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Annual Meeting Updates – Welcome to Tampa

Welcome to the 2015 Oral History Association annual meeting! We are going to have a great week in Tampa.

**Please note that the OHA registration desk is on the SECOND floor of the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel outside Florida Salon 4. Online Registration has closed, but you may register in Tampa at the OHA registration desk.

VISIT the Exhibit Hall in Florida Salon 4, right behind the registration desk. Open today from 9-12.

OHA’s first Poster Session begins at 2:30 in the Exhibit Hall, Florida Salon 4.

Grab n’ Go sandwiches are available today at Starbucks on the first floor rather than Waterside Grill.

IF YOU ARE STAYING AT THE TAMPA MARRIOTT, WIFI is complimentary in the guest rooms. It appears that you will have to pay to sign on, but you will not be charged.


Below are some changes to note:

Room Updates

  • OHA meeting rooms are on the second floor, banquet level. Greco Boardroom is the only room on the third floor.
  • The OHA registration table will be on the second floor between Florida Salon 3 and Florida Salon 4.
  • The K-12 Interest Group will meet in Florida Salon 6.
  • The Saturday buffet will be in Il Terrazzo Room and Patio.


Session Participant Changes

  • 26 – Oral History and New Narratives of U.S.Latin@ Experience

Arlene Torres cannot participate as the commentator.

  • 51 – The Changing Face of the American Hero

Alan Stein cannot participate as the commentator.

  • 59 – Remembering Social Change

Rakshinda Shah will not present.

  • 71 – Worlds of Women

Zaynab Ansari cannot participate as commentator.

  • 113 – The Value and Values of Tourism

Burcu Kaya will not present.


Session Changes

  • Saturday Yoga is back! Saturday at 7 am for those interested.  Read more in the program book.
  • 114 Digital Video Oral History Mini-Workshop has been cancelled.


Annual Meeting Spotlight: Documenting Ferguson

Documenting Ferguson: Oral History, Virtual Technologies, and the Making of a Movement

The Saturday plenary session at the OHA annual meeting will explore issues of historical recovery posed by the mass protests against state sanctioned violence after the shooting of Michael Brown last August. As national attention turned to this little known city in St. Louis County during the summer of 2014, an explosion of youth activism and social media production made it a flashpoint for long standing grievances about law enforcement killings of unarmed citizens. Documenting this protest in real time raises a number of important issues for oral historians and academics, including how to best obtain oral interviews that represent broad swaths of different communities affected by the protests, whether or not utterances in social media might also be included as part of oral testimony, and finally how might archivists, researchers and academics work together to best preserve this living history. Professor Donna Murch, author of the oral history-based book Living for the City, will host a dialogue with Makiba Foster of the Documenting Ferguson project at Washington University and activists Nailah Summers from Florida and Haiku from St. Louis.


International Committee Schedule at the Annual Conference

The Oral History Association’s Annual Meeting in Tampa is quickly approaching. Some things you might be interested in attending are:

The International Committee is meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Tampa Marriott Waterside 3, Florida Salon 3. All are welcome so please attend. If you would be interested in being on this committee please email Leslie McCartney, International Committee Chair at ude.a1638804233ksala1638804233@yent1638804233raccm1638804233l1638804233.

The International Committee scholarship awardees this year will be speaking on the following days and times:

Sean Field (South Africa)
Thursday, October 15, 2015; 1:15 – 2:45 PM
Tampa Marriott Waterside, 3, Meeting Room 4
Panel: Listening Compassionately, Mindfully, Empathically, and Cooperatively in Oral History Interviews
Paper: The Mean, Practice and Limits of Empathy in Oral History

Adam King (Canada)
Friday, October 16, 2015; 10:215 – 11:45 AM
Tampa Marriott Waterside, 3, Meeting room 3
Panel: Revealing Resilience: Workers’ Narratives of Life and Labor
Paper: Make Sense of Change: Sudbury Mine Workers on the 2009 Vale Strike

Carol McKirdy (Australia)
Saturday, October 17, 2015; 3:15 – 4:45 PM
Tampa Marriott Waterside, 3, Florida Salon 3
Panel: Stories that Move [with] Us: Oral History in Migration and Diaspora
Paper: South Sudanese Refugees in Southern Sydney: A Community Oral History Project

Jorge Mercado (Puerto Rico)
Thursday, October 15, 2015; 1:15 – 2:45 PM
Tampa Marriott Waterside, 3, Florida Salon 3
Panel: Oral History and New Narratives of U.S. Latin@Experience
Paper: The Migration of Puerto Ricans to Houston, Texas, from 1950 to 2010

Christin Quirk (Australia)
Friday, October 16, 2015; 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Tampa Marriott Waterside, 3, Meeting Room 3
Panel: Life Stages and Identity
Paper: Single and Lesbian Mothers: Narratives of Resistance and Change

Looking forward to meeting everyone in Tampa, Leslie McCartney