NYC Groundswell Gathering, July 29, 6 PM

GroundswellNYC notice:

Where do we get the money to do the work we want to do? How do our funding strategies shape and/or reflect our politics and approaches?

Please join us for a local gathering of Groundswell in NYC, where we will discuss the politics and possibilities of funding our oral history and social justice work over happy hour drinks at Baby's All Right

When: Tuesday, July 29, 6 PM

Where: 146 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11211

RSVP: Zoe West, zoexwest@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Groundswell Practitioner Support Network Chat, June 6

I am co-facilitating a chat concerning the ethics of oral history online archiving. Please register through Groundswell if you're interested!

What are the benefits and risks of publicly available online archives for oral history interviews?

The internet can be a valuable tool in connecting the public to oral histories like never before, but like any tool, it has potential for misuse. During this chat, we hope to explore the practical and ethical issues behind the development and use of online archiving for oral history work. As oral historians, we can share key considerations we’ve had in developing an archive or concerns about what it takes to develop one in the future. As organizers and activists, we can reflect on how online archives influence and impact our ongoing campaigns and movements. As visitors to online archives, we can talk about our experiences in interacting with successful (or not so successful) online archives, and what we can take away from that.

Questions we will explore include: How can we make a more interactive and engaging online archive? What problems have we encountered in building or maintaining an online archive? What are the most important factors to consider in crafting interview release agreements for online archiving? If an interviewee did not agree to online archiving at the time of the interview because the method did not exist then, is it unethical to put the interview online? Can existing websites, such as Wikipedia, be a good repository for oral histories?

Brooklyn '63:First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is having a special presentation of Ping Chong+Company's Brooklyn '63 for next month's First Saturday. Post courtesy of Ping Chong+Company:

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:00 pm
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Free event. Tickets required.
Tickets will be available on April 5, 2014 starting at 5pm at the Brooklyn Museum.

Created in collaboration with 651 ARTS, Brooklyn '63 features Brooklyn-based activists, witnesses and those who have inherited the legacy of a generation of civic action. The piece features Brooklyn residents who share their experiences and perspectives from the early labor movement, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Teachers Strike, the Downstate Medical Center protests led by Brooklyn CORE, the history of The East in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and a host of events and reminiscences that took place in Brownsville, Ft. Greene, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Williamsburg, Bushwick, and many places in between. Originally premiered at The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University in May 2013, Brooklyn '63 was also presented in three locations in Brooklyn as part of The BEAT Festival in September 2013. For more information about this show, click here.

Decentering Authority: A Public Oral History Workshop

Lots of oral history and narrative-related events in NYC lately. Post courtesy of Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics

DECENTERING AUTHORITY: BUILDING A COLLABORATIVE ORAL HISTORY OF MIXED-HERITAGE FAMILIES IN BROOKLYN (AND GETTING COMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT RACE)

WHO: Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society where she manages new oral history projects as well as preservation of BHS's oral history collections dating back to 1973.  In addition, Sady works with curators and educators at BHS to produce audio for exhibitions, walking tours, and K-12 curricula.  Her work is influenced by the Buddhist practice of deep listening, and formative experiences at two feminist institutions: The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies and Babeland.  Sady has radio experience, both pre- and post- podcast era, and Chuck D once said she did a good job on the 1s and 2s. Sady received an MA in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from NYU and a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Wellesley College.

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

WHERE: 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St.

ABOUT: Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (cbbg.brooklynhistory.org) is an oral history project exploring the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families. Through sharing stories, we open up intergenerational conversations about preserving cultural heritage in a multicultural democracy. These conversations historicize our understanding of concepts like race, ethnicity, and nationality.  Inspired by feminist methodology and participatory action research, CBBG is designed to be responsive to the concentric conversations happening among narrators, interviewers, archivists, and the public programming audience, as well as resonating scholarship, activism, and media. Sady Sullivan will share the strengths and challenges of CBBG's experimental project design and the pleasures of hosting forums where people practice talking about race/ethnicity (and intersecting identities) together.

This event is free and open to the public and is part of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series.

Manhattanville: Stories from our Neighborhood

Here's an oral history event posting, courtesy of Snorks & Pins:

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Episode 1: Who we are - where we are from

Will be presented at Chashama Art Gallery
March 20th, 21st, 24th and 25th at 7:30pm

Manhattanville: Stories from our Neighborhood is a series of performances of oral histories collected from the neighborhood of Manhattanville.  We began collecting interviews of long-time Manhattanville residents in March of 2013. The interviews include stories about growing up in the area: tales of families living on the same street for generations, window-to-window language (the unofficial sign language of 135th St.), a Caribbean child’s first experience with snow, the loss of a friend in a gun fight, the meeting of a first love at a dance, gang violence, and five decades of New York history seen from a window now blocked by the new Columbia building.  But stories do not stay enclosed by the borders of Manhattanville (122nd to the South, 135th to the North, St. Nicholas Park to the East and the Hudson to the West).  Residents have traveled here from near and far.  They have left and returned and their stories take you around the world from secret CIA missions in the Vietnam War, to ghosts and witches that haunt a small town in The Dominican Republic, to adventures in New England, to a war officer’s life in a house elevated over a river in Thailand.  In this one small neighborhood are lives and histories which are seemingly separated by differences in ages, incomes, ethnicities, educations, but the stories we have collected demonstrate how united we are in our humanity.