Fall. Besides autumn leaves and season change it is considered a time for new found ideas and shared experiences. And of course, a new school year across ages and institutions. Education. I’ve been thinking a lot about its meaning and what Oral History in Education means to the Oral History Association and its members. If I asked five members if they could share their understanding of Oral History in Education, I would get a different answer from each. As Chair of the Education Committee for OHA, I grapple with this question and I wonder if the Education Committee is meeting the members’ needs. The Committee is made up of a diverse group of people working in varied institutions with K-12 students, adult students, and community members with oral history at the core of their teaching and learning. Our views and expertise are mixed and expansive but we have found commonalities through our conversations.
A discussion we keep circling around is how oral history as a tool is used in the public education realm. We would like to invite you to be part of the dialogue. If you are attending the annual meeting in Oklahoma City this year, join us on Friday, October 11 at 8:30 am in the Continental Room for a Roundtable discussion on The Transformational Power of Oral History to Invigorate Public Education.
If you can’t make the session but would like to become involved with the Education Committee, please feel free to join us for our meeting on Thursday, October 10 at 12:15 in Centennial 2. (Check the program guide for any room changes.)
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