Oral History Training Institutes Summer 2019

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June 3, 2019 to July 19, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Oral History, Public History, Research and Methodology, Teaching and Learning, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology


The Center for Oral History at the Science History Institute will be hosting three oral history training institutes on the east coast this summer.

We will be in the following locations:

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC: June 3-7, 2019

Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA: July 8-12, 2019

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: July 15-19, 2019

We are proud to provide training to individuals interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies. For one week, instructors will work with scholars and researchers who are planning or have started research that has interviewing as a core component. During this week individuals are introduced to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology; interviewing techniques and performing mock interviews; legal and ethical issues; transcription practices; archiving; recording equipment and its use; data management; and other relevant topics. A portion of the week will be dedicated to interviewing skills and practice.

The Science History Institute has been conducting interviews for over thirty years, and is one of the only institutions in the United States to focus its work on oral histories of scientists. While the scope of the training workshop will focus through a STEM lens, individuals of all fields are welcome!

We encourage you to register early as space is limited. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer financial assistance to participants but student & faculty discounts are available. We encourage you to check with your home institutions about financial support. Participants will be provided a packet that includes a reader and word templates use by Institute staff throughout the interview process. Resources and schedule will be made available electronically to allow for preparation. 

For more information, please visit www.sciencehistory.org/OHTraining or contact Samantha Blatt, sblatt@sciencehistory.org

Contact Info: 

Samantha Blatt
Center for Oral History, Science History Institute