26 July 2022 Voice of Witness Oral History Workshop Series

2022-07-26 16:00 - 17:00

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For nearly 15 years, Voice of Witness has honed an ethics-driven oral history methodology that cultivates powerful first-person narratives amplifying the voices of people directly impacted by—and fighting against—injustice.

We’ve adapted this approach into an online workshop series for advocates, educators, and organizations seeking to use storytelling to advance a project or mission.

Join us on Tuesday, July 26 at 4pm PT for a discussion about Mi María: Surviving the Storm, which shares 17 first-person stories of Hurricane María and its unjust aftermath within the colonial context of Puerto Rico. Despite widespread government-level failures, through these oral histories we repeatedly see communities rising together to take care of each other.

We’re excited to share that an editor and narrator from the book will stop by to join the conversation! RSVP here to receive the zoom link and purchase a copy if you don’t have one already.

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  • 2024-05-11 08:45 - 2024-05-11 16:30

    The essentials of oral history research, Day 2: Recording seriously — Wellington

    Part of Oral history workshops — 2024 series


    Book a spot on our two-day workshop that gives an introduction to oral history methodology. Led by Lynette Shum, Oral History Advisor at the Alexander Turnbull Library, the workshop is ideal for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.


    Practical introduction to oral history

    An introduction to oral history methodology. Includes:

    • how to plan an oral history project
    • choose the best equipment
    • achieve clear audio recordings
    • select informants
    • follow ethical procedures
    • develop questioning techniques
    • process oral history, and
    • make the material available for use.

    Equipment is provided. All participants will also receive a comprehensive summary resource and a certificate of attendance.

    Attendance on both days is required and places are limited.
    Day 1 Introduction to oral history — Saturday 6 April 2024
    Day 2 Recording seriously — Saturday 11 May 2024

    Bookings are essential

    Email us to book a spot in this ever-popular course — ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

    Principles-based training

    Our training is based on the principles in the National Oral History Association of New Zealand’s Code of Ethical and Technical Practice, and international archival standards.

    About the speaker

    Lynette Shum has been the Oral History Advisor with the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand since 2011. As well as offering training and advice in oral history, Lynette is also working on a long-term oral history project recording people who lived or worked in the Chinese centre of Wellington.

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    Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

    For more general information about National Library services and exhibitions, have a look at our COVID-19 page.

    Group of six women having breakfast at a table while camping. There is a box of Weetbix on the table and some of the women are eating eggs.
    Photo of a group of women having breakfast on a camping trip, circa 1939 by Thema Rene Kent. Ref: 1/2-010114-F Alexander Turnbull Library.

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