PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE FOR THE ORAL HISTORY MA PROGRAM AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
- Listening Party featuring the work of OHMA alum Svetlana Kitto
- Information session
- Meet OHMA students and alums
- Mini-interviewing workshop, taught by Columbia Center for Oral History Director Mary Marshall Clark and OHMA Associate Director Amy Starecheski.
Refreshments will be served
WHEN: This will take place on November 5, 2015, 6:30 - 8 PM.
WHERE: Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd Street, Room 509
Svetlana Kitto is a writer and oral historian in New York City. Her fiction, journalism and essays have appeared in Salon, VICE, the New York Observer, the Huffington Post, ART21, OutHistory, Plenitude and the books Occupy (Verso, 2012) and the Who, the What and the When (Chronicle, 2014). She has contributed interviews to oral history projects with the Museum of Arts and Design, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she developed and taught a writing workshop called Racial Realities: Writing About Race in the First Person. She co-curates the reading and performance series Adult Contemporary in NYC.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Oral History Master of Arts is the first program of its kind: a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree training students in oral history method and theory. Our graduates work in museums, historical societies, advocacy organizations, media, the arts, education, human rights and development. OHMA is also excellent preparation for doctoral work in fields like anthropology, history, journalism, and American studies or professional degrees in law, education, or social work.
Jointly run by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research, one of the preeminent oral history centers in the world, and INCITE, a lively hub for interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, OHMA connects students with the intellectual resources of a major research university, and with the intimate society of a small cohort of talented students.
During a year at OHMA, students learn the skills of digital audio and video production and editing, digital archiving, oral history project design and interviewing, and both historical and social science analysis. Working with an OHMA faculty member, each student is guided through the process of creating a thesis or capstone project. Past projects have taken the form of academic and creative essays, film and audio documentaries, performances, exhibits, and multimedia websites. OHMA students also have access to elective courses taught anywhere within the University and exclusive oral history internship opportunities.