Earlier in 2011, the federal government has requested comment on proposed changes to the Common Rule, which regulates research on what are termed “human subjects.” Comments were due by October 26, but it will be important for oral historians to keep abreast of the situation as it unfolds (although there have been no developments posted since the deadline). The proposed changes seem to be a very mixed bag for oral history and history—offering both an opportunity to address past concerns about the effect federal regulations, and hence IRB review, have on oral history and potentially new problems for history under the rubric of “information risk.” For more info…
Nonprint Award: At Home in Utopia (film), Michal Goldman and Ellen Brodsky, Co-producers
Emerging Crises Research Fund grant: Sawt, women’s participation in the January Revolution in Egypt.
The Nakba Archive has recorded over 650 interviews about the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and lands in 1948.
Martha Ross Teaching Award: Rosie Uyola, Edison High School Story Corps
Non-Print Format Honorable Mention: Joanna Hay and the Louis B. Nunn Center, University of Kentucky for the documentary, Quest for the Perfect Bourbon: Voices of the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South by Anne Valk and Leslie Brown.
Exciting Changes for the Oral History Review!
On January 1, 2012, the editorship of the Oral History Review will change hands, and—in a departure for the OHA—an editorial team is coming on board. Kathy Nasstrom, of the University of San Francisco, will become the editor and Troy Reeves, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will step into a new position of managing editor. Kathy will be responsible for the overall management and development of the journal, and Troy will handle its production. Kathy and Troy have identified their top priorities as: 1– strengthening the OHR as the journal of record for the field of oral history in the U.S.; 2– developing a more thoroughly international, interdisciplinary, and multimedia journal; 3– crafting a journal that meets the needs of the Association’s diverse constituencies. John Wolford will continue as book review editor; Jennifer Abraham Cramer as media review editor; and—in another departure—a new position is being created to develop the multimedia capacity of the OHR. Doug Boyd, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, will assume this position. Stay tuned for more on all of these developments!