Hall Center For The Humanities


Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Oral History to Understand Our Present: Opportunities at All Ages and Levels
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Fri., Jun. 18, 2010, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall
Co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
This event is free and open to the public.

Join us for a public lecture, "Oral History to Understand our Present: Opportunities at All Ages and Levels." Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, who spearheaded the U.S. Latino & Latina World War II Oral History Project, will deliver the lecture, which is open to the public.

The project has collected interviews with over 700 men and women throughout the country. It has several components designed to reach audiences ranging from school children, to academics, to the general public. Those components include conferences, books, a two-act play, (through Arizona State University Public Events and the University of Texas' Performing Arts Center), educational materials. At the heart of the project is a rich archive of primary source material, in the form of videotaped interviews, photographs and other documentation

Oral history projects abound today ranging from grade school students interviewing their grandparents, to adults interviewing World War II veterans. Rivas-Rodriguez will discuss the more profound questions and issues that face all oral historians. She will tell about her own experiences, and what has worked and has not worked, and she will offer her thoughts about what factors should be considered at various points. What are common problems and challenges in oral histories at different levels? What questions should you ask yourself?

Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez has more than 17 years of daily news experience, mostly as a reporter for the Boston Globe, WFAA-TV in Dallas and the Dallas Morning News. Her most recent professional journalism work was for the Morning News state desk as bureau chief of the border bureau, based in El Paso, covering border states.

She received her Ph.D. as a Freedom Forum doctoral fellow from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her masters is from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and her bachelor of journalism degree is from the University of Texas at Austin.
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