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Nov. 27th PSN: Fighting Words: Oral Histories from the New York Sanctuary M...

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Janice Amaya and Jon Earle share their experience recording oral histories with members of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. Their volunteer group has recorded 25+ oral histories with people facing deportation and their families. The recordings are 60-90 minutes long, in Spanish and English, and cover a wide range of experiences, from detention stories to accounts of everyday life “under the radar.” (You can listen to snippets here.) Janice and Jon will talk about the challenges they’ve faced, what they’ve learned, and how they’re turning oral history into activism.

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Janice Amaya is a Salvadoran-American theater artist and activist. She is a founding member of The Hummm, a theater collective whose aim is to democratize the experimental. She is currently part of the creative team behind Cartography, a play that examines the forces that shape where we have come from, how we have moved, and where we are going, to be performed at the Kennedy Center in DC in January of 2019. She holds an MFA from the Moscow Art Theater and Harvard University

Jon Earle is a Brooklyn-based documentarian and Russian translator. His audio work has aired on KCRW and NHPR, and appeared on the Spotify podcast “United States of Music.” He produces “Success @ Sinai,” a podcast for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Jon is an alumnus of the Transom Story Workshop and the Oral History Summer School.

If you have any questions, contact our Practitoner Support Network Coordinator, Shefa Nola Benoit at info@rootsandreasons.com.

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