OHMA Spring Virtual Open House -- January 20, 2022

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Register now for OHMA's virtual open house, 9-11 a.m., January 20, 2022.

Open House Includes:

  • An information session

  • Presentation by OHMA Alum: Francine D. Spang-Willis

  • A mini-interviewing workshop, taught by OHMA Director Amy Starecheski

Prospective students are also welcome to meet with the OHMA director, Dr. Amy Starecheski. Please send us an email (ohma@columbia.edu) to connect.

Can't join us live? Watch a recorded open house here.

Alumni Presentation by Francine D. Spang-Willis

Francine D. Spang-Willis is an oral historian and educator based in Bozeman, Montana. She is of Cheyenne, Pawnee, and settler descent.

Spang-Willis graduated from OHMA in 2021. She also holds a master of arts in Native American Studies from Montana State University. Her thesis, "Becoming Wild Again in America: The Restoration and Resurgence of the Pablo-Allard Bison Herd," was cited as a thesis of exceptional distinction in the OHMA program's 2021 Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History competition.

As the owner of Appearing Flying Woman Consulting, LLC, she collaborates with diverse organizations, communities, and individuals on oral history and community-centered projects. Diverse organizations have invited her to share her knowledge and expertise on oral tradition, oral history, project design, settler colonialism processes, Cheyenne leadership, and bison and land recovery and restoration. She also has had diverse roles in higher education, the US federal government, and the nonprofit sector.

Spang-Willis was the American Indian Tribal Histories Project (AITHP) Director at the Western Heritage Center in Billings, Montana, from 2003 to 2009. She and the AITHP team collaborated with Northern Cheyenne, Crow, and Chippewa Cree narrators to amplify, share, and preserve Indigenous history and culture through storytelling as an oral history tradition and oral history method.

In 2021, Spang-Willis was elected to serve on the Oral History Association's (OHA) Nominating Committee. She also serves as a co-chair on the OHA's Diversity Committee and a member of the OHMA program's Anti-Oppression and Oral History Workshop Series Advisory Board. Furthermore, she is part of the Leadership Advisory Council for the Indigenous Chicago Project at the Newberry Library. She also serves on the Humanities Montana, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, and the WildEarth Guardians Board of Directors.

These events are open to all. You can use this quick survey to let us know how we could make these events more accessible for you. Note that we are able to provide ASL interpretation for any event but need two weeks notice. Please contact Rebecca McGilveray at rlm2203@columbia.edu with specific access requests or questions.