Note: The Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) has joined the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). For the latest CCOHR public programming information please visit incite.columbia.edu/incite-events/ and visit us on Twitter at @CU_OralHistory
Avner Gvaryahu “Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories 2000-2010”
Monday, October 7, 6:30-8:30pm, 523 Butler Library, 535 West 114th Street, 5th floor. Campus Map. [Flyer]
Co-sponsored by The Middle East Institute
Muriel Miguel “From Storytelling to Storyweaving: Muriel Miguel, A Retrospective”
Thursday, October 24, 6:30-8:30pm, Room 509, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor. Campus Map.
June 13, 2013:
Professor Tania Ka’ai & Dr. Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta, The National Māori Language Institute and the International Centre for Language Revitalization, Language Revitalization: Harnessing New Technologies
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room 509, 550 West 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor. Campus Map. [More Information]
April 25, 2013:
Jennifer Scott, Movement Creates Museum: the Activist Beginnings of Weeksville Heritage Center
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm.
April 11, 2013:
Sarah Mountz, Both Our Voices: A Feminist Relational Approach to Life History Narratives of Previously Juvenile Justice Involved LGBTQ Young Adults
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm.
March 14, 2013:
Lillian Jiménez, Uncovering Hidden Histories: The Making of Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: Columbia University, Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room 509, 550 West 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor. Campus Map.
February 21, 2013:
Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman, Voice of Witness, Everybody is a Stranger When They First Arrive: Refugees’ Experiences in America.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: Columbia Journalism School, Stabile Student Center, 2950 Broadway NY, NY 10027. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Google Map, Campus Map. [More information]
February 14, 2013:
Doug Boyd, Search, Explore, Connect: Enhancing Access to Oral History
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: Columbia University, 523 Butler Library, 535 West 114th Street. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Campus Map. [More information]
January 31, 2013:
Alisa del Tufo, Surfacing Solutions: Using Oral History to Find New Solutions to Intimate Violence
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room 509, 550 West 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor. Campus Map. [More information]
DEC 6 (THURS)
The Newtown Creek Community Health and Harms Narrative Project: Oral History and Public Health by Suzanne Snider. Snider will be discussing the use of community-based oral history to politicize victims of environmental injustice and to establish a collaborative public health report and map, based on the testimony of long-term residents’ in three adjacent New York City neighborhoods. 6-8 PM. Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY. Google Map, Campus Map.
JUN 4 (MON)
“On Torture: A Public Interview with Jameel Jaffer” Human rights and civil liberties attorney, Jameel Jaffer, is the Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, and directed the National Security Project from 2007 – 2010. Ronald Grele is the director emeritus of the Columbia Center for Oral History and one of the primary interviewers for the Rule of Law Oral History Project. : Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Annex, Morningside Heights Campus, 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Google Map, Campus Map. More info here.
JUNE 6 (WED)
“Examining the Role of Narrative in Human Rights Advocacy, Documentation and Justice- Seeking” A panel discussion featuring Pamela Graham, Ramazan Aras, Michelle Brané, Sandra Coliver and Lisa Magarrell on the ethical, political and legal implications of using narrative, testimony and oral history in human rights contexts. Each panelist will explore how narrative connects informal and formal justice- seeking initiatives, and questions surrounding the use of narrative in pursuit of legal or political justice. Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Annex, Morningside Heights Campus, 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Google Map, Campus Map.
June 11 (MON)
“Migrant Music in Rome: The New Folk Sounds of the Postcolonial Metropolis” a public presentation by oral historian and musicologist Alessandro Portelli. Portelli will discuss his current fieldwork project: collecting the music in Rome brought by multicultural migrants during the past 20 years and how it has changed the ethnic, linguistic and cultural make-up of postcolonial Italy. Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Annex, Morningside Heights Campus, 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Google Map, Campus Map.
April 3 (TUES)
“Perpetual Revolution: Creating Space for Dialogue through Public Projects” Artist + agitator Ruth Sergel and curator and professor of Urban Studies Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani talk about memory, the personal, political and historical legacies of place, and the importance of community collaborations in their work. Columbia University, International Affairs Building, Room 801. 420 W. 118th Street, 8th floor. MAP More info here.
March 20 (TUES)
“A Sense of Story, or Narrative Medicine for the Chaos of Illness?” a public workshop with founder and Director of the Columbia program in Narrative Medicine Dr. Rita Charon. Dr. Charon’s workshop will include an introduction to the principles underlying narrative medicine, a discussion of narrative methods employed to help doctors to recognize patients and diseases, convey knowledge, accompany patients through the ordeals of illness. Columbia University, The Kraft Center (Rennert Hall). 606 West 115th Street, New York, NY 10025. MAP More info here.
March 21 (WEDS)
“Voter Mobilization: The Impact of the OWS and Tea Party Movement on the 2012 Election” The second panel of the 2012 ISERP Election Series . The panel will feature Mary Marshall Clark, Todd Gitlin, Dorian Warren, and Vanessa Williamson discussing the impact grassroots movements will have on the 2012 presidential election. The World Room, Third Floor, Journalism Building, Columbia University More info here.
February 21 (TUES)
“Seeing What’s in Front of Us By Listening Carefully,” a public workshop with Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. Dr. Fullilove’s presentation will focus on the origins of her book “Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It” and the insights gained from listening carefully to the stories that people were sharing with her. 801 of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University. Map. More info here.
FEBRUARY 7 (TUES)
A book talk with authors Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi and the SPRING 2012 OPEN HOUSE for the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA). Waldman and Levi will discuss their latest book, “Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons in the United States” and OHMA faculty and alumni will be on hand with prospective students to discuss the program. 6:00-8:00pm in Room 701 (Case Lounge) on the 7th Floor of Jerome Greene Hall at the Columbia Law School. Google Map. Campus Map.
APRIL 5 (TUES)
“MEMORIES AND NARRATIONS OF DEATH, NEAR DEATH, AND MOURNING,” a panel on memory and narrative, featuring Ghislaine Boulanger, Mary Marshall Clark, Luisa Passerini. Takes place 6:30-8:00pm in room 754 of the Schermerhorn Extension Building at Columbia University. More info here. Map.
APRIL 20-21 (WEDS-THURS)
“DISPLACEMENT AND COMMUNITY: USING ORAL HISTORY TO DOCUMENT TRANSITIONS, EVOLUTIONS, AND ADAPTATION,” the spring 2011 conference of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region conference (OHMAR). Sarah Loose, a student in Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) program, presents with Francisco Ramirez on “Collective Memory, Resistance and Displacement: A Transnational Story of Salvadoran Community Organizing.” That presentation takes place Thursday, April 21, from 10:15-11:45am. More info here.
APRIL 28-29 (THURS-FRI)
“REMEMBERING GUANTANAMO,” a public memory symposium co-sponsored by Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, University Seminar on History, Redress, and Reconciliation, Oral History Research Office, and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Takes place at the Jerome Greene Annex at Columbia University. OHRO director Mary Marshall Clark chairs a panel discussion on “Living Memories of Guantánamo.” Full conference information is available here. Click the pull-down menu at the upper right for a full agenda, and to RSVP (appreciated but not required).
MAY 3 (TUES)
ORAL HISTORY MASTER’S STUDENT THESIS PRESENTATIONS, students in the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) program at Columbia speak about their research, over a light dinner, cake, and celebratory drinks. An exciting array of thesis topics will be presented. The public is welcome. Room 801 at Columbia University International Affairs Building. More info here. Campus map. Google map.
JUNE 14 (TUES), 7:00-9:00pm
“WHAT WE LEARNED: CONDUCTING THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 NARRATIVE AND MEMORY PROJECT,” a presentation by Peter Bearman and Mary Marshall Clark, co-investigators of CCOH’s 9/11 project and co-editors of the forthcoming book “After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years that Followed.” 801 International Affairs Building. Campus map. Google map. More info here.
JUNE 16 (THURS), 7:00-9:00pm
“THEY SAY IN HARLAN COUNTY: THIRTY YEARS OF DOING ORAL HISTORY IN EASTERN KENTUCKY,” a presentation by leading oral historian Alessandro Portelli, a founder and core faculty member of CCOH’s Summer Institute, and the author, most recently, of “They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History.” 523 Butler Library. Campus map. Google Map. More info here.
JUNE 21 (TUES), 7:00-9:00pm
“DETAINED WITHOUT CAUSE: MUSLIMS’ STORIES OF DETENTION AND DEPORTATION IN AMERICA AFTER 9/11,” a book talk by Irum Shiekh. Her book, “Detained Without Cause,” is an in-depth exploration of six Muslim immigrants in the United States who were swept up in post-9/11 repression. 801 International Affairs Building. Campus map. Google map. More info here.
JUNE 28 (TUES), 6:30-8:00pm
“AIDS IN ORAL HISTORY: DOCTORS AND ACTIVISTS LOOK BACK ON 30 YEARS OF THE EPIDEMIC,” a public discussion featuring Jim Hubbard, co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health professor Gerald Oppenheimer, co-author of AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic, and Shattered Dreams? An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic. Co-sponsored by CCOH and the NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library. Mid-Manhattan Library, at 40th Street and 5th Avenue. Map. More info here.
OCTOBER 14-15 (FRI-SAT)
“INJURED CITIES: URBAN AFTERLIVES,” a conference on urban traumas and their legacies. Takes place at Columbia University. CCOH has several sessions on its oral histories on the long-term effects of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Check back later for more information.
NOVEMBER 8 (TUES)
“United in Anger: Historicizing ACT UP,” a public workshop by ACT UP Oral History Project co-directors Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman on their interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash to Power, a group that was formed in 1987 to raise public consciousness about the evolving epidemic. 6:00-8:00pm in room 801 of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University.Map. More info here.
OCTOBER 25 (TUES)
A public talk with Voices of Rwanda founder Taylor Krauss and the FALL 2011 OPEN HOUSE for the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA).Krauss will discuss his work in recording and preserving the testimonies of survivors of genocide and OHMA faculty and staff will be on hand with prospective students to discuss the program. 6:00-8:00pm in room 801 of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University. Map. More info here.
NOVEMBER 22 (TUES)
“How Oral History Can Facilitate Movement,” a public workshop with American University professor and author of Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland Dan Kerr, focusing on his work with the Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project. Kerr will examine how oral history research can move beyond professional and academic aims and actively facilitate social change. Community organization members outside of Columbia University are especially encouraged to attend. 6:00-8:00pm in room 801 of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University.Map. More info here.
December 6 (TUES)
“The Tool of History: Scribe Video Center’s Community History Projects,” a public workshop by award-winning filmmaker, MacArthur fellow, and founder of Scribe Video Center Louis Massiah. He will discuss how communities are defined by common histories and the specific methodology developed at Scribe to create community history media projects. 6:00-8:00pm in room 801 of the International Affairs Building at Columbia University. Map.
December 8 (THURS)
“50 Years: Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Advocacy,” co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research and the Columbia Center for Oral History. Panelists will reflect upon the history of AI-USA’s campaigns and strategies and discuss current advocacy and work. 3:00-6:30pm in room John Greene Hall at Columbia Law School.Map.
January 24 (TUES)
“Journey of an Interviewer,” a public workshop by Oral History Productions founder Elisabeth Pozzi-Thanner. Elisabeth will speak on her past and current work in the US and Austria, as well as chronicle her path to becoming an oral historian. Columbia Law School, 701 (Case Lounge) on the 7th Floor of Jerome Green Hall. 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Google Map. Campus Map.
OCT 4 (TUES)
“We’d Rather Not Be on the Rolls of Relief”: Folk Music as/and Oral History: Civic Engagement Through Songs, Documentary Photographs, and Voices from the Depression and New Deal is a multimedia workshop by oral historian Michael Frisch and a performance by the 198 String Band. This workshop will explore the folks’ music “as” oral history, as well as the resonances between performed music and oral history in a multi-media format. The event will be from 6-8 PM in Room 602, Northwest Corner Building at the Morningside Heights Campus, 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Google Map, Campus Map.
OCT 18 (THURS)
Learning From the Old School: Oral History and Historical Production in New York City’s Squatting Communities is a public presentation and workshop by Oral Historian, Amy Starecheski. Starecheski will compare three very different contexts in which activists talk about the past with the aim of promoting and supporting new activist projects. Starecheski is the Associate Director of the Oral History MA Programat Columbia University. She is also a former squatter, and is completing a PhD in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She consults and lectures widely on oral history education and methods, and is co-author of the Telling Lives Oral History Curriculum Guide. 6-8 PM. Room 602, Northwest Corner Building at the Morningside Heights Campus, 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Google Map, Campus Map.
SEPT 18 (TUES)
A book talk with editors Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening and the FALL 2012 OPEN HOUSE for the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA). Brodzinsky and Schoening will discuss their latest book, “Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced By Violence” and OHMA faculty and alumni will be on hand with prospective students to discuss the program. 6:30-8:00pm at the Jerome Greene Annex at the Columbia Law School. 410 West 117th Street NY, NY 10027. Google Map, Campus Map.
NOV 1 (THURS)
[CANCELLED] Surfacing Solutions: Using Oral History to Find New Solutions to Intimate Violence is a workshop by Alisa del Tufo, who has been using oral history as a method of finding new ways to address the complex issues of intimate partner and domestic violence since 1991. Her policy and legislative efforts have resulted in federal, state and local reforms including the establishment of a 3 million dollar fund for housing support for women survivors of violence and children, changes in criminal justice, child welfare and health reform. 6-8 PM. Room 602, Northwest Corner Building at the Morningside Heights Campus, 550 W 120th Street NY, NY. Google Map, Campus Map.
NOV 15 (THURS)
Interviewing Interviewers about Interviewing: The Epistemology of Oral History by Andrea Dixon. In this talk, Dixon will explore the complexity of gathering reliable data or information from interview content. How do oral history interviewers know what is true or meaningful in their interviews, and how is this knowledge deployed as interviews are translated into other forms of content? Dixon is a graduate of the Oral History MA Program at Columbia University and a Communications PhD candidate at Columbia’a Journalism School. 6-8 PM. Room 602, Northwest Corner Building at the Morningside Heights Campus, 550 W 120th Street NY, NY. Google Map, Campus Map.