After 9/11: Reflections on Post Trauma Oral Histories

Last March, I presented at the 2018 OHMAR conference with retired New York City firefighter Keith Murphy. We wanted to share our experiences and discuss the risks and rewards in documenting post-traumatic oral histories as it related to the conference theme Vulnerable Voices: Power and

The South Side Voices Project and Communal Listening

When I moved to Pittsburgh at the tail end of a particularly bitter winter in 2012, I’d describe my new home to my West Coast friends as having a “Portland vibe” because of its proximity to water and multitudes of neighborhoods. Now that I consider myself local-ish, I realize how many

The Archive of Immigrant Voices

Recently I sat down with Kate Keane, the Director of University of Maryland’s Center for Global Migration Studies to talk with her about the Center’s Archive of Immigrant Voices.  Established in 2012 to house interviews with immigrants to the United States, the archive currently contains 79

Oral History, Data, and Communities

Oral histories and everyday experiences don’t often come to mind when we think of data. Data usually refers to the quantitative scientific measurements that point towards an objective truth. By contrast, human experiences are often seen as subjective, misleading, and an unreliable source of

Tracking Sandy Exhibit

I am not the common history major, at least not at Monmouth University. As a South American immigrant, English is not my first language and I have only been exposed to American history beginning my sophomore year of high school. This means I’ve spent significantly less time learning it than

Immigrants & Oral History

Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) and the Immigrant and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) presented a workshop at Monmouth University on September 15th, 2017 that left the attendees ready to dig into their own projects. Professor Melissa Ziobro of Monmouth University hosted Anne Rush

Oral History – Not Just for History Majors

Being a first-year student can be intimidating and frightening. You might have no friends on campus, and if you commute, like me, it can be hard to make them. My point is that it can be scary, and it’s hard to get out there and make a name for yourself or participate at all, let […]

Perspectives at the OHMAR Annual Conference

At the end of April, I had the opportunity to attend the Friday session of the OHMAR 2017 annual conference “Oral History & the City” at Columbia University. Besides the fact that this was a unique conference itself from the astounding presentations to the genderless #RESISTANCE hats taped

Oral History at Opera Philadelphia

On September 16, 2017, Opera Philadelphia will premiere We Shall Not Be Moved, a new opera by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and director/choreographer Bill T. Jones. The production is an outgrowth of Hip H’opera, a partnership between Opera Philadelphia and