Oral History Working Group
May 5, 2005, 12-1:30pm, Stone
Seminar Room, The Bancroft Library
"Life and Works at the Portuguese Electric Utility Industry"
Bruno Cordovil da Silca Cordeiro
Assistant Professor at ISCTE, University of Lisbon
30, 2005, 12-1:30pm, The Krouzian Study Center, Bancroft Library
"Using Oral History to Create Historical Fiction "
History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
March 9, 2005, 12-1:30pm,
Geballe Room at the Townsend for the Humanities,
"Geographies of Dispalcement and the Everyday Practices
of Silence and Consent: A Community Oral History of Gentrification
in the Mission District and its Impact on Latina/os"
Raza Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
November 12, 2004
"'I was accused of being a bastard:' Tensions of Childhood, Western, New York,
Elizabeth Kennedy, Professor of Women's Studies, University
September 23, 2004, 12-1:30pm
"A divided memory: Remembering the civilians' massacres in 1944 Tuscany during
World War II"
Giovanni Contini, Oral Historian in the State Archives of
Tuscany, Italy; consultant for the Shoah Foundation.
Thursday April 29, 2004 12-1:30pm
"Feelings of Desire: Queeer Latina and Latino Memories from the Bay Area"
Horacio N. Roque Ramirez , Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UC Santa
Thursday April 8, 2004
"Reluctant Witnesses: Oral History and and the Protagonists of Capital Punishment
Simon Grivet, ROHO
Thursday March 18, 2004
"Arrival of the Fittest: Aesthetics of Identy and Narrative Negotions for Cold
War Chinese Immigrants"
Robin Li, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan
February 26, 2004
ROHO Projects on Social Movements
"The California Labor School and The Building of Activist Culture in the Post
World War II San Francisco Bay Area"
"Impairment? Empowerment? Challenging Societal Definitions of Disability"
Esther Ehrlich February 4, 2004
"Ask & Tell: Oral Histories with Gay Veterans from World War I to the Gulf
Steve Estes, History Department Sonoma State University
November 12, 2003
Dr. Martin Meeker
"Being Alfred Kinsey" will ask those engaged in oral
history interviewing to consider and discuss the role of sex
and sexuality--as well as marriage, birth control, divorce--in
structuring the narratives offered by their interviewees and
in framing (perhaps
unconsciously) their own research agendas. It will pick up where Kinsey
left off fifty years ago, first, by considering the ways in which oral
historians have used questions about sexual behavior to illuminate larger
social, cultural, and political issues and,
second, by discussing methodological strategies for including exchanges
about sexual behavior in an oral history interview.
Martin Meeker currently holds a Sexual Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
with the Social Science Research Council and is a visiting scholar at
Regional Oral History Office, UC Berkeley. His is currently completing
book, tentatively titled, "Contacts Desired: A History of Connecting
the Gay and Lesbian World, 1940s-1970s."
November 6, 2003
Elizabeth Castle and Madonna Thunder Hawk
"Research Ethics in Indian Country and Electoral Politics in
Madonna Thunder Hawk, Two Kettle Lakota, is a veteran of every modern Native
American struggle from the occupation of Alcatraz to the 1973 siege of
Wounded Knee. She is also a long-time community organizer with a range
of experience in American Indian rights protection, cultural preservation,
economic development, environmental justice and Lakota social reclamation.
Women of All Red Nations (WARN) in 1978, organizing a health study of the
drinking water on the Pine Ridge reservation. (WARN found the water to
be highly radioactive, which led to the establishment of rural water supply
system.) Thunder Hawk also helped organize the Black Hills Protection Committee
(later the HeSapa Institute) whose goal is to protect the many sacred sites
within the region's treaty lands.
Elizabeth Castle is a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow and is completing
a book on American Indian Women's Activism in the Red Power Movement
for Oxford University Press.
This event is co-sponsored by the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO),
The Townsend Center for the Humanities New Directions in Oral History
Working Group, and the Institute of Governmental Studies Center On Politics.
April 17, 2003
Nadine Wilmot, Coordinator of the African American Faculty and Senior
Administrator Oral History Project
" Going to the Territory: Black Faculty and Access to the University of California
Nadine will discuss the framework for this project and the major research
questions that have emerged from its initial phase.
Anne MacLachlan, Senior Researcher, Center for Higher Education
" The Impact of Communication Networks on Access to Higher Education"
Dr. MacLachlan will discuss how minority pupils and students are excluded from
the information which makes higher education possible. March
Audre Lorde was a feminist poet, essayist, teacher, and activist
who died in l992.
" The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde,"
The documentary uses of oral history was explored in an evening devoted to
poet and essayist Audre Lorde. The film includes interviews and conversations
with her and with students at an international conference on her work. Sponsored
jointly by the Regional Oral History Office and the Townsend Center for the
Humanities, the event featured a screening of the 60-minute film and a discussion
led by the producer/director, Jennifer Abod. This event was co-sponsored by
February 27, 2003
Dr. Susana Kaiser, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies
and Latin American Studies Program, University of San Francisco
" Argentineans' Postmemories of Terror"
This work focuses on how young Argentineans remember the traumatic
events of the military dictatorship in Argentina [l976-l983], that is,
what are their “postmemories.” Based
on oral histories with young people who were neither direct victims nor political
activists, who were born during the terror or afterwards, and who have had an
entirely mediated knowledge of it, I explore how, in the year 1998, the post-dictatorship
generation was reconstructing this past from three main sources: inter-generational
dialogue, education, and the communication media. These interviews and conversations
discuss selected and recurrent themes (societal fears and silences, remembering/
forgetting, historical explanations, impunity/justice). By bringing the “second-generation/
non victim” perspective, I share the voices of the average person, beyond
victims and victimizers, to empirically explore the impact of state terrorism
on millions of “ordinary” Argentineans.
November 19, 2002
James Ridgeway, correspondent for the Village Voice, and documentary film maker.
" The National Detainee Courts: Civil Liberties and Terror"
Long before the National Detainee Courts became a public
issue. Jim Ridgeway was interviewing people who were incarcerated in the wake
of September 11, 2001. This distinguished author, journalist, and documentarian
will talk about the information he has gathered and his views on the history
of violations of civil liberties during "times of terror."
November 5, 2002
Ana Maria Mauad, Professor of History and Coordinator
for the Laboratory of Oral History and Iconography, Universidade Fluminense
Federal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Vivid Memories about Death and Pain: The 1961
Burning of the Grand Circus Norte-Americano, in Niterói City, Brazil" This
story of trauma and historical memory, traced the connections of
internal political struggle and anti-Americanism in Brazil, and comparing
the record preserved in photographs and oral histories with eyewitness
October 22, 2002
Martin Meeker, visiting scholar, ROHO; lecturer, IDS
"Six Degrees of Conversation" This presentation discussed the relationship between
network theory and the process of locating individuals in an interview. Models
of communications/migrations were explored theoretically, methodologically, and
empirically. Dr. Meeker is author of "Come Out West: San Francisco and The Emergence
of Gay and Lesbian Community 1920-1972" [University of Chicago Press, 2003]
September 24, 2002
Pace, Performance Pitch and Even Poetry: Returning
Sherna Gluck, Professor, Department of History; Director of the Oral History
Program CSU Long Beach, Co-Director, Virtual/Aural
April 3, 2002
Recalling the Revolution: The Third World Left in Los Angeles, 1968-1978
Laura Pulido, Department of Geography, USC
March 20, 2002
The Underground Movement in Minsk During World War II
Barbara Epstein, Department of History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
February 20, 2002
Using Oral History as a Base for Social Research: The Case of Anti-Racism and
Norma Smith, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, UC Berkeley
November 24, 2001
New Technology and Accessibility of Digital History
Gary Handman, director of the Media Resources Center at UC Berkeley, has been
at the forefront of digital recording technology and online presentation for
many years. He spoke about the resources of his center in the Moffitt Undergraduate
Library (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/level2.html) relative to documentation
November 7, 2001
Luisa Passerini, visiting scholar at UCB Department of Italian Studies, Professor,
European University in Florence: "Between Silence and Oblivion." Passerini presented
a road map relating the theoretical base of oral history to her oral histories
of Italian working class, the new left, feminism, and terrorism in Europe.
October 17, 2001
Susan Rasky of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and former Congressional
correspondent for the New York Times: "Mervin Field: California's Pollster and
Interpreter to the Nation." Rasky discussed her on going life-interview series
with Mervin Field, who was a student of George Gallup and also a pioneer in political
September 19, 2001
Caroline Crawford, ROHO music interviewer, introduced Ronnie Stewart, Bay Area
Blues Society director: "California Blues Oral History Project." They discussed
oral histories of Oakland blues musicians of the 1950s. The presentation included
musical excerpts from legendary bluesmen and oral history excerpts from an interview
of Charles Brown.
April 20, 2001
Tomas Sandoval, U.C. Department of History, presented his work from a forth coming
dissertation entitled, Latino Community formation in San Francisco 1945-1970.
The focus was "Oral Histories and the Making of San Francisco's Latino Identity." Sandoval
argued that oral history was a substantive method for gaining information as
well as contesting stereotypes of Hispanics. He discussed the appropriateness
of oral history for filling in the political record before memory becomes distorted.
March 23, 2001
Dr. Fay Wemberly, formerly of UC's African History Department, spoke on the topic: "Using
Oral Histories to Understand the Role of Religion in the Integration of Brazil" This
presentation included extensive interviews with second and third generation children
of former slaves in Brazil. Dr. Wemberly's talk was taken from her larger work:
and Politics 1790-1990
February 23, 2001
Dr. Leanne Hinton, Professor of
Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley and Vice-Dean of Students, presented a paper on Native
American Songs as Oral History. Dr. Hinton argued that: "Our notions about oral
history can be broadened by examining different ways in which other cultures
view audience, evaluation, and other components of performance." Focus on Havasupai
Indians of Arizona.
January 26, 2001
Alex Prisadsky from UC Berkeley's Recording Sound Studio presented a show and
tell about the latest technology in tape recording. This was a nuts and bolts
presentation and by all accounts a session that should be a mainstay of the working
group and a feature of ROHO.
November 27, 2000
Dr. David Wellman, Professor of Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz and Research
Fellow at the Institute for Social Change at UC Berkeley, presented a paper "Documenting
the Invisible." This was based on his extensive collection of workers' oral histories,
which in part discuss his work conducting workers' oral histories. He argued
that oral history is the critical tool for documenting the formation of labor
institutional structures which negotiate for workers and impact the work process.
Dr. Wellman also has written extensively on unions and white racism. Recently
he has testified in judicial cases involving discrimination.
October 26, 2000
Margo McBane, Director of the Oral History Center and Professor of Public History,
University of Texas at El Passo: "The Hispanic Labor Force in the Early Citrus
Industry in Southern California" Included taped oral histories and video documentary.
September 21, 2000
Dr. Rina Benmayor, Professor of Social Science at California State University
at Monterey Bay, presented a power-point computer demonstration of how she conducts,
edits and produces oral histories with students about their community.
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