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Heritage Collaborative: Oral History Workshop and Panel, March 28, 2014

Oral History Workshop and Panel Discussion

Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:00-4:30pm
125 Nolte Center (East Bank)

Oral history allows us to access the many voices of history, not just the more powerful or dominant voices traditionally found in the written record. Many people utilize oral history in diverse ways across multiple disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences. Oral history can be a meaningful way to engage individuals and communities to preserve and share their history.

Please join us for this two-part oral history workshop. In part one, participants will learn about the practical and ethical concerns involved in doing oral history. Participants will learn about every step of the process—from creating questions and consent forms to conducting interviews to transcription practices. Part two will feature a panel of scholars who come to the practice of oral history from diverse paths and use it in different ways. We will explore how and why oral history is an important methodology and how you can include oral history in your research. The workshop is free and open to the public.

1:00-2:30pm, Workshop on How To Do Oral History

Dominique Tobbell, University of Minnesota, History of Medicine
Barbara Sommer, Oral Historian, Independent Scholar

Download as: audio, podcast video, or original.

2:30-3:00 Break (light snacks and beverages provided)

3:00-4:30pm, Panel Discussion on Oral History Theory and Practice

Dominique Tobbell, University of Minnesota, History of Medicine
Barbara Sommer, Oral Historian, Independent Scholar
Peter Shea, Philosopher, Bat of Minerva Cable Show
Paul Hillmer, Concordia University, Director of the Hmong Oral History Project

Download as: audio, podcast video, or original.

Peter Shea has conducted interviews related to oral history with Andy Wilhide, Dominique Tobbell, Barbara Sommer, Paul Hillmer, and Mike Fortun. Other posts relating to oral history.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness
/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.
Cosponsored by the IAS Teaching Heritage Collaborative and the Heritage Studies and Public History Interdisciplinary Graduate Group.

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  1. Norm SetnickerJanuary 28, 2015 at 3:55 pmReply

    What is the procedure for an oral history of an immigrant family?
    Does a person from the IHRC ask the questions and do the video? Or is it somebody that is familiar with the system that IHRC uses when they do an oral history? I am from the Twin Cities Slovenians and would like to do a thorough oral history with the Medved family-One is the Honorary consul for the Republic of Slovenian and the other two brothers- one an attorney and the other an engineer graduated from the UM and were in refugee camps in Spittal Austria after WWII. Came to Minnesota 1950’s

    • Aaron Victorin-VangerudJanuary 28, 2015 at 6:27 pmReplyAuthor

      Are you interested in the IHRC’s procedures in particular, or are you concerned with oral history methods in general? If the former, all I can suggest is to contact them; if the latter, you could contact any of the speakers featured here.

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