OHMA Workshop Series

Review student reflections of each of our Workshop Series events on the blog here.
View a playlist of all of our Workshop Series events on YouTube here.

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Spring 2018

Oral History and the Arts

Spring 2018: Oral History and the Arts

Oral history is an art. The practice of oral history is creative -- in interviews we make narratives together with our interviewees, imagining worlds, telling stories, creating characters. Oral history can also be used to document the arts, to tell the stories of painters and dancers and actors and writers and the worlds they live in. And the arts are a powerful means to amplify and interpret oral histories, transforming them into literary narratives, building theater or music or dance performances from them, using them to create documentaries. This year, we will explore all of these many intersections of oral history and the arts, asking what unique contributions an oral history approach can make to artistic practice, and how oral history can help us to think about art and its role in the world.

January 25, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Jennifer Egan: The Novelist as Oral Historian
Jennifer Egan

February 1, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Writing and Listening for the Intersubjective Encounter
Nyssa Chow

February 15, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project: An Oral and Art History Mash-up
Sara Sinclair and Mary Marshall Clark

March 8, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
How to Listen
Daniel Alarcón

March 29, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Performing Listening in the Context of Memorial Audio Walks
Luis Sotelo

April 5, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Push Play
Nicki Pombier Berger and Liza Zapol

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Fall 2017

Oral History and the Arts
 

Fall 2017: Oral History and the Arts

Oral history is an art. The practice of oral history is creative -- in interviews we make narratives together with our interviewees, imagining worlds, telling stories, creating characters. Oral history can also be used to document the arts, to tell the stories of painters and dancers and actors and writers and the worlds they live in. And the arts are a powerful means to amplify and interpret oral histories, transforming them into literary narratives, building theater or music or dance performances from them, using them to create documentaries. This year, we will explore all of these many intersections of oral history and the arts, asking what unique contributions an oral history approach can make to artistic practice, and how oral history can help us to think about art and its role in the world.

September 14, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Oral History As Engaged Community Listening, Ceremonial Practice and Performative Art
Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

September 21, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Interviewing artists: intersubjectivity and visuality
Luisa Passerini

October 19, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
From Field to Performance: Adapting Oral History and Ethnographic Field Research for the Stage
E. Patrick Johnson

October 26, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
A History of Echoes-Part 1: Memory and Militant Sound Investigations
Robert Sember

November 2, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
A History of Echoes-Part 2: Sound of Trans Freedom
Michael Roberson

December 7, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
"Beyond words": oral tradition and the music of Julia Wolfe
Julia Wolfe


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Spring 2017

Oral History and the Social Sciences

Spring 2017: Oral History and the Social Sciences

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.

January 19, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
History-Making, Peoplehood, and the Right to the City
Amy Starecheski 

February 9, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Summer for Respect: Student Activists, Walmart Workers, and the Future of the American Labor Movement
Adam Reich

February 23, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
How the Community Research Group Discovered Situation Analysis and What We Did About It
Mindy Fullilove

March 9, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Indigenous Oral Histories, Blurring Boundaries in Academia
Winona Wheeler

March 23, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Devalued Subjectivities: Disciplines, Voices and Publics
Leslie Robertson

April 6, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Becoming an Organizer: Narrative, Identity and Social Action
Terrell Frazier


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Fall 2016

Oral History and the City

Fall 2016: Oral History and the City

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.

September 22, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Splicing into an Existing Narrative: Living Los Sures and Local Co-Creation
Christopher Allen

September 29, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century
DW Gibson

October 6, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Large-scale and Local: Engaging New York Public Library Communities in the Collection Process
Alexandra Kelly

October 20, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Intersection | Prospect Heights: Dialogue in the Supermarket
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

November 10, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
More Than a Riot: Listening to the Unheard Voices of Crown Heights
Zaheer Ali

December 1, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Below the Grid: Decolonizing the Silences, Fragments, and Shadows of Manhattan
John Kuo Wei Tchen


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Spring 2016

Oral History and Public Dialogue

Spring 2016: Oral History and Public Dialogue

February 4, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Creating the Urban Canvas: Land Art on a Brooklyn Street Corner
Laura Barnett and Alfred Evans

February 18, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Performance into Policy: Doing Justice by Oral Histories of Place and Displacement
Della Pollock and Hudson Vaughan

March 3, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Reckoning with 100 Years of Violence on the US/Mexico Border: Methods for Developing a Public Dialogue
Monica Muñoz Martinez

March 24, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Oral History in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Paul Ortiz

April 14, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Who Gets to Tell the Story?: A Fresh Approach to Collaborating with Activists to Create Archives
Wesley Hogan


April 21, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Big Prisons, Small Towns: Stories from the Prison Public Memory Project
Tracy Huling, Quintin Cross, and Brian Buckley


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Fall 2015

Oral History and Public Dialogue

Fall 2015: Oral History and Public Dialogue

September 24, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Roots and Fruits of Activism in Washington Heights and New York City
Laura Altschuler, Sixto Medina, and Rob Snyder

October 1, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Oral History, Radical Mapping and Displacement in San Francisco
Manissa Maharawal

October 8, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Oral History and Cross-Cultural Dialogues: Building Bridges with Artistic Projects
Judith Sloan

October 22, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
When Truth Is Justice: Narratives of Black Women and Sexual Assault Across Generations
Farah Tanis

November 12, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
This Muslim American Life
Moustafa Bayoumi

December 3, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
How You Sing Your Song: Miguel Zenón's Oral History-Based Music
Miguel Zenón with Erica Wrightson


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Spring 2015

Oral History, Health and Medicine

Spring 2015: Oral History, Health and Medicine

February 5, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
After Depression: Reflections on Oral and Written Personal Narrative as Archive of Feelings
Ann Cvetkovich

February 26, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Stories of Environmental Danger: A Collective Approach
Christopher Sellers

March 5, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Bodies, Embodiment, and the Experience of Passion: What Tango Dancers Can Teach Us
Kathy Davis

March 12, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Oral History with Vulnerable Populations: The Schizophrenia Oral History Project
Lynda Crane and Tracy McDonough

March 26, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Perpetual Handmaidens: Creating Knowledge in the Shadows
Ronald Doel

April 2, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Stories I Skipped: Narratives of Care, Narratives of War
Alessandro Portelli

April 16, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Listening With the Whole Body in Mind Feminist Oral History Project
Ynestra King

April 30, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Digital Storytelling as Narrative Shock: New Views on Young Parenting Latinas, Migration, and Family
Aline Gubrium and Elizabeth L. Krause


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Fall 2014

Oral History, Health and Medicine

Fall 2014: Oral History, Health and Medicine

September 11, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Oral History Meets Dementia: A Staged Reading of the Play Timothy and Mary
Sam Robson

September 18, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Seeking Witness: Voice of Witness and Building an Oral History Network
Luke Gerwe

October 2, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
A Radical Archive of Be(long)ing
Teiji Okamoto

October 16, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Narrative Humility: Medical Listening and Oral History
Sayantani DasGupta

November 6, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Can the Oral Historian Speak
Brian Purnell

November 13, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Oral History and Intellectual Disability: Navigating Authority, Authorship, and Advocacy
Nicki Berger

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Fall 2013-Spr. 2014

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

September 12, 2013, 6:00 -8:00 PM:
Personal Memories of War and Detention in Croatia from 1941 until Today: Making Private Experiences Public as a Means of Mobilizing Support and Developing Understanding
Darija Maric, Documenta

September 26, 2013, 6:30 -8:30 PM:
Listening to New Orleans
Daniel Wolff, Author

October 7, 2013, 6:30 -8:30 PM:
Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories 2000-2010
Avner Gvaryahu, Breaking the Silence

October 24, 2013, 6:30 -8:30 PM:
From Storytelling to Storyweaving: Muriel Miguel, A Retrospective
Muriel Miguel, Spiderwoman Theater

November 7, 2013, 6:30 -8:30 PM:
High Rise Stories
Audrey Petty, Voice of Witness

November 21, 2013 6:30-8:30
The Eros of Oral History
Jeff Friedman, Dancer, Choreographer and Professor of Dance Studies

February 6, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Listening to Central Park North: Making Oral Histories Tangible
Sewon Chung, New Media Artist and Oral Historian; OHMA alum

February 20, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Monastic Silence and a Visual Dialogue
Abbie Reese, Author

March 6, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Oral History at the Crossroads: Sharing Authority in Practice in Project-Based Research
Steven High, Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

March 27, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
De-centering Authority: Building a Collaborative Oral History of Mixed-Heritage Families in Brooklyn
Sady Sullivan, Brooklyn Historical Society

April 11 , 2014
Ann Cvetkovich and Luisa Passerini in Conversation

April 24, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Lost Neighborhood: Making Oral History Central in a Museum Exhibition
Catherine Charlebois, Montreal History Center

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Fall 2012-Spr.2013

September 18, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence
Voice of Witness

October 4, 2012 7:00 - 9:00 PM,
“We’d Rather Not Be on the Rolls of Relief”: Folk Music as/and Oral History: Civic Engagement Through Songs, Documentary Photographs, and Voices from the Depression and New Deal
Michael Frisch and the 198 String Band

October 18, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Learning From the Old School: Oral History and Historical Production in New York City's Squatting Communities
Amy Starecheski

November 1, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Surfacing Solutions: Using Oral History to Find New Solutions to Intimate Violence
Alisa del Tufo

November 15, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Interviewing Interviewers about Interviewing: The Epistemology of Oral History
Andrea Dixon

December 6, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Newtown Creek Community Health and Harms Narrative Project: Oral History and Public Health
Suzanne Snider

January 31, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Surfacing Solutions: Using Oral History to Find New Solutions to Intimate Violence
Alisa del Tufo

February 14, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Search, Explore, Connect: Enhancing Access to Oral History
Doug Boyd

February 21, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Everybody is a Stranger When They First Arrive: Refugees’ Experiences in America.
Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman, Voice of Witness

March 14, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Uncovering Hidden Histories: The Making of Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!
Lillian Jiménez

April 11, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Both Our Voices: A Feminist Relational Approach to Life History Narratives of Previously Juvenile Justice Involved LGBTQ Young Adults
Sarah Mountz

April 25, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Movement Creates Museum: the Activist Beginnings of Weeksville Heritage Center
Jennifer Scott