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Friday, June 19 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Groundswell: Oral History, Research Justice, & Activism

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Is oral history a cultural practice? A movement-building tool? A challenge to Eurocentric/Colonial research methods? A catalyst for action? Or all of the above? We will explore the role of oral history in movement-relevant scholarship and movements for justice. We will learn how projects use oral history to support grassroots organizing in rural communities, facilitate movements for housing justice, and address institutional betrayal in higher education. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges of oral history for research and activism.


Sarah Loose

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, Rural Organizing Project
Sarah is an oral historian, popular educator & grassroots community organizer. She uses the practice & products of oral history to document and support movements for justice. She is coordinating a project to explore the impacts of migration on breastfeeding practices among immigrant... Read More →
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Cynthia Tobar

Artist/Oral historian/Archivist, Bronx Community College (BCC), CUNY
As an oral historian, artist, and archivist, I am passionate about making public history freely accessible to the community. I seek to capture stories that highlight the meaningful connections between people, communities and public policy.

Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 208
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