Free Short Course: Oral History Interviewing: From Research Design to Analysis


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Dates:      Monday, October 26, and Monday, November 2, 2015

Time:      1:00 - 5:00 pm, both days

Location:  Seminar room 270B, International Affairs Building

As a uniquely co-created primary source document or as an intersubjective and temporally dynamic method of qualitative research, oral history is a powerful research tool. This two-part workshop will introduce participants to the practice of oral history as a research method in the humanities and social sciences. Participants will get hands-on experiences in oral history interviewing and digital audio recording and will be supported to apply oral history methods to their own research questions. We will demonstrate software tools for transcribing, audio editing, and digital curation. 

Amy Starecheski is the Associate Director of the Oral History MA Program at Columbia University and received a PhD in cultural anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center. She consults and lectures widely on oral history education and methods, and is co-author of the Telling Lives Oral History Curriculum Guide. She was a lead interviewer on Columbia’s September 11, 2001 Narrative and Memory Project, for which she interviewed Afghans, Muslims, Sikhs, activists, low-income people, and the unemployed.  Starecheski is a member of the Core Working Group for Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, where she facilitates the Practitioner Support Network. Her book, Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.