The UMass Oral History Lab and the UMass Public History Department offered a one-day (four hour) crash course this Friday, Oct. 5, 10-2, at the BCC Main Campus, free of charge.
Participants learned about interviewing techniques, project planning, archiving, oral history ethics, recording technologies, and more.
A public history professor at UMass, Sam Redman is the organizer of UMass Oral History Lab, an initiative to bring together students, scholars, and communities to collaboratively improve oral history projects. Redman is also currently involved with an Oral History of Emily Dickinson, with UMass and Amherst College. While at the University of California, Berkeley, Redman served as lead interviewer for the Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front Oral History Project and the Japanese American Confinement Sites Oral History Project. He launched a project documenting the oral history of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.
Questions? Call Judith Monachina, 413-236-1025 or email Jmonachina@berkshirecc.edu
If you are a student, and would like to learn about our workshops, internships and ways to become involved, please call Judith Monachina, Oral History Center director. 413-236-1025, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The sessions included:
10-11 Introduction, what is oral history, questions
11-12 Oral history activity on pre-interviewing
12-1 Lunch and oral history interviewing
1-2 Oral history project planning, questions
Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College www.theoralhistorycenter.org