OHAC Event | Working with the COVID-19 Archive

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The Columbia University student COVID-19 oral history collection has been processed and now we await its appearance in the oral history section of the Digital Library Collection.

Until they’re ready for use, join us for a series of workshops run by Journal of the Plague Year: A Covid-19 Archive (JOTPY). OHAC is co-sponsoring the workshops along with several global heritage institutions, universities and K-12 educators. You can register for the online workshops, which cover ethical and inclusive curation during COVID, interpreting and analyzing COVID-related oral histories as datasets, and the challenges from teaching with COVID oral history collections.

Toning Down and Tuning In: Addressing Archival Silences of Covid-19 Community Curation

Thurs. Oct. 8 at 12 noon (MST, AZ time)/ 3PM EDT via Zoom 

This workshop will include short presentations by a panel of experts and JOTPY partners whose work on underrepresented groups exposes silences in the archive and within the Covid-19 pandemic more generally. This is a great opportunity for educational communities to discuss how Covid-related social issues are magnified and replicated by community collection and curation.

Moving from Collecting to Interpreting and Analyzing Covid-19 Oral Histories

Thur. Nov. 5 at 1 pm AZ time/3pm EST via Zoom 

The Covid-19 Oral History Project has partnered with JOTPY to make Covid-19 oral histories available to the public. In this workshop, academics and oral historians Kathy Nasstrom, Jason M. Kelly, Stephen Sloan, Carmen Coury, Doug Boyd, and representatives from the VOCES project will discuss the process of interpreting and analyzing Covid-19 Oral Histories after collection.

Teaching the Covid-19 Archive

Tue. Nov. 17 at 1 pm AZ time/3pm EST via Zoom 

Educators from various backgrounds will gather to discuss the advantages, challenges, and methods of using JOTPY in the classroom. This is an excellent opportunity for instructors, at both the University level and K-12, to learn how to incorporate community collecting into their syllabi and lesson plans.