. She was one of 19 business leaders briefed by President Obama, US Trade Representative Froman and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Under her leadership, this business community published its first ever Legislative Agenda, hosted many community roundtables at the White House and established official partnerships with key government offices and regional chambers of commerce. Prior to her work in D.C., she built business from emerging technologies at IBM, culminating in the Forrester Groundswell Award for her team’s innovative and effective use of the web and social media.

She has served on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council for Underserved Communities, The United Nations Populations Funds’ Strategic Innovation Advisory Board, and continues to serve on Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Advisors for the Dean of Dietrich College.

Sach has a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

Courtney Scott (2019)

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Nashville native Courtney Scott received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Bard College in 2010. From there, she landed in Brooklyn, where she has devoted much her time and heart to finding unique ways to combine her creative expertise with her passion for children. Working primarily as a nanny for nearly a decade, Courtney became the protégé of women from Trinidad to Guyana, the confidante of mothers from Park Slope to Jackson Heights, and the companion to dozens of children in her care. Her creative work is deeply informed by these experiences— exploring themes of race, class, gentrification, immigration, love, and money. She is humbled to be a part of the incoming cohort, and looks forward to exploring these themes with them.

Jennie Morrison (2019)

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Jennie is a Midwesterner at heart, with a little bit of Pacific Northwest and New York influence. After growing up in Michigan and graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio with a BA in American Studies, she worked with children, youth, and families in public educational and non-profit settings in Seattle. Youth development and community engagement work challenged Jennie to think about how identity, power, privilege, and voice shape both individual and collective stories.

In 2017, Jennie relocated to NYC to attend Columbia School of Social Work in hopes of learning about the impacts of trauma in order to design more holistic and responsive youth programming. During her studies, she became increasingly interested in the concept of resilience on individual and community levels. The OHMA workshops and trainings around campus always caught her eye, and she is now excited to explore how oral history can support advocacy and facilitate systemic change efforts.

Jennie has several research interests that stem from her background in youth development, social work, and American Studies. In particular, she is eager to explore connections between the experiences of workers in the varying human services, child welfare, and public education fields within the United States, particularly given recent findings about burnout.

Zack Daniel Schiavetta (2019)

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A pop musician and lifelong history student, Zack Daniel Schiavetta is part of the 2019/2020 OHMA cohort. A 2019 Graduate from the State University of New York at Purchase College, he’s a musician who has been performing and releasing his own records since 2014, but has held history very close to his heart.

Zack views and studies history as a way to understand power and how it is obtained, destroyed, manipulated, and perceived. His senior thesis was “A Brief History of New York City Anarchism: 1901-2011”, documenting the story of a movement that sought to destroy government power, and attempt to claim the city as their own from the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, to the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. He was first introduced to this topic as a touring musician, organizing shows, and releasing records, within the D.I.Y music scene of New York City and the northeastern United States. He saw the “Circle A” symbol marked in the D.I.Y spaces he’d play and book, as well as fellow musicians and friends identifying themselves as anarchists. He was intrigued by the political philosophy that his friends held onto and wanted to research more about this history.

During his time at OHMA, he wishes to expand upon this further, by researching and conducting interviews of New York City’s anarchists. He hopes to finalize his findings and research by publishing it as a book.

Kordell KeyAndre Hammond (2019)

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Kordell KeyAndre grew up in Bay Shore of Long Island, NY. Childhood experiences in choir and the drama club lead him to try an undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre, though soon he saw it more fulfilling to study human culture, language and identity theory. In May 2019, from the State University of New York at Fredonia, Kordell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He believes OHMA is the direction to best continue his professional training, and is grateful for those many who’ve made possible this nexus…

In his spare time, Kordell enjoys running, biking, and binge watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. Recent themes of interests include: the formation of masculine identity, the role of artificial intelligence in servicing devices, and water usage in our global village. His aspirations have always been to conduct interviews with a production subsidiary of The National Geographic Partners, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world.

Steeped in an overarching psychological framework, and incorporating methods from cognitive science, Kordell’s OHMA thesis responds to contemporary americana issues and, more pointedly, the American football players/citizens who take knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest racial inequality and police brutality. A modern civil rights practice arguably reminiscent of The Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 (1 year and 15 days), the conversation surrounding violence onto Black and Brown bodies continued in 2016 with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As of June 2019, the silent protests continue (2 years, 9 months and counting). Here at OHMA, Kordell hopes to further explore the nuanced interrelation(s) between America’s historic geographical dimensions of exploitation and the different bodies co-existing in said spaces.

“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states… Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Founder and Director of Operations with KeyAndre & Company — a lifestyle initiative established in 2016 on a mission to encourage self-awareness, self-discipline and self-care, through the art of design, rhetoric and rehabilitation — Kordell is eager to unravel this next chapter in re-defining person centered therapy and narrative medicine: Using instruments of critique and oral history methods to continue excavating the psychological wounding of black people, and otherwise. Please, you can join the discussion with KeyAndre & Company on Soundcloud @keyandrehammond or Instagram @theKeyAndre, or connect with Kordell via email - kkh2135@columbia.edu.

Lisa R. Cohen (2019)

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Lisa R. Cohen (who uses her middle initial because her name is so ubiquitous) is excited to be joining the the OHMA cohort as a part time Masters Candidate after 30 plus years as a full time network news producer, author, documentary filmmaker, adjunct professor and university administrator.

Currently, Lisa is the Director of Prizes administering the duPont-Columbia Awards at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She taught reporting, video production, and long form narrative video classes there for over a decade, while also directing/producing documentaries; about a maximum security prison hospice staffed by the inmates for the OWN Doc Club, and about the inequities of cancer care in this country for HBO. She also authored a book about the historic disappearance of Etan Patz in 1979 that ushered in a profound change in child rearing in America. Previous to that she produced long form stories and documentaries at ABC and CBS News for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in International Relations and French, neither of which she particularly made use of in her career, but realizes it was an invaluable lesson in developing critical thinking skills and the ability to speak with a guttural R.

She’s eager to learn more about the distinctions and commonalities between journalism and oral history, acquire new skills, and dive back in to helping others tell stories to create a deeper understanding of ourselves.

Rebecca Kiil (2018)

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Rebecca is thrilled to be part of this year’s OHMA cohort. She comes to Columbia OHMA from a writing/editing background, having worked at various points in her career in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, and most recently in the healthcare industry. Throughout, and often outside of her career, she has pursued the skills that would eventually bring her to OHMA: taking photography classes and workshops; attending the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies twice—first for a semester of graduate documentary photography field studies, and later for a weeklong multimedia intensive for digital audio, video, and photography; and honing her listening skills within a family where stories were told for, and about, survival. For the past few years, Rebecca has been working with her 101-year-old grandmother to document the story of her escape during World War II from her tiny home country of Estonia – which sits across the Baltic Sea from Finland and shares a border with Russia. In 1944, at the age of 26, Rebecca’s grandmother fled the Russian occupation and brutality of Stalin’s army, which had already claimed her father and brother and would soon claim her husband. This work led Rebecca to the realization that many Estonians of her grandmother’s generation have stories yet to be told. She wants to find those stories and document them. 

Rebecca joined this year’s OHMA cohort to go even deeper into this work and collaborate with, and be inspired by, both new and experienced storytellers and oral history innovators at OHMA. Rebecca is in the process of creating an online portal, the RAHU Peace Through Storytelling Project (rahu means peace in Estonian), to make these interviews available to a wider audience while she continues to collect as many first-hand accounts as possible, as quickly as possible. Rebecca recently received GSAS/OHMA Student Research Funding, which will enable her to go live with the website even sooner.

Marina Labarthe del Solar (2018)

Marina Labarthe del Solar is a transgender activist born and raised in Peru. Marina is passionate about art and storytelling, with a considerable propensity to merge the two. They uphold storytelling as a powerful medium for social change, especially by amplifying the experiences of individuals who have long been silenced.

From their earliest years, Marina has been fueled by hearing other people’s stories. It wasn’t until last year that they began seeing the value in telling their own narrative. Marina is currently working with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa to record Latino USA’s first episode on the experience of living as a transgender immigrant during Trump era. Marina is grateful to be given a platform to talk about issues they and many other LGBTQ+ people are facing, but they hope to soon build their own platform for others to share their stories.

Storm Garner (2018)

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Storm Garner joins Columbia’s 2018 OHMA cohort from a decade or so split between working zealously in the New York storytelling arts--mostly film and theatre, variously as writer, director, actor, designer, producer, musician and composer--and slowly earning her BA in Creative Writing--Nonfiction--here at Columbia’s School of General Studies.

Born in Washington DC in 1983, and raised mostly in Paris among international politics and NGO folk, Storm’s childhood ambitions to help fix Big World Problems on a policy level in a power-suit were dashed by a Bipolar diagnosis and subsequent downward spiral of health in her late teens, which forced her to leave her beloved studies and take a path less traveled, and often no path at all, since her future then seemed so tenuous.

Nonetheless, art-making continued to heal and invite, and work was somehow made: after co-founding a theatre company in Kraków, Poland, she moved to NYC in 2006 to work as a collaborative theatre artist at La Mama Experimental Theatre Company in the East Village, and one creative project after another has kept her in the city since then.

Last summer she production designed the feature film SOUTH MOUNTAIN directed by Hilary Brougher. This fall she’s costume designing a new feminist time-traveling opera by Alex Temple at Carnegie Hall. She still hopes to make a short film out of her original script that won, among other awards, the LGBT screenwriting award at Rhode Island Film Festival last year. But by and large, she’s hoping to spend less time backstage and on film sets in the future, and more time in development, with the help of her Oral History studies.

Inspired by her fascinating research experience as co-writer of short film “The Loyalist” (2015) by Minji Kang, a drama about the family life of the North Korean military elite which went on to win dozens of awards on the festival circuit, she’s been turning her focus to research and development of film treatments and scripts that tell real, lived, underrepresented  stories—responsibly!

And her favorite part of the process is—you guessed it: just finding sources and hearing their stories in the first place!

The oral history project Storm is starting out with at OHMA is her first that is unrelated to the film and theatre world. She’s making a series of short, light, video portraits of the immigrant chefs at the Queens Night Market, a 4 year old weekly food festival of sorts that aims to “celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of Queens”, and is the brainchild of her fiancé John Wang. She hopes the chef portrait series will lead to deeper conversations that won’t fit so easily into social media video posts, and looks forward to finding out what form these conversations will take, with the help of her instructors and fellow cohort members at OHMA.

Nora Waters (2018)

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Nora Waters graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with degrees in Gender and Women’s Studies and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. After completing her Bachelors, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. While grassroots organizing in New Orleans’ decentralized school system, she learned the power of movement building through the collection of personal narratives.

After finishing AmeriCorps, she returned home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to better understand her own roots. Over the past year, Nora has been recording her grandmother’s stories and dreaming about how oral history can be used to discuss identities, privilege, and redistribution of wealth and power. She is thrilled to be part of this year’s OHMA cohort to continue exploring these themes.

 

Anne Cardenas (2018)

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Anne Cardenas has consistently pursued opportunities to not just hear stories, but to truly listen and use them to enable deeper human connections. From her earliest years growing up on military bases around the world, to walking the halls of the White House where she served as a political appointee, Anne has been fascinated with diverse human connections and documenting stories. During a trip to a refugee camp in Southern Turkey at the height of the Syrian crisis, she found her own voice in the process. Anne joins the OHMA 2019 Cohort hoping to combine her passion for human and refugee rights with the power of oral history and storytelling.

Currently, Anne works as an Events Consultant at the United Nations Development Programme and prior to this, she worked in the Office of the CEO at VICE Media. Anne served in the Obama Administration from 2012 to 2016, working at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, as part of the team that processed presidential gifts and selected ten letters for President Obama to read each night of his presidency. She then served as Deputy Director of Travel Operations and Advance for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

Anne has roots in Tampa, Florida but has called many places home, including South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and History from Florida State University in 2011. In her free time, Anne enjoys running, international travel, political history, and searching for the best hot dogs in New York City. She is excited to join the OHMA 2019 Cohort to sharpen her storytelling skills and looks forward to learning from the OHMA faculty and her new classmates.

 

Darold Cuba (2018)

Darold is the Ivy League's first Wikipedia Fellow and Visiting Scholar (with dual appointments at the Libraries & the CGUI Lab at SEAS), and Columbia's first Wikimedians-In-Residence. In addition to developing exciting Wiki initiatives to aid in oral history development, as well as to counter the systemic and institutional harm to marginalized communities endemic to the platform (which he wrote about for OHMA here and here respectively), he's using wiki-tools to develop his thesis #MappingFreedom - documenting the communities that resisted Western colonialism to create their own "safe spaces,” read more at: http://oralhistory.columbia.edu/freedomcolonies-the-initial-resistance-the-original-safe-spaces?rq=freedom%20colonies

He is the founder of the International Association of Freedom Colonies (iAFC) and it's Oral History Archives, he's also a finalist for the 2019 Masters Synthesis competition.

As the University Senator for the Social Sciences, he's leading the taskforce to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the university senate, which was a result of the 1968 protests. This commemoration includes the CU Senate Oral History Project, and a year long celebration of the University-wide legislature which represents faculty, students, and other constituencies, making policy on a range of issues that affect the entire University. Follow this development on social media at  #CUSenate50, where Darold can be found as @DaroldCuba.