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Please join us for this online Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change class on Oral History Editing Theory & Practice.

Thursday, January 17th and Thursday, January 24th from 6 to 8 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Cost: $50 for Groundswell members, $75 non members

The two-session workshop is designed to help you tackle the editing component of your oral history project. The first session will focus on giving participants the tools to plan the editing portion of their oral history projects, including practical exercises, basic file management, and advice on structuring an editing project. The second class session will be a virtual demonstration of the free and open source audio editing software, Audacity.


Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz is a video artist, technologist, and activist who is committed to the power of story. They have worked on documentaries, non-fiction and experimental narratives, multi-channel video installation, archival video presentations, and oral history video production. Their video art is built by, about, and for televisions and computers. Helyx is fascinated by the ways in which we organize and process our information-saturated world and is currently the Technology Manager at the Media Mobilizing Project. Previously they were the Philadelphia Coordinator of the Transgender Oral History Project where they focused on gathering and archiving a diversity of Trans stories. Helyx holds a B.A. from Hampshire College where they studied Video, Education, and Cultural Studies. They are currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Drexel University.

Siyade Gemechisa is a independent media enthusiast and producer living in Baltimore, Maryland. She has worked throughout the United States and abroad with various communities to discuss the implications of corporate media consolidation and media ownership on individuals, communities and societies. She currently works at Johns Hopkins University as an Learning Consultant and holds a Masters in Instructional Design.

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change knows that oral history and narrative can be used to promote equity and empathy that challenge oppression and racism. If you are looking for new ways to address social justice challenges in your work and community, the practice of community-based oral history can offer you important new insights and methods to further positive change.

Groundswell is offering a six-session online class, introducing participants to oral history for social change and movement building. This class will provide you with skills and insights needed to build projects that incorporate oral history and narrative in order to advance justice, build empathy, and move social justice projects forward. Participants will learn about how narrative and oral history methods are being used to build alliances, center marginalized voices and identify real strategies for change. In this introductory class you will learn the basic skills needed to do community-based, anti-oppression oral history.


Where can I learn more about the course?

Faculty bios and additional details are available on the Groundswell website, here:

What kind of technology do I need in order to participate?

We use ZOOM video conferencing ( for all of our classes. To participate you will need:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

It is also possible to participate via telephone.

What if I can't make all the classes?

While we encourage participants to attend both sessions in real time, we know it's not always possible with everyone's lives and schedules! We will make full video recordings of each class session available to all registered participants within 24 hours of the end of each session, so that you can watch and review on your own time.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Communications Coordinator, Fanny Garcia at with any questions.

What is the refund policy?

We can offer a full refund up until registration closes on January 17th, 2019.

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