Archives Unconference, NYC, September 6

Here is an interesting event happening September 6, in New York City, at Barnard College (taken from the NYC Archives Unconference website):

The NYC Archives Unconference is a free event open to anyone interested in archives, to be held at Barnard College on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. What’s an unconference? We like THATCamp’s definition:

…an unconference is a highly informal conference. Two differences are particularly notable. First, at an unconference, the program isn’t set beforehand: it’s created on the first day with the help of all the participants rather than beforehand by a program committee. Second, at an unconference, there are no presentations — all participants in an unconference are expected to talk and work with fellow participants in every session.

Some components of the NYC Archives Unconference–a few workshops and other sessions–will be organized ahead of time, to allow us to allocate resources for them. However, the majority of sessions will be proposed, selected, and scheduled by participants–that’s YOU– in the days and weeks leading up to the unconference, and on the day of the unconference itself. We’re so excited to host a day that’s all about archives and features a diversity of voices and ideas.

We are also hoping to make this unconference as accessible as possible, particularly for archives students and new professionals. It is open to anyone interested in archives and is completely free. We are also trying to facilitate travel to and accommodations in New York City for any out-of-towners, and all sessions will be held in ADA-accessible facilities. Moreover, to ensure that the Unconference is a supportive and comfortable space for all participants, the day will be governed by a code of conduct.

The unconference is made possible by our fantastic sponsors–Barnard College; Queens College, City University of New York; the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.; La Salle University; and AVPreserve–and our tireless planning committee: Alex Duryee, Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Allie Janvey, Brigette Kamsler, Chris Arena, Dana Gerber, Dan Brenner, Dinah Handel, Erin Allsop, Jenny Ferretti, Jenna Freedman, Kristen Mapes, Leonora Lange, Martha Tenney, Maureen Callahan, Michael Miles, Natalie Pantoja, Nick Pavlik, Rachel Harrison, Rebecca Goldman, Ryan Mendenahll, Sara Howard, Shannon O’Neill, Susan Kline, and Tamar Zeffren. Thank you also to Barnard College’s wonderful events management team. And finally, special thanks to our workshop leaders: Alex Duryee, Kathryn Gronsbell, and Shaun Trujillo!

On this site you can register, submit a session proposal, see the schedule and proposed sessions, see a list of registered participants, get information about travel and accommodations, read the code of conduct, and get updated on news about the unconference.

If you’re so inclined, please RSVP to and share our facebook event page and tweet, using the hashtag #UnArch14!

If you have any questions or concerns not address on this site, please email nyc.archives.unconference@gmail.com.

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!

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.

The Future Weird: Sci-Fi Film Festival

Megan Eardley, a friend from my undergraduate days, and her partner Derica Shields are organizing a feminist sci-fi film festival that looks amazing. Posting courtesy of The Future Weird:

THE FUTURE WEIRD: remote control
Wednesday 26th MARCH 2014 @8PM, Spectacle Theater 

The Future Weird is back with REMOTE CONTROL, an evening of films concerning witches & bitches – women who see, take, and sell things they cannot grasp. Whether they wield powers to possess, or are somehow controlled, the technologies these films document are deployed without regard for reciprocity or consent. 

REMOTE CONTROL is both the loss of individual agency, and the thrilling ability to inhabit another’s body. Presenting weird clips alongside shorts by Zina Saro Wiwa, Elaine Castillo, Fyzal Boulifa, and the U.S. Premiere of TOUCH by Shola Amoo, we’re talking possession, surveillance, “brain to brain interface”, and the sinister compulsion to repurpose the humanoid. Join us on Wednesday 26th March @8PM as we contemplate the human of use of human beings.

More details & RSVP via the Facebook event page 

The Future Weird is a screening series dedicated to sci-fi/experimental/weird film by black, African & Third World directors created by Derica Shields & Megan Eardley. Find details of previous programs and follow us here & 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.