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[Video] Oral History and Public Health

On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the Columbia Center for Oral History in partnership with the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP), and Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars co-hosted the event, The Newtown Creek Community Health and Harms Narrative Project: Oral History and Public Health.  The event was part of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series and an Open House for the OHMA Program.

The event started with a Q&A session between Suzanne Snider and the current OHMA students about her work as a writer and an oral historian.  In addition to teaching at the New School University, Snider is also the founder and director of Oral History Summer School. She has worked as an interviewer for Columbia University’s Center for Oral History, the New York Academy of Medicine, HBO Productions, and the Prison Public Memory Project among others.

During the Q&A session, students asked Snider about how she got her start in the field of oral history.  She spoke about getting her MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia, but it was in fact, an Oral History course that led her to fall in love with the field and eventually to pursue a career in it.  She then presented on her latest project, which focused on documenting the public health concerns of individuals residing in communities along Newtown Creek in New York City.  Snider spoke about some of the major problems encountered during the course of the project as well as the online mapping and social networking platform, Habitat Map, which was instrumental in her approach and methodology to give voice to community members who had been impacted by their polluted environment.

As part of the Open House for the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA), the event also included a short introduction by the Director of OHMA, Mary Marshall Clark, and comments from an alumna of the program, Kristen LaFollette and the Associate Director of OHMA, Amy Starecheski.

Post by OHMA student Maye Saephanh

Spring Workshop Series Schedule Now Available!

We are delighted with the success and overwhelming response to our fall oral history workshop series, which featured presentations by Michael Frisch and the 198 String Band, Voice of Witness book editors Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening, oral historian Suzanne Snider, Oral History Master of Arts Program alum Andrea Dixon and many more. We are now gearing up for an exciting spring semester in our series that is funded through the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series for programming that embodies the late Professor’s commitment to improving methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance. The series is co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) and the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA). All of our workshops are free and open to the public and will explore the myriad of ethical and practical issues raised by the practice of oral history in the different disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.

Thank you for your continued interest and support, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: SPRING 2013

January 31, 2013
Alisa del Tufo, Social Reformer
Surfacing Solutions: Using Oral History to Find New Solutions to Intimate Violence
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: Columbia University, Northwest Corner Building, Room 602, 550 West 120th Street, 6th floor. Enter campus at 120th Street and Broadway. Campus Map. [More Information]

February 14, 2013
Doug Boyd, Director of the Louis B. Nunn Oral History Center
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.

February 21, 2013
Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman, Voice of Witness Publication Series
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.

March 14, 2013
Lillian Jiménez, Filmmaker
Uncovering Hidden Histories: The Making of Antonia Pantoja: ¡Presente!
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.

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. Location: TBD

April 25, 2013
Jennifer Scott, Vice Director/Director of Research, Weeksville Heritage Center
Movement Creates Museum: the Activist Beginnings of Weeksville Heritage Center
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm. Location: TBD

As always, you can find our videos of our lectures on our YouTube Channel and iTunes U.

ORAL HISTORY OPEN HOUSE AND LECTURE, Thurs., December 6 AT COLUMBIA

The Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP), and Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars, as part of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, Present:

THE NEWTOWN CREEK COMMUNITY HEALTH AND
HARMS NARRATIVE PROJECT: 

ORAL HISTORY AND PUBLIC HEALTH (WITH OPEN HOUSE PRESENTATION)

WHO: Suzanne Snider is a writer and oral historian. She has worked as an interviewer for Columbia University’s Center for Oral History, the New York Academy of Medicine, HBO Productions, the Newtown Creek Community Health and Harms Narrative Project, and the Prison Public Memory Project, among others. She teaches at the New School University and is the founder/director of Oral History Summer School.

WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia Law School, 701 (Case Lounge) on the 7th Floor of Jerome Greene Hall. 435 W 116th Street NY, NY 10027. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Google Map. Campus Map.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: The Oral History Master of Arts program (OHMA) and Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars present Suzanne Snider who will discuss 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. The Newtown Creek Community Health and Harms Narrative Project engaged oral historians, social scientists, information designers, community activists, and residents (These categories were not mutually exclusive). This project was initiated by Rachael Weiss and Michael Heimbinder; Snider participated in this project as an oral history consultant and community trainer. What connected all participants was Newtown Creek, an estuary that separates Brooklyn and Queens. Over the last 100 years, Exxon Mobil has dumped or leaked between 17 and 30 million gallons of oil into the creek. A disproportionate number of area residents suffer from rare forms of cancer.

There will also be a presentation from faculty and alumni about the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA), an interdisciplinary program in the field of oral history that focuses on interviewing methodologies and interpretive methods.

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), and the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars, and the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP). 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