21(22 NZ) October 2021 Columbia University Zoom

2021-10-21 19:00 - 20:30

This Zoom event is 7pm Eastern Standard Time USA or 12 Noon 22 October NZ time

Oral history is knowledge formed in relationship. This year we plan to explore how oral historians have centered relationship in their work, how oral history processes can change how we relate to each other and to the past, and what it means to relate or retell an oral history to new audiences.

All events will be hosted online via Zoom. They are free and open to the public with pre-registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

These events are open to all. You can use this quick survey to let us know how we could make these events more accessible for you. Note that we are able to provide ASL interpretation for any event, but need two weeks’ notice. Please contact Rebecca McGilveray at rlm2203@columbia.edu with specific access requests or questions.

Where: Zoom – Sign up to receive the link here.

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00pm-8:30pm EST

Sarah Schulman, a novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer and screenwriter – with her collaborator Jim Hubbard, started the ACT UP Oral History Project in 2001. They hoped that the raw data they created by interviewing 188 members of ACT UP over 18 years would eventually be interpreted by academics. But instead, false histories emerged crediting a handful of individuals with the work of hundreds. Realizing there was a state of emergency, Schulman sat down and re-read all the interviews she had conducted and cohered tropes and themes to compose one, 768-page book that has been called a “masterpiece” by the New York Times, and has now been optioned for a dramatic television series. Schulman will discuss the process and be available for questions.

Image Description: Sarah Schulman gazes into the camera wearing a black shirt, standing on a colorful street.

Upcoming Events

Check out our upcoming events below:

·    October 28 | Making Meaning through Relationality in an Oral History Project: Amplifying Latino Immigrant Workers Voices in the Pandemic

·    November 11 | OHMA Virtual Open House

·    November 13 | Oral History and “the Keepers of Memory”: Knowledge of Past times in Cultures of Orality in India

·    November 18 | Co-Documenting Queer Performances and Experiences in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

·    December 2 | A Conversation with Tommy Orange

THIS EVENT WILL BE RECORDED. With the permission of the speaker(s), we record these events to share on our YouTube channel. However, in accordance with an oral history practice of ongoing consent, we invite speakers to make decisions about how to share their recording after their event is completed, so we cannot guarantee that any event recording will be made public.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Rebecca McGilveray at rlm2203@columbia.edu or visit the OHMA site.

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