San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
INTRODUCTION TO ORAL HISTORY FOR ORGANIZERS with Amaka Okechukwu
Oral History can be a powerful tool in building social movements and enhancing social justice projects. This workshop will introduce community organizers to oral history methods, focusing on the ways that oral history can be used to enhance organizational capacity, how storytelling can be utilized in campaigns, and more. We will examine formal oral history methods, social justice oral history and ethical concerns, and explore how anti-oppression principles can be incorporated into activist oral history projects.
Amaka Okechukwu, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary scholar of race, social movements, and the Black experience. She currently serves in a variety of roles in and outside of the academy. She is the Project Coordinator of the Voices of Crown Heights oral history project at Brooklyn Historical Society, and is the former Oral Historian at Weeksville Heritage Center. She serves as Co-Coordinator of Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, a grassroots network of oral historians, activists, and cultural workers who use oral history methods in social justice projects. She is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University, where she is finishing her book To Fulfill These Rights: Political Contention over Affirmative Action in Public Universities (under contract with Columbia University Press). She has engaged in community-based work with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Brooklyn Movement Center, The Brecht Forum, the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, Visionary Organizing Lab, and a number of artist collectives.
*For our oral history workshops, please pay what you can. We suggest $30 for students, recent graduates, or others who are financially constrained, while we suggest that professionals and those with more resources should pay more. All profits from these events go towards our annual merit scholarship for an OHMA students.
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Columbia Oral History MA Program
A one-year interdisciplinary MA program training students in oral history method and theory. www.oralhistory.columbia.edu