In addition to being the Director of CCOH, Mary Marshall Clark is co-founder and director of Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) degree program, created in 2008-09. Formerly, she was an oral historian and filmmaker at the New York Times. Mary Marshall has been involved in oral history movement since 1991, and was president of the Oral History Association in 2001-2002.
Mary Marshall was instrumental in the founding of the International Oral History Association. She was the co-principal investigator, with Peter Bearman, of the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project, and directed related projects on the aftermath of September 11th in New York City. She has directed projects on the Carnegie Corporation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Japanese Internment on the East Coast, the Apollo Theater and Women in the Visual Arts. She has interviewed lead figures in the media, human rights, women’s movements and the arts.
Mary Marshall writes on issues of memory, the mass media, trauma, and ethics in oral history. Her current work focuses on the global impact of torture and detention policies at Guantánamo Bay. Mary Marshall is an editor of After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 11, 2001 and the Years that Followed, published by The New Press in September, 2011. She is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
Kristen La Follette, Office Assistant
Kristen is an oral historian recently trained at Columbia University. While a student she co-produced Hydraulic Fracturing: An Oral History; an audio piece offering testimonies related to the effects of fracking in Pennsylvania and New York State. Kristen’s thesis project recorded the life stories of Catholic nuns, which were eventually performed in a stage production Kristen directed.
She developed a deep love for oral history through the creation of monologues for Braiding Voices: The Stories of Peacemakers while an undergraduate at California State University at Monterey Bay. For the project she interviewed a Hurricane Katrina Red Cross volunteer and an international drug policy reform advocate. She also directed Fighting for my History. Kristen holds a BA in Human Communication and will hold an MA in Oral History this fall.
Terrell D. Frazier, Director of Education and Outreach
Terrell brings a range of research and communications experience to the Columbia Center for Oral History. Prior to joining the Center, Terrell worked with the national organizations Freedom to Marry, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Throughout his career he has helped increase outreach capacity of nonprofits by building relationships with the media, producing research, and drafting editorial content, all while engaging communities in human rights causes. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology at The New School for Social Research, where he focused on using emergent media to spur social change, while also serving as a co-chair of the Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference. Terrell graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Social Policy and Journalism.
Sarah Dziedzic, Project Coordinator, Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project
Sarah is a graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University and completed her thesis research on the role of memory in the landscape of Grant’s Tomb. She works as an oral historian for Wave Hill, a public garden in the Bronx, on a project that documents the role of the institution in open space preservation, horticulture and environmental education. She serves on the board of Seven Stories Institute, an organization that increases accessibility to books about alternatives to current governmental policies and attitudes, and which is currently operating a volunteer-run bookshop in Washington Heights called Word Up. She has also done environmental outreach and education in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma and, as a member of the Oral Historians for Social Justice network, advocates for new methodologies for studying landscape. She holds a B.A. from Columbia in English and Creative Writing.