OHMA Open House and Voice of Witness Book Talk, February 21

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The Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Columbia Journalism School and Voice of Witness Present:

Everybody’s A Stranger When They First Arrive:
Refugees’ Experiences in America                              

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WHO: Gabriele Stabile, is an Italian photographer based in New York City. His photography has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and The Wall Street JournalJuliet Linderman is a reporter for the Times-Picayune. Formerly the editor of a small community newspaper, she has written for many publications including The New York Times and Village Voice. The two will discuss the newest title from Voice of Witness, Refugee Hotel, a collection of photography and oral histories that documents the experiences of refugees in the United States. Staff will also be on hand to talk with prospective students about the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) program at Columbia University.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm.

WHERE: Columbia Journalism School, Stabile Student Center, Morningside Heights Campus, 2950 Broadway NY, NY 10027. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Google MapCampus Map.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join Gabriele and Juliet for a presentation and discussion on the role of oral history in contemporary human rights and photojournalism. The editors will discuss and read from their new book, in which evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from men and women who have resettled in the United States from Burundi, Iraq, Burma, Somalia, Bhutan, and Ethopia. In their narratives, they describe their first days in the US, the lives they’ve left behind, and the communities they have since created.

There will also be a presentation from faculty and alumni about the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA), a multi-disciplinary program that utilizes theoretical approaches across the social sciences and humanities.

SPONSORS: This talk is part of the “Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series,” co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH), the Oral History Master of Arts Program(OHMA), the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Columbia Journalism School. Support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics(INCITE) is provided for programming that embodies late Professor Paul Lazarsfeld’s commitment to improving methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Terrell Frazier atterrellfrazier@columbia.edu