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2003 Participants
 
 

Connie Zeana Atkinson
Karen Bell
Stephanie Hom Cary
Natalie Coulter
Ann Denkler
Carolyn Finney
Mia Fuller
Alma M. Garcia
James Gatewood
Catherine Griffin
Kristen Griffin
Estella Habal
Joyce A. Hanson
Eric Hardy
Bill Helmer
Alice R. Hoveman
Justeen Hyde
Alice Ito
Jamie Lew
Linda Marie Lux
Carol Maclennan
Nancy Raquel Mirabal
Donna Murch
Bethany Rogers
Nicolas G. Rosenthal
Ailecia Ruscin
Bjorn Rzoska
Scott Saul
Sarah Stanton
Emily Straus
Shirley Tokheim
Donna Troka
James Walsh
Harry Waters Jr
Sarah Wheelock
George Winston III
James Wunsch
Eriko Yamamoto
Kathryn Young

 
 
 
Institute Highlights
 
 
"From a Historian's Eye: Images, Words, Historical Synthesis,"
by Ana Maria Maud

"The Relationship of Oral Exchange to Print Culture," by Richard Cnida Smith

Organizing and Executing a Project
by Lisa Rubens

Subjectivities and Oral History: Race, Class, Sexuality, Gender
by Martin Meeker

The Art of Collaboration -Comparing Two Community Projects
by Jackie Thornton

Summary Dialogue and Reflection on Oral History
by Richard Cnida Smith and
Ana Maria Mauad


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2003 Participant Projects

Connie Zeanna Atkinson
Associate Director, Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies; Professor of History, University of New Orleans

Interviewing key political figures and policymakers involved in the New Orleans political life during the era of Mayor Ernest "Dutch" Morlal, the city's first African-American mayor. Pilot for future, larger project on contemporary New Orleans.

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Karen Bell
Ph.D. Candidate
History Department
Howard University

Gendered regional cultural study of Sapelo Island, Georgia, from the late 19th through early 20th century.

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Stephanie Hom Cary
PhD Student
Department of Italian Studies
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
ssylvest@socrates.berkeley.edu
T 510.642.2704
F 510.642.6220

Project Title (to be presented at IOHA 2004 in Rome):
"When the Golden Hordes Speak: The Problematics of Tourists, Subjectivity, Memory, & Oral History".
Description of Project
This project explores the figure of the tourist as both a product and representation of globalization, for in travel s/he unites the local and the global, and through imagination and narration, s/he creates a modernity at large. Taking the tourist as a metaphor for globalization, I will investigate how the problematics of subjectivity and memory, which are so critical to oral history research, are changed by and through tourism.

The issue of ephemerality also complicates the working notions of memory currently utilized in oral history research. In fact, the marked temporality of being a tourist produces a sort of transitory memory as the collective of subjects is always already unfixed. Here, memory works differently to produce meaning; while it articulates the experience of the past in the present, it is the past of a temporary subject (the tourist) whose subjectivity and history have already been repudiated. This disavowal is further enriched by the various levels of memory that are expressed in different modes of narrativity, as well as by the numerous written and oral intertexts (e.g., guidebooks, advertisements, stories of other tourists) that have influenced the pre-formulation of the tourists' experience, memory, and narrative.

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Natalie Coulter
nhc@sfu.ca
Simon Fraser University
School Of Communication
Burnaby, British Columbia

Project Title:
The Consumption Chronicles: Consumer Culture, Gender, and 'Tween
Identities in Suburban Canada .
Description of Project
My project is an exploration of how young girls and boys lived and
experienced consumer culture in the 1980s. I will be conducting oral history
interviews and be specifically addressing how boys and girls aged 10-13
growing up in suburban Canada used the mundane goods of consumer culture as
a means of articulating notions of gender. 

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Ann Denkler
Assistant Professor of History
Shenandoah University

Assisting in the creation of an African American history museum in Winchester, VA; recording the efforts of an African-American to commemorate a purported slave auction block in Luray, VA; interviewing women members of the New York-Virginia Club in Luray, VA.

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Carolyn Finney
Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
cmfinney@mindspring.com

Examining interactions between African Americans and the environment by exploring how their attitudes are influenced by racialized constructions and representations, informing how African Americans participate in the use of national forests and parks.

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Mia Fuller
Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Oral history project on the construction of "New Towns" in Italy during the Fascist era, and the history of these towns through the eyes of the settlers and their descendants.

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Professor Alma M. Garcia
Sociology Program
Anthropology/Sociology Department
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053
agarcia@scu.edu
408-554-4511

Project Title
Memories & Remembrances: Mexican American Community Builders
In San Jose, California, 1960-1990
Description of Project
This research project represents a significant contribution to the existing social science research on Mexican American communities in the United States by providing an oral history archive documenting the lives of community builders whose activism in pursuit of social justice issues shaped the development of the Mexican American community of San Jose, California between 1960 and 1990. A historical archive of these community-builders will highlight the lives of people whose stories have not been heard or recorded for future generations. This research project focuses on the greater San Jose community during this time period for several reasons. Beginning in 1970 and through the 1980s, San Jose, California experienced major socio-political, cultural and economic transformations. Although several research studies have
examined these societal transformations, our study will bring a new dimension to this scholarship by compiling an archival record of oral histories of Mexican and Mexican Americans whose lives were affected by such social changes and whose activism addressed many of their community needs. The following are some of the key transformations that contributed to the emergence of a new San Jose community.

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James Gatewood
Ph.D. Candidate
American Civilization Department
Brown University

Oral histories for a dissertation on the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco; developing an introductory course in oral history methodology.

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Catherine Griffin
Ph.D. Candidate
History Department
University of Chicago

Dissertation which involves interviewing Italian entrepreneurs in the Dallas area; research on Lebanese immigrant businesses in Texas.

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Kristen Griffin
Historian
Sitka National Historical Park
103 Monastery Street
Sitka, AK 99835
kristen_griffin@nps.gov
(907)747-0132

Description of Project
Sitka National Historical Park (located on Baranof Island in southeast Alaska) preserves and interprets a rich multicultural history including southeast Alaska Native art and culture, Russian American colonialism, and the complex interactions that occurred between these two entities.

Oral history interviews relevant to these topics are also featured in an earlier oral history project, known as “Sitka National Historical Park Jukebox.” The Jukebox was a collaboration between the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Department, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and the park. It will be available online soon through the UAF “Project Jukebox” webpage: http://uaf-b.uaf.edu/Jukebox/PJWeb/pjhome.htm.
Information about park and its history is available on the park website: www.nps.gov/sitk. From the main page, click on “In Depth” and then select “Cultural Resources.” For information about oral history at Sitka National Historical Park, contact park historian Kristen Griffin at kristen_griffin@nps.gov.

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Estella Habal
Lecturer, San Jose State University;
Board member, Manilatown Heritage Foundation
ehabal@earthlink.net

Possible project with ManilaTown Heritage, Check their webpage at http://manilatown.org/

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Joyce A. Hanson
Assistant Professor of History
California State University, San Bernadino;
Project Director San Bernadino Oral History Project

Oral history project based on the Shades of San Bernadino photographic collection. Attempting to piece together the stories behind the photographs of San Bernadino individuals
and families.

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Eric Hardy
Graduate Assistant
Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies

Interviewing key political figures and policymakers involved in the New Orleans political life during the era of Mayor Ernest "Dutch" Morlal, the city's first African-American mayor. Pilot for future, larger project on contemporary New Orleans.

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Bill Helmer
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
NAGPRA Coordinator, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe

Videotaping elders of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe explaining the significance of 13 important cultural sites which will be placed on the Timbisha Shoshone Register of Historic Places and/or nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Alice R. Hoveman
Curator of History
Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Developing a virtual and physcial inventory of cultural resources of the Pit River, Wintu, and Yana tribes, as well as from the Elders and other members of these historical tribes; researching the history and renovation of Redding's "Downtown Mall".

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Justeen Hyde
Assistant Professor of Research
Dept. of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

Oral history project on the experiences of young adolescents entering foster care for the first time, including an ethnographic study of the Foster Care System in Los Angeles County.

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Alice Ito
Interview Projects Manager
Densho: Japanese American Legacy Project

Densho documents oral histories of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II; currently working on Densho Visual Histories. www.densho.org

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Jamie Lew
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Education and Academic Foundations
Rutgers University

Based on oral histories, project will document immigrant and family histories of various ethnic groups of Asian American populations residing in New Jersey.

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Linda Marie Lux
Regional Historian
USDA Forest Service
(707) 562-8855;
FAX (707) 562-9055
lindalux@fs.fed.us

Thanks again for the great course. I have used what I leaned to teach a group of Forest Service retirees the basics of conducting oral histories. They will produce ca. 40 interviews over the next year and contribute significantly to documenting the history of our agency in California. We have some outstanding people involved in the project--one went back for his MA in history after retiring, one already had training in oral history, one was high up in Washington administration, all are thouroughly engaged committed to the project. I couldn't have done my part without your help.

Nationwide effort to interview retirees and other persons important in the development of the USDA Forest Service for 100th anniversary.

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Carol Maclennan
Associate Professor
Anthropology Department
Michigan Technological University

Oral history interviews of mining employees and families residing near the Isle Royale Mining Company, which ceased operations in 1940; these interviews will be conducted as part of a graduate seminar in Industrial Archeology.

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Nancy Raquel Mirabal
Chancellor's Post-doctoral Fellow
Ethnic Studies Department
University of California, Berkeley

Oral history of the gentrification in the Mission District of San Francisco and its impact on the Latina/o community.

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Donna Murch
Ph.D. Candidate
History Department
University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation on Black politics in the Bay Area.

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Bethany Rogers
Senior Research Associate, NCREST
Columbia University;
Adjunct Faculty, Steinhardt School of Education
New York University

Oral history project which seeks to deepen knowledge about teachers, teaching and social reform in the 1960s by drawing on the words of National Teacher Corps (NTC) participants.

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Nicolas G. Rosenthal
Doctoral Candidate in History
University of California, Los Angeles
nrosen@ucla.edu

Project Title

Re-imaging 'Indian Country': American Indians and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Description of Project
Throughout the twentieth century, the urban areas of the United States have been central to the experiences of American Indians as places to find work, go to school, settle down, and form communities. Indeed, when the 1980 federal census reported that a majority of American Indians lived in cities, it only confirmed patterns of rural-to-urban migration that had long been known to native people. Yet, with a handful of exceptions, historians and other scholars have failed to investigate American Indian urbanity.

In doing so, they have not only neglected a major facet of American Indian experience, but have overlooked many of the important roles that native people have played throughout twentieth-century United States history.

My doctoral dissertation addresses these scholarly oversights by presenting a twentieth-century history of American Indians and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It focuses on the migration of Indians to Los Angeles; the formation and development of urban Indian communities; and the relationships between Los Angeles and Indian reservations throughout southern California and the rest of the country. While taking advantage of archival sources such as newspaper articles, census records, and community publications, it also relies heavily on the use of oral history.

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Ailecia Ruscin
Graduate Student
American Studies Department
University of Kansas

Oral history project on southern white women involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Bjorn Rzoska
Staff Member
Flemish Centre for Popular Culture;
Teacher of philosophy and culture
Academy of Dramatic Art

Project Museum Lokeren: Oral history to reconstruct, save and present an important part of the textile history of Lokeren, a small city in Flanders; Project Meetjesland: Oral history as a tool to create a network between several partners in the field of cultural heritage.

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Scott Saul
Assistant Professor
English Department
University of California, Berkeley

Cultural history of Los Angeles in the late-70s, with a particular look at the art communities from that period (how they organized themselves, built new institutional homes for their art, etc.)

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Sarah Stanton
Ph.D. Candidate
Institute for Women's Studies
Emory University

Dissertation on the construction and fashioning of the identity among queer southern women.

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Emily Straus
Ph.D. Candidate
American History Department
Brandeis University

Dissertation: "Compton, California and the Making of the Urban School Crisis".

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Shirley Tokheim
Ph.D. Candidate
School of Education
University of California, Berkeley

Using oral history for dissertation topic on parent involvement at an elementary school during three events that occurred in the past six years.

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Donna Troka
PhD Candidate
The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
dtroka@emory.edu
Work Phone: 404.712.8704
Work Fax: 404.712.9108

Project Title

"The Kings of the Midwest: An Oral History of Midwestern Drag Kings"
Description of Project
This project investigates the histories and subjectivity formations of drag kings in three Midwestern cities: Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota. It aims to centralize the voices of drag kings from the Midwest within the last decade. Utilizing oral history interviews along with archival
research, this project investigates the socio-historical context within which drag king culture emerged. This scholarship also begins to interrogate how drag kings think about and theorize their performances of gender, race, and sexuality. Lastly, this work investigates how dialogue with political movements
for social justice such as the anti-racist or feminist movements can shape drag king subjectivities.


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James P. Walsh
Full Time Instructor
University of Colorado, Denver
JamesWalsh1967@cs.com

Doctoral dissertation on Irish immigrants in 19th century Colorado; teaching oral history.

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Harry Waters Jr.
Minnesota at Macalester College
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Dramatic Arts and Dance, Macalester College
hwatersjr@hotmail.com

The Family (re)Union Project: Intend to look at
issues of families from the restructuring of that
societal unit in the last decades of the century to
the present and create a theatre event that looks at the intersection of "family" in the college environment.


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Sarah Wheelock
Independent Researcher

Oral histories of the greater California fire service to document both changes in duties and in the demographics of the firefighters.

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George Winston III
Graduate Student
History Department
University of New Orleans

Interviewing key political figures and policymakers involved in the New Orleans political life during the era of Mayor Ernest "Dutch" Morlal, the city's first African-American mayor. Pilot for future, larger project on contemporary New Orleans.

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James Wunsch
Assistant Professor and Mentor
Empire State College (SUNY)

Oral history project on urban childhood, specifically childhood in the Bronx during the 20th century; planned graduate course in oral history.

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Eriko Yamamoto, Ph.D.
(American Studies)
Independent Scholar/Historian
Japan Oral History Association Steering
Committee Member
eriko@abox22.so-net.ne.jp

Planning to found the Japan Oral History Association; completing an oral history book on a Nisei woman.

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Kathryn Young
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Berkeley

Taking oral histories from teachers who have been in the field for 15 to 25 years and have been committed to furthering social justice issues in school; oral histories in dissertation with troubled and troubling youth.

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