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Join us for Our 2014-2015 Workshop Series: Oral History, Medicine, and Health

Fall 2014 Oral History Workshop Series: Oral History, Medicine, and Health

This academic year in our public workshop series, in partnership with the Program in Narrative Medicine, the Oral History MA Program at Columbia University will be exploring the intersections of oral history, health and medicine. As public health professionals experiment with using oral history to access new realms of knowledge about health and social life, practitioners of narrative medicine deploy oral history to engage with patients, and oral historians partner with people with disabilities, dementia, and mental illness to record and amplify their stories, the time is right for an in-depth multidisciplinary engagement of the productive areas where these fields meet.

Full schedule and descriptions

All Events are Free and Open to the Public
Campus Map.

September

Sam Robson. “Oral History Meets Dementia: A Staged Reading of the Play Timothy and Mary.”

Thursday, September 11, 6-8pm, The Faculty House at Columbia University, Seminar Room One.

Luke Gerwe. “Seeking Witness: Voice of Witness and Building an Oral History Network.”

Thursday, September 18, 6-8pm, Room 509, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor.

October

Teiji Okamoto. “A Radical Archive of Be(long)ing.”

Thursday, October 2, 6-8pm, Room 509, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor.

Sayantani DasGupta. “Narrative Humility: Medical Listening and Oral History.”

Thursday, October 16, 6-8pm, Room 509, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor.

November

Brian Purnell. ” Can the Oral Historian Speak?

Thursday, November 6, 6-8pm, Room 509, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor.

Nicki Berger. “Oral History and Intellectual Disability: Navigating Authority, Authorship, and Advocacy.

Thursday, November 13, 6-8pm, Room 509, Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor.

Stay posted for upcoming events in the Spring!

Feb. 5: Ann Cvetkovich. “After Depression: Reflections on Oral and Written Personal Narrative as Archive of Feelings.”

Feb. 12: Joanne Ahola. “Finding the Contours of Torture.”

Feb. 26: Christopher Sellers. “Stories of Environmental Danger: A Collective
Approach.”

Mar. 5: Kathy Davis. “Bodies, Embodiment, and the Experience of Passion: What Tango Dancers Can Teach Us.”

Mar. 12: Lynda Crane and Tracy McDonough. “Oral History with Vulnerable Populations: The Schizophrenia Oral History Project.

Mar. 26: Ron Doel. “Oral History and the History of Science and Medicine.”

Apr. 2: Alessandro Portelli. “Stories I Skipped: Narratives of Care, Narratives of War.

Apr. 16: Ynestra King. “Listening with the Whole Body in Mind Feminist Oral History Project.”

Apr. 30: Aline Gubrium and Elizabeth L. Krause.”Digital Storytelling as Narrative Shock: New Views on Young Parenting Latinas, Migration, and Family.

Please refer to oralhistory.columbia.edu for updated information, or email Amy Starecheski, Associate Director of OHMA, at aas39(at)columbia.edu.

Wednesday, June 18 at 2pm: Love, Literature & Oral History: A Public Interview with Dr. Farah Griffin

Love, Literature and Oral History:
Transmitting our Stories

A Public Interview with Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah GriffinThe Center for Oral History Research/INCITE (Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics) and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies presents a public interview with Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English & Comparative Literature and African American Studies, as a part of its 2014 Oral History Institute, “ Second Generation Memories and Stories.” The interview, which will focus on the power of love and the transmission of memory in African American communities, will be conducted by Janée Moses and Dr. Marcellus Blount will provide response.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2:00-4:30pm.

WHERE: Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room 509, 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor. Campus Map.

Farah Jasmine Griffin is a professor of English and comparative literature and African American Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research in African American studies. In addition to editing several collections of letters and essays she is the author of Who Set You Flowin’: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday (Free Press, 2001) and Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008).

Marcellus Blount, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Co-Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, teaches American and African American literary and cultural studies at Columbia University. He has been a Research Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, a Visiting Fellow at Wesleyan’s Center for Afro-American Studies, a Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Visiting Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. He has published essays in PMLA, Callaloo, American Literary History, and Southern Review. He co-edited Representing Black Men with George Cunningham. His first study is entitled “In a Broken Tongue: Rediscovering African American Poetry.” His current project is entitled Listening for My Name: African American Men and the Politics of Friendship. He was the Sterling Brown ’22 Visiting Professor of English at Williams College.

Janée A. Moses is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan in the American Culture Program. In May 2014, she earned a Master of Arts in Oral History from Columbia University. Her thesis, It matters whom she loves: An Oral History of the Life and Works of Amina Baraka, excavates the history of Black women participants of the Black Arts Movement and the importance of knowing whom they loved. In 2012, Moses earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on 20th century American cultural history, women’s history, African American history, gender studies, literary studies, and love. Oral history remains her primary method in pursuit of re-examining history in order to advance our understanding of the present.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Terrell Frazier at terrellfrazier@columbia.edu or visit incite.columbia.edu.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

May 1 at 5pm: Social Hall: An Oral History Exhibit

The Social Hall: an Oral History Exhibit
Produced and curated by Columbia University’s OHMA Students

Please join us to celebrate our exploration of oral history-based projects

WHEN:     Thursday, May 1, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Social Hall
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway (at 121st Street)
New York, New York 10027

ADMISSION: Free

Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts 2014 Cohort is proud to present “Social Hall,” an exhibition of complex projects that both challenge and advance the field of oral history. By considering multimedia applications and social presentations, we wish to introduce a new audience to the field and to share its significance in our world, both past and present.

“Social Hall” is made up of individual projects that address a wide range of topics, including Argentina’s struggle for memory in a post-dictatorship society, a woman’s journey from Fort Mojave Indian Tribe to Yale University, the explorations of a scrap diver, definition of community in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and a documentary on Black men during the era of Black Power and Black Nationalism. These projects are connected through their dependence on oral history and their engagement with living individuals, our narrators.  All projects in this exhibit were developed by OHMA students.

ABOUT OHMA

The Oral History Master of Arts is the first program of its kind: a one-yearinterdisciplinary Master of Arts degree training students in oral history method and theory.  Jointly run by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research, one of the preeminent oral history centers in the world, and INCITE, a lively hub for interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, OHMA connects students with the intellectual resources of a major research university, and with the intimate society of a small cohort of talented students.May 1 Flyer

Luisa Passerini, Living Archives: Continuity and Innovation in the Art of Memory, 4/1 at 6PM


Living Archives:
Continuity and Innovation in the Art of Memory

WHO: Luisa Passerini is Part-time Professor at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Visiting Professor at Columbia University, NY, NY; former Professor of Cultural History from the University of Turin, Italy; and Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Project “Bodies Across Borders. Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond.” Among her recent books: Women and Men in Love. European Identities in the Twentieth Century (2012); Sogno di Europa (2009); Memory and Utopia. The primacy of Intersubjectivity (2007); Europe in Love, Love in Europe (1999); Autobiography of a Generation. Italy 1968, (1996); Fascism in Popular Memory (1987).


WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm.

WHERE: Columbia University, Knox Hall, Room 509, 550 West 606 West 122nd Street, 5th floor.

The term “living archives” was at the center of a debate on the purpose and method of oral history in the 1970s, concerning particularly the nature of the interview and the relationship between the past and the present. The first part of the talk will deal with the implications of this debate and with the
changes in the meaning of “living archives” that took place in the following decades until the present, especially in the light of the history of the
senses. A second part of the talk will focus on the complementary nature of oral and visual memory, including notes from the fieldwork of the ongoing
research project directed by the speaker, “Bodies Across Borders. Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond” (sponsored by the European Research Council). Examples of forms of visual memory will be shown and commented, within the framework of the concept of intersubjectivity understood as
intercorporeality.

SPONSORS: This talk is part of the “Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series,” co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) and the  Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA). Support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) is provided for programming that embodies late Professor Paul Lazarsfeld’s commitment to improving methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Terrell Frazier at terrellfrazier@columbia.edu

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Upcoming Workshop: Movement Creates Museum, 4/25 at 6PM

The Columbia Center for Oral History, the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, the MA in Museum Anthropology, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies Present:

Movement Creates Museum:
The Activist Beginnings of Weeksville Heritage Center

WHO: Jennifer Scott is an Anthropologist, Public Historian, and Curator. She serves as the Vice Director/Director of Research at Weeksville Heritage Center, a historic house museum specializing in innovative study and applications of history, culture, the arts and civic engagement. An oral historian, she spearheads Weeksville’s oral history project, conducts oral history workshops, and has served on oral history advisory boards, including StoryCorps Griot.

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm.

WHERE: Columbia University, Northwest Corner Building, Room 602, 550 West 120th Street, 6th floor. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Campus Map.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Scott will be discussing the role and possibilities of oral history for understanding activism and social change in the founding and expansion of a public history center. Weeksville Heritage Center’s (WHC) oral history program began in the 1970s alongside the rediscovery and reclamation of a “lost” history. Founded in 1972 in Brooklyn, WHC currently consists of the historic Hunterfly Road Houses, three nineteenth century wood-frame residential structures that have been restored and opened to the public. Through research, tours, exhibitions and programs, WHC interprets the forgotten history of Weeksville, a free black, intentional, land-owning community, which established its own schools, churches, anti-slavery organizations, and operated as a safe space for African Americans in the greater New York area throughout the 19th century.

SPONSORS: This talk is part of the “Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series,” co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH), Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA), the MA in Museum Anthropology, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) is provided for programming that embodies late Professor Paul Lazarsfeld’s commitment to improving methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Terrell Frazier at terrellfrazier@columbia.edu

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Conference: Oral History and Our Times, May 1-2

May 1-2, 2013
A-TWO-DAY CONFERENCE

ORAL HISTORY AND OUR TIMES



Free & Open to the Public

The Columbia Center for Oral History [CCOH], of the Columbia Libraries, and the Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], through INCITE’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, are hosting a two-day conference exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and the public about the central events and concerns of our times — featuring the Rule of Law Oral History Project and impact of U.S. detention and rendition policies over the last decade. The conference will also survey the impact of Columbia’s path-breaking Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], the first program of its kind in the U.S., now in its fifth year. The conference gathers leading experts in the fields of oral history, human rights, and the arts.

The first day of the conference, May 1st, will conclude with a keynote (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) by Stephen Soldz, Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and public activist. Soldz will discuss the uses and impact of psychological torture on those held at Guantanamo and other black sites, and the impact of condoning torture on democracy.

The second day of the conference, May 2nd, will feature a presentation on the WKCR/Center for Jazz Studies Oral History Project. Brent Edwards, a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the co-director of the Project (with Ben Young, the director of WKCR, the Columbia University radio station), will discuss the issues raised by oral history in the performing arts and the   unique approach of the Project, which involves the extensive use of archival material (including recordings, date books, programs, and flyers) in the oral history process.

In connection with this conference, there will be interactive oral history workshops May 2 from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m., taught by OHMA students and alumni, free to the public. Register now for a workshop to reserve your spot.

PROGRAM

Wednesday, May 1, 2013: [Buell Hall, East Gallery, 1st floor, 515 West 116th Street]

10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.  |  Panel I –  Bearing Witness: The Detainee Experience

Introduction by Terrell Frazier, Education and Outreach Director, Columbia Center for Oral History

Daniel Heyman, Artist, Rhode Island School of Design
Gerry Albarelli, Interviewer, Columbia Center for Oral History
Louis Massiah, Filmmaker, Scribe Video Center
Steven Reisner, Psychologist, President-Elect, Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Screening: Video Selections from the Rule of Law Oral History Project

Moderator: Liz Ševčenko, Director, Guantánamo Public Memory Project, Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights

11:45a.m. – 1:00p.m.  |  Lunch

1:00p.m. – 2:45p.m.  |  Panel II – Outside the Rule of Law: Illuminating Struggles for Justice

Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights
Pardiss Kebriaei, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Ron Grele, Director Emeritus, Columbia Center for Oral History
Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Moderator: David Briand, Rule of Law Project Coordinator, Columbia Center for Oral History

3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.  |  Panel III – Secrecy and the Right to Know: Oral History and our Times

Nathaniel Raymond, Human Rights Investigator
Mary Marshall Clark, Interviewer
Carol Rosenberg, Journalist, The Miami Herald
Moderator: Peter Bearman, Jonathan Cole Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.  |  Keynote Address – Psychologists and Torture: Denial and the Corruption of Civil Society

Stephen Soldz, Professor, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis



Thursday, May 2, 2013
: [Buell Hall, East Gallery, 1st floor, 515 West 116th Street]

10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.  | Sounding the Archive: Notes on Jazz Oral History

Introduction by Mary Marshall Clark, Director, Columbia Center for Oral History

Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

12:15p.m. – 1:45p.m

(Note: Pre-registration was required. Guests are welcome to sign up on standby list at registration table in the lobby.)

Public Workshop I — by Lauren Taylor
Convergences and Divergences of Oral History and Psychotherapy

This workshop will examine the convergences and divergences of oral history and psychotherapy. Public and private themes will be explored in a sociocultural context, with a focus on trauma interviewing. Participants will learn how narrative may be developed to therapeutic effect in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings.

Public Workshop II — by Marie Scatena
Designing Oral History Projects: What is the message, why is it important and who got it?

This workshop goes through the steps of planning an oral history project with attention to backward design. We’ll explore how the original intention of the collecting effort is reflected in tangible and intangible outcomes.

Public Workshop III — by Sewon Christina Chung
Stories Beyond Digital Tools

Explore the world of interactive web technology, and gain hands-on experience utilizing new storytelling platforms and social media outlets for oral history.

2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.  |  Oral History Dialogues

Intersubjectivity in Oral History, Social Work, and Psychology: OHMA alum Lauren Taylor in conversation with Columbia Center for Oral History Director Mary Marshall Clark.

Oral History, Environmental Studies, and Community: OHMA alum Shanna Farrell in conversation with NYC Department of Sanitation Anthropologist-in-Residence Robin Nagle

Oral History, Art Criticism, and Contested Memory: OHMA alum Jeanmarie Theobalds in conversation with Michele Saliola, Director of Programs at the Judd Foundation

4:30p.m. – 6:00p.m.  |  Multimedia Oral History Showcase and Reception

Please join us for this multimedia showcase of current Oral History MA student thesis work in video, audio, online and edible forms. Celebrate OHMA’s 5th Anniversary and our graduating students with us at a wine and cheese reception while exploring our students’ work via interactive stations.

Reem Aboukhater, Pursuing Happiness in Urban Society
Nicki Pombier-Berger, About Us.
Ellen Brooks, Stories of the Skin
Sewon Chung, Listening to Central Park North: An Interactive Oral History Mapping Project
Ellen Coon, Mha Puja
Hana Crawford, How I Learned to Act: An Oral History of Social Performance
Erica Fugger, Sangha Stories: Tales of Engaged Buddhism from the Upper West Side
Miriam Laytner, Brooklyn Storytellers
Kyana Moghadam, A Country Between
Sam Robson, Conversations with Very Forgetful People
Maye Saephanh, A Guerilla’s Journey
Elisabeth Sydor, I. Love. America.
Sara Wolcott, Apagie Musha Oral History Project

Sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History [CCOH] and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, of the Columbia Libraries, the Oral History Master of Arts program, through INCITE’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, Columbia Maison Francaise, and The Heyman Center for the Humanities.