The Art of Empathy and the Empathy of Art: Oral History Methods and Applications

Next Sunday (July 21), my colleague Maggie Lemere and I are facilitating an oral history workshop. Make it if you can! And make sure to RSVP. Here is the downloadable flier for the event. 

 

The Art of Empathy and the Empathy of Art: Oral History Methods and Applications  

Date: SUNDAY July 21, 12pm - 3pm

Space: Asian American Writers Workshop, 112 W 27th St., Suite 600, New York, NY 10001

In this workshop we will examine oral history theory and methodology through the many creative ways in which it has been practiced. Using empathy, power dynamics, and intersubjectivity as thematic lenses, we will begin the workshop by discussing the meaning of oral history; its differences and similarities to journalism, documentary work, therapy/social work, and other fields that use interviewing; and how oral history methodology may be applied within some of these other fields. Next, drawing upon their experience working on various oral history projects in both the US and abroad, facilitators Cindy Choung and Maggie Lemere will take you through the process of designing an oral history: project planning, interview strategies, interpretation and analysis, creative applications, and archiving. 

Please note that if you have a specific project you’re currently working on, we invite you to offer questions and reflections throughout the workshop based on your work; however, having a current project to discuss is not necessary. By the end of the workshop, you will have a solid foundation from which to further plan and develop potential projects using oral history methods. Works by Anna Deavere Smith, George Plimpton, StoryCorps, Voice of Witness, and more will be discussed.

Please feel free to send us questions or potential topics of interest for the workshop via email. If we are not able to incorporate your suggestion into our discussion, we will still offer our support by contacting you directly. We look forward to learning together and further building a community of thoughtful story-keepers and tellers.

We ask for a $15 suggested donation from participants to cover the honorarium for the trainers and a small portion to cover light refreshments and materials. However, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds, and we would certainly appreciate those who can give a little more.

We also ask that you RSVP to confirm your attendance at the workshop. We will try to keep the workshop to no more than 20 people, and slots will be given out to those who RSVP the earliest. Please RSVP to sukjong33@gmail.com.