The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Non-GC Events

Fall 2019 Workshop Series at OHMA

Oral history could not exist without storytelling. Oral histories are always full of stories, often stories that have been handed down, passed around, honed through performance. And as we seek to amplify oral histories, the storytelling arts become crucial tools in the oral historian’s toolbox. Yet academic oral history has often defined itself in contrast to storytelling and to oral traditions.

In this series, we will explore the relationships between oral history and storytelling. As a practice that values life experiences that cannot be contained in tidy stories, what can oral history offer in a moment when storytelling is ubiquitous in the public sphere? How can a focus on storytelling illuminate the performative, creative, social, and cultural aspects of oral history that are not always prioritized in its practice?

Check out the list of our Fall workshops and a sneak preview of the Spring events!

Schedule at a Glance

September 12, 2019
Europe according to Auschwitz: Experiments from the Laboratory of Reportage

September 19, 2019
Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City

September 26, 2019
Oral History and Indigenous Peoples: Rethinking Oral History, Methods, Politics and Theories

October 3, 2019
Finding Fathers: A Cautionary Tale for Oral Historians

October 24, 2019
Standing With Sky Woman: A conversation on cultural fluency

November 7, 2019
“Necessary as Water”: Queer Black Ceremony and the Depth of Listening