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Learn how to record oral history interviews with your family, friends, and community.

This course will introduce DC Oral History Collaborative’s interviewers—you!—to the best practices of doing oral history, to empower you with the basic tools for developing your own style and approach to realizing the Collaborative’s overall aim: preserving DC’s rich past through oral history interviews with a wide range of its residents.

This course is structured to follow the full cycle of an oral history interview, from conception to processing. We will discuss practical and theoretical considerations of doing oral history–including during COVID– in order to demonstrate the distinctive, interdisciplinary mindset that oral historians take to their work. Because oral history is best learned “on the job,” the instructor will ask you to do activities and to discuss your experiences along the way.

This workshop consists of three sessions – registrants must commit to participating in each session.

Tuesday, June 1st from 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, June 8th from 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, June 15th from 6:30-8:30pm

This virtual program will take place remotely via Zoom. Participants will receive three (3) emails from Zoom with a unique link for each meeting at the time of registration.

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