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As activists and storytellers, how can we effectively and ethically engage with social issues on social media?

During this PSN, we will take a look at the most popular social media platforms–Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram- and how each provides different types of opportunities for storytellers and oral historians, but can also raise ethical questions about the sharing of information. Together, we’ll explore questions about the rolesocial media plays in storytelling, oral history, and activism; the ethics behind retweeting or reposting content; and how we can all use social media more effectively and ethically to support a social issue or cause.


Fanny Julissa García is a recent graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the Central American Refugee Crisis and the rise of immigration detention centers in the U.S. She currently works as a social media marketing content writer for various organizations including Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, the Columbia Oral History Master of Arts program, and the CCOHR 2017 Oral History Summer Institute.

Cindy Choung is a freelance oral historian and the External Relations Manager at Chicken & Egg Pictures, supporting the organization's fundraising and communications efforts. As a storytelling/oral history professional, Cindy has worked with such institutions as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the West Point Center for Oral History, and the Brooklyn Museum.

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