2 New Oral History Workshops: Mini-Intensive & "Talking White"

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Oral History Summer School has two new workshops now open for registration. Both workshops are online via Zoom: 


December Mini-Intensive 

Tuesday, December 7 & Tuesday, December 14
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time Zone (New York) both days.

This two-day hands-on workshop––open to all––is based on our popular 10-day intensive, covering oral history theory, method and practice. Over the course of the two-day workshop, we'll address interview techniques, recording tutorials, ethics, memory, annotation and experimental outcomes. Come all ye documentarians, journalists, artists, media-makers, educators and those looking to learn new things in good company. No experience necessary. 


“Talking White”: An anti-oppression view towards transcribing Black narrators

Instructor: Alissa Rae Funderburk
Saturday, January 22, 11 AM to 6 PM ET/10 AM to 5 PM

Alissa Rae Funderburk will be presenting "Talking White," a workshop that explores useful concepts in the transcription of oral history to help us more accurately portray the voice of our narrators. The English language is inextricably linked to a history of colonialism and has been used in America to delegitimize the voices and agency of Black people (from forced illiteracy during slavery, to voter suppression during the Civil Rights Era, to even the halls of academia today). This workshop aims to change the way we think of the transcript as a record and the way we consider dialect and the importance of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) to recording American history and culture. We will look at linguistics, language justice, literature, and much more as we attempt to discern how best to preserve the voices of our narrators through the interview process and beyond.