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Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi (“Voice of the People”) Annual Award

The Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi (“Voice of the People”) annual award is presented each year at the annual meeting. The award honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement in using oral history to create a more humane and just world. Nominees may include those who use oral history as a means of furthering social justice as well as those collecting oral histories of social justice advocates. The award comes with a cash prize of $250.

The award is named in honor of Stetson Kennedy, a pioneer oral historian whose work has been an important tool for advocacy on behalf of human rights.  His work has also had a significant, continuing impact on the oral history movement itself.

The Vox Populi Award was created to recognize work that has made this kind of difference in the world, while advancing our sense of the power of oral history in the process. The award is co-sponsored by the Stetson Kennedy Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to human rights, racial and social justice, environmental stewardship, and the preservation and growth of folk culture.

To Submit:

The Committee invites nominations, which should be in the form of a two-to-three page nominating statement describing the nominee’s accomplishments and the rationale for the nomination. The nominating letter and any supporting text documentation should be sent in electronic form as file attachments to each committee member below. Self-nominations are welcome. Supporting materials such as collection descriptions, transcripts, audio and video interviews, publications, media productions, websites, news accounts, supporting letters, etc. can be included. If you wish to send non-electronic supplemental information, please contact Gayle Knight at for the addresses of each committee member.

Submissions must be emailed by May 15, 2016.

The 2016 Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Award Committee consists of:

Chair – Nicole Cox,
Wesley Hogan,
Max Krochmal,

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