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Race and Power Symposium Program

Assessing the Role of Race and Power in Oral History Theory and Practice
A Virtual Symposium

Co-Sponsored by the Oral History Center at the University of California, Berkeley
& The Oral History Association
June 27-29, 2022


Day 1

8:30-11 AM Pacific/11:30 AM-2 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Session One: Renovating the Invisible Architectures of Institution-Community Relations
Chair: Amanda Tewes, Oral History Center, University of California, Berkeley
Discussant: Adrienne Cain, Institute for Oral History, Baylor University

  1. “So, which one of those universities you from? Rethinking the Long-term Impact of Institutionally Sponsored Oral History Projects in Black Communities,” Allison Mitchell, University of Virginia
  2. “’Before the Last of These Ex-Slaves Had Passed Irrevocably into History’: The Roots of Institutional Oral History in Ophelia Settle Egypt’s Work at Fisk University” Anna Kaplan, Independent Scholar
  3. “Sharing Authority, Genealogy, and Oral History: Expanding the Narrative of Persons Enslaved by William & Mary through Community-Centered Research,” Jajuan Johnson, The Lemon Project, College of William and Mary

12:30-3 PM Pacific/3:30-6 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Session Two: New Approaches to Place-Based Collecting and Exhibits
Chair: Linda Shopes Independent Historian
Discussant: Romeo Guzmán, Claremont Graduate University

  1.     “Finding the Haitians in Chicago: Building a Digital Archive with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago,” Courtney Pierre Joseph, Lake Forest College
  2.     “Undermining Racist Narratives about a Region,” John Hinshaw and Ivette Guzmán Zavala, Lebanon Valley College
  3. “Collecting for the Now: Oral Histories and Missed Opportunities,” Fiona Vernal, University of Connecticut

Day 2

8:30-11 AM Pacific/11:30 AM-2 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Session Three: Language, Consciousness, and “Race”
Chair: Kelly Navies, Museum Specialist, Oral Historian at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Discussant:  Alysia Steele, University of Mississippi

  1.     “Race: What Blacks and Whites Feel and Think about The American Obsession,” Alan Stein, the Consortium of Oral History Educators and Alphine Jefferson, Randolph – Macon College
  2.  “Storying Black Youth Politics: Narrative Inquiry and the Autobiographical Histories of Black Adolescent Activists,” Edward Scott, University of Virginia
  3. “Lost in Transcription: Evidence of Language Oppression in Oral History Transcripts,” Alexander Banks, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Seminole Tribe of Florida

12:30-3 PM Pacific/3:30-6 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Session Four: Getting Interpersonal
Chair: Holly Werner-Thomas, Independent Scholar & Consultant
Discussant: Noah Schoen, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

  1. “Dialogue Across Difference: Peer-to-peer oral histories in support of diversity, equity and inclusion work in a high school setting,” John Hutchinson, Marin Academy
  2. “This Has to Be a Purely Personal Thing: Interpersonal, Interdependent Engagements As A Means to Escape the Whiteness of Oral History,” N. Nathalie Nia Faulk, Last Call Oral History Project and Sophie Ziegler, the Louisiana Trans Oral History Project
  3. “Contesting the ‘Official’ Narrative through Testimonios: (Re)imagining Strategies and Approaches to Historical Memory and Trauma,” Daisy Herrera, University of California, Riverside

Day 3

8:30-11 AM Pacific/11:30 AM-2 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Session Five: Oral History and Reparations
Chair: Jess Douglas, Independent Archivist, MLIS candidate, University of Maryland, College Park
Discussant: TBD

  1. “‘You don’t know the whole story’: Toward a Reparative, Antiracist Archive of Racial Terror Lynching in Maryland,” Charles Chavis, Jr., George Mason University and Jack Del Nunzio, the Carroll County Coalition of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project
  2. “The Keywords Are Reparations and Restitution,” Alissa Rae Funderburk, Jackson State University and Fanny Garcia, Independent Scholar
  3. “The Doris Duke Native Revitalization Project: The Possibilities and the Limits of Reparative Description,” Kate Stewart and Brooke Blizzard, The Doris Duke Native Oral History Revitalization Project at the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona

12:30-3 PM Pacific/3:30-6 PM Eastern Time, U.S.

Session Six: Where Do We Go From Here?
Chair: Benji de la Piedra, University of the District of Columbia and OHA Equity Audit Task Force
Discussants: OHA Equity Audit Task Force: Anna Kaplan, Independent Scholar, Washington, D.C.; Daisy Herrera, University of California, Riverside; and Nairy Abd El Shafy, Independent Scholar, Cairo.

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