This funding builds upon a previous grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, which enabled the Center, formerly known as the Oral History Research Office, to undertake new and innovative projects in the areas of human rights and constitution freedoms. New work will proceed in the areas of public health, philanthropies, and the arts.
"This is one of the most significant grants in our history, as it frees us to develop the projects and programs that will allow us to reach wider audiences, take up the challenge of doing interviews that touch on the central events and conversations of our times, and develop our digital capacity to make our collections more publicly available," Mary Marshall Clark, Director of CCOH, said.
The Center will also expand its educational offerings to the public to include regular workshops and training programs, faculty and student seminars and one-to-one consultations. The grant will allow for the transformation of the Summer Institute into a more global training institute, leading to the development of faculty and student exchange programs.
Through ongoing work with colleagues in the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the home of the Oral History Master of Arts program, the Center also plans to work with students and faculty to build the field of oral history in multidisciplinary contexts, enlivening the archive, and building collections in new and dynamic ways.
The Atlantic Philanthropies are a group of Bermuda-based charitable foundations whose grant investments are focused internationally in four programme fields: Ageing, Disadvantaged Children and Youth, Population Health and Reconciliation and Human Rights. Atlantic’s mission is to bring about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.