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Feb. 1 | Writing and Listening for the Intersubjective Encounter

  • Knox Hall Room 509, Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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WHEN: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

WHERE: 606 W 122nd Street, Knox Hall 509, Columbia University

Please visit our YouTube page for a recording of this event!

Using her multimedia book project Still.Life. - Intersecting Histories as a starting point, Nyssa Chow will discuss the process of translating the oral history encounter into prose, audio and portraiture. This lecture will engage the question — What do we need to know to understand the experience of another? — We will consider ways to listen for the answer in the oral history interview.

Nyssa Chow is a writer, new media storyteller and educator. She is a professor at S.U.N.Y. Purchase teaching writing for film, and theories of meaning creation in narrative works. As the former Teaching Fellow at Columbia University OHMA, she worked to help students bring the practice of oral history and narrative storytelling together. In her public talks she often emphasizes the importance bringing the human experience into historical scholarship, and the importance of engaging in public facing work.

She is a graduate of the Columbia University’s MFA program, and the Columbia University Oral History Masters Program. Her most recent project Still.Life. - Intersecting Histories won the Columbia University Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award. She’s a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Toms Fellowship, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award. She was the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Grant, and in 2014, she won the Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting.

This event is part of a yearlong series on Oral History and the Arts and co-sponsored by the Brooklyn College Listening Project.  

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Amy Starecheski at

This event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

No registration is required, but RSVPs on the event Facebook page are appreciated to gauge attendance.