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Oral Historian as Guide: Finding Your Voice in Narratives Based on Oral Histories

Columbia Oral History MA Program

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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Oral Historian as Guide: Finding Your Voice in Narratives Based on Oral Histories, Nyssa Chow 

 One of the challenges when crafting narratives based on oral histories is deciding what role your voice will play when telling the story of another.  How visible will you be in the re-telling? What relationship will your voice have to the material? In this session we will be looking at different ways the oral historian's voice can act as guide in nonfiction narratives based on oral histories. We will look at examples from written, multimedia, and audio storytelling, and think through how the oral historian as storyteller can make these choices when creating narratives based on life histories. 

Nyssa Chow is the current Teaching Fellow at the Columbia University Oral History Master’s Program. She is a writer, new media storyteller and educator. She is a graduate of OHMA, and of Columbia University’s MFA program. Her most recent project Still.Life. - Intersecting Histories won the Columbia University Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award. Nyssa is a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Women in Film and Television Fellowship, the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation Award, and is a recipient of the Sloan Foundation Grant. Her recent Still.Life exhibition in her home country, Trinidad, was a narrative installation of soundscapes and light built from oral histories.

*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 University, 313 Hamilton Hall
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)


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A one-year interdisciplinary MA program training students in oral history method and theory. www.oralhistory.columbia.edu

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