Oral History Research Office Hosts Summer Institute Program

NEW YORK, July 2, 2004 - The Columbia University Oral History Research Office (OHRO) is sponsoring its annual two-week international Summer Institute in Oral History from July 12 to July 23, 2004. The theme of the 2004 Institute is "Constructions of Race and Ethnicity from Past to Present: Negotiating Collective Memories through Oral History" and will feature faculty and fellows from around the world.

"This year's theme is perhaps the most historically important and neglected subject in mainstream oral history," explained Mary Marshall Clark, Director of OHRO. "Given the rich oral traditions within indigenous and ethnic cultures that have sustained and informed the movements of oral history in the United States, we are greatly indebted to the extraordinary faculty of this year's summer institute for allowing us to explore this legacy within the discipline of oral history."

Presentation topics will include: Testimony, Narrative and Evidence; Oral Sources in Documenting Resistance; Living Black History: Identity and the Language of Memory; Social Relations and Responsibilities of Indigenous Oral History Research; and Giving Voice to the Dialogue: Oral History and Political Theater. The Institute will also provide instruction in interviewing, designing community history projects, integrating oral history sources into academic research and writing, and managing video oral history programs. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn digital recording techniques in audio recording, and explore the uses of oral testimony in audio documentaries.

Faculty for the 2004 Summer Institute include: George Lipsitz, Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Manning Marable, Professor of Political Affairs, Political Science and History and Director of the Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia University; Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American Literature at the University of Rome; Julieanna Richardson, Executive Director of The HistoryMakers, a video archive of African American oral histories; Revan Schendler, sociologist and writer, Smith College; Winona Wheeler, Professor and Dean, First Nations University of Canada; Linda Shopes, Historian, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Steve Rowland, President of CultureWorks of Philadelphia; Mary Marshall Clark, Director of OHRO; Jessica Wiederhorn, Associate Director of OHRO; and Ronald Grele, Director Emeritus, OHRO.

The Columbia University Oral History Research Office is the oldest and largest organized university-based oral history program open to the public in the world. Founded in 1948 by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Allan Nevins, the oral history collection now contains nearly 800,000 taped memoirs, and nearly 1,000,000 pages of transcript. The program is also a center for teaching and research, offering opportunities for students, visiting scholars and fellows. For additional information about the 2004 Summer Institute or for general information about the Oral History Research Office, please contact 212-854-7083.

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