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2016 Workshops

2016 Annual Meeting Workshop Offerings


Wednesday Workshops, October 12 (descriptions of each can be found below the listing)

OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History Online ($40 members; $50 non-members)
8:30 to 12:00
Workshop Leaders: Callie Holmes and Christian Lopez, University of Georgia

Oral History and the Law ($40 members; $50 non-members)
8:30 to 12:00
Workshop Leader: John A. Neuenschwander, Carthage College (emeritus)

Creating Digital Oral History Exhibits ($40 members; $50 non-members)
1:00 to 4:30
Workshop Leader: Janneken Smucker, West Chester University

Podcasting and Oral History ($40 members; $50 non-members)
1:00 to 4:30
Workshop Leader: Molly Graham, Rutgers University and Folklife Research, Inc.

Saturday Workshops, October 15
**To receive a CEU, teachers must sign up for both Saturday workshops
In the Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Oral History Tools, Techniques and Methodology ($40)
8:30 to 12:00
Workshop Leader: Virginia Espino, Moon Canyon Films

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History — Teacher Workshop ($5)
1:00 to 4:30
Workshop Leaders: Cliff Mayotte and Claire Keifer, Voice of Witness


For California teachers:

Register for the CEU Teachers Oral History Workshop Bundle through this link: OHA workshop

Workshop Bundle, CEU  cost: $40
OHA Annual Meeting registration is not required for CEU-only registrants
Must register by October 12th to obtain $40 fee. Registration fee during conference increases to $90
Qualifies for one (1) Continuing Education Unit (California only)


Workshop Descriptions

OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History Online
The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) is an open source, free, web-based, powerfully scalable system designed to inexpensively and efficiently 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. This workshop will serve as an introduction to OHMS and will include the following topics: getting started with OHMS, indexing techniques, preparing and syncing transcripts, using existing metadata (catalog records, oral history tape logs, printed transcripts) to create OHMS indexes, new developments with OHMS (Kaltura and SoundCloud compatibility, using customized thesauri or Library of Congress Subject Headings), and workflows for successfully implementing OHMS at your institution. OHMS was developed by the Louie B. Nunn Center at the University of Kentucky. For a general introduction to OHMS, go to

Oral History and the Law
The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to the major legal issues that could impact them as practitioners of oral history.   Major topics that will be covered include: legal release agreements, challenges to restricted interviews, defamation, other privacy torts, copyright, orphaned interviews, and putting interviews on-line. The close interface between professional ethics and legal issues will also be examined. The workshop will be structured so that there will ample time for participants to ask questions. John A. Neuenschwander is a professor of history emeritus at Carthage College and a retired judge. He received his Ph.D. in American history from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from the Chicago Kent College of Law.  He taught at Carthage College from 1969-2008 and served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Kenosha from 1985-2012. He is a past president of the Oral History Association and the author of A Guide to Oral History and the Law, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2014.

Creating Digital Oral History Exhibits
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.

Podcasting and Oral History
This workshop is a step-by-step introduction to the basic tools and techniques for creating a podcast.  Participants will learn how to get good tape–professional sound recording tricks and technique; writing for radio, script writing, telling stories with sound; writing for the ear; recording and voicing narration; production and promotion including sound editing, publishing, processing, and outreach.

In the Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Oral History Tools, Techniques and Methodology  
Interested in rescuing lost histories? Thinking of staring an oral history project in your community? Do you want to conduct a family oral history but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is an introduction to oral history tools, techniques and methodology. It is intended for those new to the field and will begin with an overview of oral history and its multiple uses. The workshop will provide students with an introductory understanding of the methods for conducting oral history based on the best practices outlined by the Oral History Association and will cover the range of issues involved in preparing for and conducting a quality interview.

Topics to be discussed include:
Drawing up interview outlines and questions
Effective interviewing techniques
Legal and ethical concerns
Access and preservation

Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History — Teacher Workshop 
(Registration for both Introduction to Oral History and Teacher Workshop is required for CEU)
Creating Brave Spaces for Oral History begins by exploring the question, “If you had a meaningful story to share with someone, what would you need to feel safe, to feel brave?  This hands-on workshop for educators in academic and community settings offers a pedagogy developed by Voice of Witness that honors listening and resilience and reinforces oral history as a powerful mode of inquiry. Attendees will explore the nuances and complexities of creating and maintaining brave spaces during their oral history projects by receiving Common Core-aligned curricular resources, participating in small group discussions and activities, and by practicing and analyzing oral history interviews. From examining oral history through a lens of cultural norms, insider/outsider status, power dynamics, and representation, workshop facilitators will provide participants the tools to address the responsibilities connected to amplifying the unheard voices in their schools and communities.