DATE: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
TIME: 5-8 PM
WHERE: The Refectory at Union Theological Seminary, enter at 121st Street and Broadway (note: we regret that this space is not wheelchair accessible)
WHAT: Oral history has the potential to transform public dialogue about the most important issues of our time--race and police violence, income inequality, gentrification, the crisis of democracy--by amplifying diverse voices in the public sphere, providing new perspectives and historical context.
How can oral histories help us understand and catalyze social change? This interactive, multimedia pop-up exhibit, curated by the students and faculty of the Columbia Oral History Master of Arts program, will present eleven projects engaging this question from eleven different angles, asking:
- How do experiences of collective power become myths, and how do these myths generate or defuse new waves of activism?
- How do stories of urban places nurture resilient communities?
- How are living traditions of resistance passed down between generations and how are these traditions disrupted?
- How do personal stories about the past document injustice and provide clues to a new way forward?
- How do we use knowledge of history to imagine and create the future we want?
Audience members will be invited to don headphones and dip into immersive community spaces, including a sultry jazz club, a midwife's office, and a neighborhood hair salon.
Refreshments will be served and children are welcome!
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