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Oral History Skills for Researchers

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Date(s) - 03/27/2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Due to The Graduate Center’s coronavirus update, this workshop has been canceled. We will look to hold this event at some point in the future.

Room 3317.

What makes an oral history interview different from other kinds of interviews, and what does oral history have to offer graduate students and other researchers? Miriam Laytner, an oral historian and Mellon Public Humanities Fellow in the Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center, will show you how to use the tools and skills from oral history to develop a publicly engaged research project. This one-day workshop is designed for graduate students, practitioners, and researchers of all levels who are interested in incorporating skills and tools from oral history into their work. Participants will:

  • develop project ideas
  • create initial interview guides
  • learn how to create welcoming interview spaces
  • learn about active listening practices
  • conduct practice interviews with their peers

Participants are encouraged to bring a potential project idea with them to the workshop. Participants will leave this workshop with a new set of skills, examples of academic projects that incorporate oral histories, and a compilation of resources for further reading, training, project development and potential funding sources.

Space is limited. Please reserve your spot by booking below.


Miriam Laytner photoMiriam Laytner is a PhD student in cultural anthropology. She is interested in the intersections of science, faith, and the understanding of climate change. Her interest in climate change stems from six years as a scuba instructor and hiking guide across North America, Australia, and the Caribbean. She holds an MA in oral history from Columbia University, an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA in History from Barnard College.

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