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  • All day
    2019-01-03-2019-01-06

    Chicago
    Panel “Loyalty and Competing Narratives in Oral History

    The panel is tentatively titled “Loyalty and Competing Narratives in Oral History,” and deals with the challenge of if and how, and to what extent, the historian should or must privilege their own interpretation over the meanings that interlocutors assign to their own stories.

    This panel addresses one of the most prominent challenges facing historians working with testimony: how to balance the scholar’s interpretation against, or alongside, the meanings and significance with which subjects invest their own life stories. Confronting the tension between loyalties (what the historian feels towards the subject and what she feels towards her own interpretation) is more than a simple theoretical exercise; it can profoundly shape the finished product and has ramifications for the morality and ethics of historical practice when that practice includes living interlocutors. Moreover, does (or should) the loyalty (or conflicted loyalties) that oral historians feel towards their subjects differ from the fidelity (or skepticism) which historians of all stripes should approach their source material? This panel explores these questions and seeks to contribute new theoretical and methodological insight to the evolving field of oral history.

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  • All day
    2019-01-11-2019-01-14

    For many of us, family is the obvious—and sometimes most complicated—place to start our work as oral historians. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use oral history to document and preserve their family stories. We’ll discuss common challenges: convincing your family to participate, delving into sensitive subjects and secrets, and working with interviewees who may suffer from memory loss. We’ll also discuss the potential for oral history to repair and transform relationships. Optional evening activities include a mini family-themed movie fest and an evening of embarrassing family stories, of course!

    This workshop is a good fit for novices or advanced oral historians embarking on a family history project, broadly defined—or for those exploring the nuances of “insider” interviews. Also welcome: those working on projects about constructed families or constellations of people intimately related. Special topics: ethics, memory loss, individual and collective memory, song collection. All students receive a resource packet, which includes examples of relevant forms and an e-reader.

    Instructor: Suzanne Snider
    Location: Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson, New York
    Tuition: $575 ($500 for friends/family members who apply together)

    Tuition includes an OHSS e-reader, workbook, tote bag and two group meals. A detailed schedule is provided ahead of time for participants.

    * This workshop also serves as basic oral history training for those working on projects without a family focus.

  • All day
    2019-01-11-2019-01-21

    Shaking the Family Tree: Oral History, Family History and Insider Interviews

    Dates: Jan 11 – 14

    Location: Drop Forge & Tool, Hudson New York

    Instructors: Suzanne Snider

    Tuition: $575 ($500 for friends/family members who apply together)

    Application + More information, here

    For many of us, family is the obvious—and sometimes most complicated—place to start our work as oral historians. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use oral history to document and preserve their family stories. We’ll discuss common challenges: convincing your family to participate, delving into sensitive subjects and secrets, and working with interviewees who may suffer from memory loss.

    Oral History for Educators

    Dates: January 19 – 21

    Location: 1 North Front Street, Hudson, New York

    Instructor: Suzanne Snider

    Tuition: Sliding Scale ($475 to $700. See here for more details)*

    Application + More information, here

    This workshop is designed for educators who want to bring oral history into their classrooms and learning spaces. We’ll begin with a rigorous introduction to oral history theory, methods and practice before reviewing existing curricula as a jumping off place to design our own curricula/projects.

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  • All day
    2019-01-19-2019-01-21

    This workshop is designed for educators who want to bring oral history into their classrooms and learning spaces. We’ll begin with a rigorous introduction to oral history theory, methods and practice before reviewing existing curricula as a jumping off place to design our own curricula/projects.

    We’ll think about how oral history’s best practices dovetail with a range of learning objectives, seizing upon the field’s potential to support active listening, ethical documentary practice along with considerations of: primary sources, myth, memory, the archive as a future history, silence, talking across difference, problem solving, shared authority, collaborative analysis and historiography. Participants will be guided through a design process with a chance to workshop their emergent ideas with the group.

    Note: The example curricula will be directly relevant for learners age 5 and up, though we welcome early childhood educators, as well. Please contact us with any questions about the appropriate fit of this workshop or other workshops.

    Instructor: Suzanne Snider
    Location: 1 North Front Street, Hudson, New York
    Tuition: Sliding Scale ($475 to $700. See below for more details)*
    We are accepting scholarship applications from local Hudson area educators (K-12) for three tuition-free spaces

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