Save the Date! Oral History Workshop

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Save the Date! OHMAR/IEHS Fall Workshop
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Friday, September 15th, 2017
How do you conduct an oral history interview? What does it take to design and implement an oral history project? What adjustments are needed when you are interviewing immigrants? We’ll address these questions and more at Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR)’s Fall Workshop, sponsored by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS), with Monmouth University as our host sponsor. Join us for an interactive exploration of the oral historian’s basic toolkit, with an additional focus on how to handle issues that arise when interviewing immigrants. Whether you have a definite plan to work with immigrants or just want to know what to do if one of your narrators turns out to be an immigrant, our workshop is for you! Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Registration opens August 1, 2017 and space is limited. Stay tuned to 

Any questions? Contact Anne Rush at or Melissa Ziobro at

Workshop Outline:

9:00-9:30 Introductions (Coffee & Snacks will be provided)

  • What is Oral History?
  • The Oral History Process
  • Do Immigrants Change the Process?

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break (on your own)

  • Practicing Oral History with Immigrants (includes Breakout Sessions)
  • How to Move Forward (Practical, Legal & Ethical Considerations)

2:45-3:00 Conclusion

Samuel Hays Magill Commons
Club Dining Room
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Map & Directions to Monmouth University:

Monmouth University Dining Options:

The Rebecca Stafford Student Center offers Dunkin Donuts, Jersey Mike’s, pizza, and more: many options to suit your palate and your price point! There is also an all-you-can-eat buffet available for $12.10 per person at the Magill Commons Dining Hall.

Workshop leaders & facilitators:

Abigail Perkiss is an Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, NJ. She is trained in U.S. history, oral history, twentieth century urban culture, African American history, public history, and legal history.  Her first book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia (Cornell University Press, 2014), examines the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the latter half of the twentieth century. As well as being OHMAR’s Vice President, she is the incoming managing editor of the Oral History Review, and a member of the Reacting to the Past Consortium Editorial Board. She also directs “Staring out to Sea: The Story of Superstorm Sandy in Three Bayshore Communities,” an oral history project documenting the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in three neighborhoods along the Sandy Hook Bay (

Anne Spry Rush is a Lecturer in History at the University of Maryland, College Park Her interests include oral history, the modern British Empire, citizenship, the history of lawlessness, and post-1945 immigration.  She has been involved in oral history work since she investigated the lives of Caribbean migrants to Britain and the United States for her book Bonds of Empire. West Indians and Britishness from Victoria to Decolonization(Oxford University Press, 2011). At UMD Rush teaches oral history and immigration classes in which students interview immigrants from all over the world who reside in the DC Metro Area. She coordinates their contributions to the “Immigrant Voices” Oral History Project at the university’s Center for Global Migration Studies (

Nicholas Trajano Molnar is Assistant Professor of History at the Community College of Philadelphia. In addition to teaching and other activities he coordinates the “Philly Stories” Student Oral History Archive ( He is author of the recently published American Mestizos, the Philippines, and the Malleability of Race, 1898-1961 (University of Missouri, 2017). Molnar serves as the Digital Humanities Officer of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS).

Melissa Ziobro is the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University, where she teaches courses in Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management, coordinates the University’s Public History minor, and administers the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Melissa also serves on OHMAR’s board and is the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Publications include her most recent article on Colonel William Blair, father of American Aircraft Detection Radar, in On Point: The Journal of Army History. She has worked with many public history organizations including the Monmouth County Park System, Info Age Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, and the National Guard Militia Museum of NJ.