Sept/O/N/D 2021 Columbia Univ Oral History Workshops Series

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 with specific access requests or questions.

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.


September 30, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
“Tell Me About That World” Speculative Archives and Black Feminist Listening Practices
Taylor ThompsonOctober 21, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP, NY 1987-1993, building a world from Oral History
Sarah Schulman

October 28, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Making Meaning through Relationality in an Oral History Project: Amplifying Latino Immigrant Workers Voices in the Pandemic
María Islas-López and History Colorado

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Oral History and “the Keepers of Memory”: Knowledge of Past times in Cultures of Orality in India
Indira Chowdhury

November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Co-Documenting Queer Performances and Experiences in Monterrey,
Nuevo León, Mexico

Isabel Machado

December 3, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A Conversation with Tommy Orange

*All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time

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