Leyla Vural (2014)

I am an oral historian and geographer. After 20 years in the labour movement, I returned to school to earn an M.A. in oral history at Columbia University, which I completed in May 2015, and have conducted close to 100 oral history interviews since then. I am conducting an ongoing oral history project that I designed for The Rockefeller University, interviewing preeminent scientists about their lives and the ideas that informed their ground-breaking work and editing each interview into a short film. I was part of the team that interviewed LGBTQ New Yorkers about their lives and the evolution of the gay rights movement for the Stonewall Oral History Project (funded by the National Park Service). Some of my other work includes interviewing neighbourhood preservationists for the New York Preservation Archive Project and three weeks in Ireland, interviewing folklorists, musicians, craftspeople, and historians for a series of cultural audio tours. In 2016, the Hannah Arendt Centre for Politics and Humanities at Bard College selected my piece on ethical listening as a “favourite essay.” Samples of my work are available at www.lvcomm.com.