Cultural Sustainability Workshop Regisration
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To register for workshops, please call the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964 or download the form above and mail or fax to:

Vermont Folklife Center
Cultural Sustainability Institute

88 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Fax: (802) 388-1844

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Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate Listening – Friday May 15, 2015, 10am-4pm.   $85.00
Instructors: Gregory L. Sharrow, VFC Director of Education and Andy Kolovos, VFC Archivist.

Oral history is a powerful tool for engaging with collective memory, identifying shared values, and understanding how human beings draw on the past to inform action in the present.

Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies interested in ethnographic interviewing for oral history research.

This class provides insight into the role of oral history in cultural sustainability, the theories underpinning oral history research, and hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class begins with a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the ethnographic interview process. Attendees will then work as teams to conduct interviews with invited guests using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.

Recording Audio for Ethnography and Oral History – Friday May 29, 2015, 10am-4pm.  $85.00
Instructor: Andy Kolovos, VFC Archivist.

Audio is a powerful medium for capturing human experience and human expression. In the context of cultural sustainability efforts, audio is an extremely useful tool for documenting local knowledge, exploring values and perceptions, and building resources for understanding and supporting cultural practices.

Intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning more about audio recording options, this class will provide a basic introduction to the use of contemporary digital audio recording equipment in the context of ethnographic and oral history interviews.

Attendees will receive a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording microphones, and the use of flash-memory based audio recorders. The workshop includes hands-on exercises with equipment in an actual interview setting. We will use the Marantz PMD660 for these exercises, but the fundamental skills demonstrated will be applicable to most currently available digital audio recorders. In addition to the use of this equipment, we will also cover the selection and purchase of professional digital audio recording gear.

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