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Oral History: An Introduction (Burlington)

  • The Generator Makerspace 40 Sears Lane Burlington, VT, 05401 United States (map)

Do you have an interview project in mind but don’t quite know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is offering Oral History: An Introduction to help you move your project forward. Join us on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at The Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears Ln, Burlington, VT 05401.

Oral History: An Introduction combines discussion of the theories and methods that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class includes a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the interview process. Attendees will also work as teams to conduct interviews using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.

From the perspective of ethnographic research, an interview offers the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of another person. The premise of our interview methodology is that everyone is the foremost authority on their own life, and an interview offers the opportunity to capture a person’s experience in their own words and on their own terms.

Led by Vermont Folklife Center Director of Archives and Research Andy Kolovos, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview findings.

Workshop attendees will also have ongoing access to Vermont Folklife Center staff for consultation as they later undertake their own oral history, ethnographic, and qualitative research projects.

Oral History: An Introduction is offered in partnership with Generator Makerspace. Tuition is $95 ($55/students). You may also register by calling the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964.

If you cancel up to seven days before the event, we will issue a refund minus a $10 fee.

This workshop is a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Cultural Sustainability Institute series.  Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience in the present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future.