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2017 Workshops

Wednesday Workshops (descriptions of each can be found below the listing)

Creating Digital Exhibits Using Oral History ($40 members; $50 non-members)

8:30 to 12:00
Workshop Leader:
Janneken Smucker, West Chester University

Podcasting and Oral History I ($40 members; $50 non-members)

8:30 to 12:00
Workshop Leader:
Susan Davis, Better Broadcasts

Podcasting and Oral History II ($40 members; $50 non-members)

1:00 to 4:30
Workshop Leader:
Susan Davis, Better Broadcasts

Oral History for Social Change ($40 members; $50 non-members)

1:00 to 4:30
Workshop Leader:
Sarah K. Loose, Groundswell

 

Saturday Teacher Workshops — Free and open to local teachers. If you are not attending the conference, please sign up for these workshops using the form Teachers.

Teach the Teachers: Introduction to Oral History for K-12 Educators

8:30 to 12:00
Workshop Leaders:
Ryan Barland, Minnesota Historical Society, and Adrienne Cain, Baylor University

Teach the Teachers: Developing Oral History for the Classroom

1:00 to 4:30
Workshop Leaders: Ryan Barland, Minnesota Historical Society, and Erin Conlin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

 

Sunday Professional Development Workshop — included with conference registration

Introduction to OHMS

9:00 to 11:00
Workshop Leaders: Doug Boyd, University of Kentucky, and Christian Lopez, University of Georgia

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Creating Digital Exhibits Using Oral History

Workshop Leader: Janneken Smucker, West Chester University

With free and low-cost tools, many of them open source, it has become easy to share oral history interviews in multisensory environments as a way of both interpreting the interviews and engaging public audiences. In this workshop, participants will develop skills to integrate oral histories into online exhibits by embedding audio clips and Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) indexes into open source platforms including WordPress and Omeka. Using additional freely available online tools, participants will learn ways to contextualize audio excerpts with images, maps, and other resources. We encourage participants to bring a laptop computer to test out these simple, concrete ways to bring oral histories to life in online environments.

 

Oral History and Podcasting I and II

Workshop Leader: Susan Davis, Better Broadcasts

Right now, of the top 10 podcasts on iTunes, all 10 are nonfiction, issue based and rely on historical context; 5 are documentary style, telling one story over many episodes; 1 is made by former White House staffer, 1 by a social worker with a compelling presence and seven were made by public radio professionals. This last fact is not simply chance. Seven out of the top ten most popular podcasts in America, including THE most popular — S-town — owe their popularity to the producers knowing that audio is a medium unlike any other, and to use it well, you need to understand its qualities and secrets. As oral historians, you know how to solicit and coax great stories. you also know how to get out of the way of someone telling a great story. Podcasting is the perfect way to use the stories you’ve gathered to tell larger stories across time and context.

In Podcasting I you’ll learn the building blocks of the form: True Listening, The Art of Hosting, Perfecting a Sound, and Achieving a Tone. You bring the content, I’ll show you how to shape it into a deeply listenable, educational, entertaining radio show (on demand.)

In Podcasting II, you’ll learn how to design and execute an efficient and sustainable production design and schedule, as well as how to promote and distribute your podcast.

 

Oral History for Social Justice

Workshop Leader: Sarah K. Loose, Groundswell

Oral history has long been acknowledged for its critical role in documenting and preserving the history of social movements and marginalized communities.  More recently, oral history has also been recognized as a methodology to actively support and advance contemporary social justice organizing efforts. This workshop will explore how the process and products of oral history can be engaged to further social change. Using a combination of participatory exercises and case study reflections, this workshop will:

  • engage participants in a critical examination of the role of oral history in social movements, including some of the practical, theoretical and ethical   implications of applied oral history work,
  • introduce participants to several projects that have successfully engaged oral history as a method for contributing to social change, and
  • equip participants with a basic framework and set of tools to support their own efforts to advance social justice through their oral history work.

  

Teach the Teachers: Introduction to Oral History for K-12 Educators

Workshop Leaders: Ryan Barland, Minnesota Historical Society, and Adrienne Cain, Baylor University

Calling all educators! Have you thought about incorporating oral history in your classroom and can’t figure out how? Are your curious to learn about how oral histories can enhance your curriculum? Do you want to find a way to engage your students in ways outside of the textbook? This workshop is for you! This oral history workshop specifically geared towards educators will introduce teachers to the concept and methodology of oral history, begin to explore ways to incorporate oral histories in the classroom, and provide resources to create your own project or connect with archives in your area that can supply use to their oral history collections. Attendance at this workshop qualifies for Minnesota CEU credits.

 

Teach the Teachers — Developing Oral History for the Classroom

Workshop Leaders: Ryan Barland, Minnesota Historical Society, and Erin Conlin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Building on skills learned and resources highlighted in the Introduction to Oral History for K-12 Workshop I, participants in Workshop II will work on developing an oral history lesson appropriate for their own classroom. Lessons will incorporate resources from the Minnesota Historical Society and the Oral History Association, and will support instructors in matching the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies to the proposed lesson. Attendance at this workshop qualifies for Minnesota CEU credits.

 

Sunday Professional Development Workshop–Introduction to OHMS

Workshop Leaders:
Doug Boyd, University of Kentucky, and Christian Lopez, University of Georgia

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has created an open source web-based system called OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) to enhance access to oral history online. OHMS connects the textual search term in a transcript or an index to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview. OHMS has been designed to be easy to use, universally compatible, and extremely flexible. OHMS provides a powerful option for enhancing online access to oral history for institutions with wide ranging budgets and technical support. This workshop, which is free to conference registrants, will serve as a general introduction to OHMS and the processes of getting started using OHMS at your institution.