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Online Introduction to Oral History Workshop - Baylor University

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites you to join its online, live audio workshop, "Getting Started with Oral History."  The interactive workshop will provide six hours of instruction on two consecutive Wednesdays in August—August 1 and 8, from 10:00 a.m. CDT to 1:00 p.m. CDT.  You may take part in the workshop from the convenience of your home or office computer via Cisco WebEx.

Re: Privacy concerns about access to student-conducted oral histories

I can certainly understand not wanting to make grades available, but I'm having trouble understanding why there would be an expectation of privacy on the part of an oral history interviewer, regardless of their status as a student. The standard for oral history is one of transparency, including the names of interviewer and narrator, except in unusual circumstances. In other words, what is it about the interviewers being students that assumes a right to privacy? And would they have a right to privacy in perpetuity?

Mary Kay Quinlan
University of Nebraska-Lincoln