A very useful New York Times article on archiving family audio records features Bertram Lyons of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Lyons is one of the contributors to “Oral History in the Digital Age” and to the most recent issue of The Oral History Review.
The Oral History Association marks the death of pioneering oral historian Martha Ross on April 5th. Martha was a long-time leader in the OHA, serving as president in 1985. In 1976 she was a founder of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR). Martha set a high standard for excellence in oral history practice and served as a model for generations of oral historians. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Martha Ross Center for Oral History is fittingly named for her, as is the OHA’s Martha Ross Teaching Award.
Her obituary is available through the Washington Post.
Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change announces a new blog:
Our new Groundswell blog is up and running! The blog is a participatory space for discussing experiences and ideas related to conducting oral history for social change. The introductory post lists some potentially exciting issues for discussion:
Celebrating the release of Volume 40.1 of the Oral History Review, OHR Managing Editor Troy Reeves and contributors Anne Valk and Holly Ewald have a conversation about the Mashapaug Project, a collaborative community arts and oral history project on a pond in Providence, Rhode Island. Please give it a listen here.
The Oral History Review’s editorial team would like to welcome our newest member! David Caruso, Oral History Program Manager at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, will join the OHR as our book review editor. Along with his work at CHF, David has worked with Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR), a vibrant, regional oral history group, currently serving as its president. David’s experience in and knowledge of oral history will fit well with the OHR’s current directives and future goals. We are all looking forward to working with David.
The editorial team also would like to use this announcement to thank outgoing book review editor, John Wolford. Since John took over the job in the middle of the last decade, he has brought grace and charm to all his interactions with the hundreds of men and women who submitted pieces for him and who interacted with him at the OHR’s book table at the annual Oral History Association meeting. John expanded the reviews published in each issue, and he constantly looked for books that, at first blush, seemed ill-suited for the Review but upon review (pun intended) offered our readers new insight into the field. Speaking for the entire editorial team, we wish John all the best!
Until July 1—David’s official starting date—John will help David transition into the position. So, for now, any book review-related inquiries should continue to go to John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troy Reeves, Managing Editor (for the editorial team), The Oral History Review
The Oral History Association and new Executive Director Cliff Kuhn are highlighted in a new article from the Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Georgia Humanities Council (GHC), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oral History Association (OHA), is sponsoring the first-look of a new webcasting technology that we believe will be of interest to educators, museum professionals, libraries, offices, and others. Developed by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with support from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities, OVEE is a social screening platform for watching PBS and local public television programs with large audiences, from anywhere, on demand.
The purpose of OVEE technology is to connect and engage audiences with CPB/PBS films and documentaries via a real time interactive web broadcast. Importantly, this program features the unique opportunity for dialogue with a live panel of experts that can maximize the educational value of media productions. OVEE is available free of charge to all public media organizations and can support your engagement, development, promotion and education goals. Georgia is one of three states asked to test and evaluate this service with a web-based audience – that is why we need you!
All you need to participate in this testing is your computer, an internet connection and an open mind. The special screening will use footage from seminal PBS programs on African American history, with guided discussion featuring a panel (one in media and one in history). Please tune in (via your computer) on February 26th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EST to help us examine this new platform. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to not only experience this new cutting edge social screening platform, but also to discuss engagement and media literacy in the digital age.
Please click the link for more information and feel free to share this invitation with your co-workers and professionals outside your organization: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/j6yl6 Please visit the site a few minutes early (or even now) to orient yourself. The “hard start” for the program is 1:30 sharp, Feb. 26.
We hope your calendar will permit you to view and test the feasibility of utilizing this medium in your programs in the future. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Jamil Zainaldin, President, GHC
Clifford Kuhn, Executive Director, OHA
The program and registration information for the upcoming OHA annual meeting “Sing It Out, Shout It Out, Say It Out Loud: Giving Voice through Oral History” in Cleveland, OH October 10-14, 2012 has been posted.
The Oral History Association has recently concluded its national search for a new institutional home and its first executive director. The process began last year, when Dickinson College informed us that it was not in a position to renew its contract. We are pleased to announce that the search is over, and OHA has signed a five-year contract with Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. The OHA offices will be based in GSU’s History Department. In addition to housing OHA, GSU will also be providing the association with its new executive director, Dr. Cliff Kuhn. We are all very pleased and excited, and we look forward to working with GSU and Cliff beginning January 1, 2013. This move marks an important opportunity for growth and development for both the association and the field. Annual conference participants will have the chance to talk with Cliff at the Cleveland meeting, where there will be a session for people to share their ideas and thoughts regarding the association. More details will be available in the upcoming OHA Newsletter.