Hall Center For The Humanities


Oral History Workshop VI
Oral History Workshop

Oral History Workshop

Fri., Mar. 18, 2005, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Kansas Union Ballroom
Learning to Hear the Stories VI: Listening in the Borderlands, a workshop on oral history and tradition. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Shifting Borders of Race & Identity Project, conducted by KU and Haskell Indian Nations University, and supported by the Ford Foundation.

The workshop will be held on Friday, March 18, 2005 at the Ballroom in the Kansas Union on the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Oral history is the history of experience. It is the stories of average people and how they live. Proponents say this kind of history is important because it can tell us much more about culture and society than can a history text that focuses only on famous people and circumstances. Oral history can also teach us about the experiences of marginalized groups, who are commonly left out of traditional history.

The research interests of the two main speakers for this year?s event are African American and Native American intersections. Angela Y. Walton-Raji is an Arkansas native who located her family records among those of the Choctaw Nation, substantiating a multicultural heritage often spoken about from family oral history. Patrick Minges, a professor at Davidson Middle College in Lexington, North Carolina is the author of Black Indian Slave Narratives and Slavery in the Cherokee Nations: The Keetoowah Society and Defining a People: 1855-1867.

Walton-Raji?s talk will focus on how her own oral history impacted her scholarship and the importance of oral history in Afro-Native genealogy.

Minges will discuss the use of slave narratives in chronicling the lives of Afro-Native people. His research on slave narratives from the Federal Writer?s Project in the 1930?s will serve as a foundation for his talk.

Additionally, historian Al Broussard, KU?s Langston Hughes Visiting Professor and former president of the Oral History Association, and Cynthia Chavez, curator of the National Museum of the American Indian ?Our Lives? exhibit will also be among the presenters for the event.

Other workshops will cover topics such as technology and the oral history interview, Korean communities in Kansas, testimonies from women at The Hague and the border crossings between Mexican and First Nation sojourners.

The workshop will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided to those who register by February 28th. Interested persons should contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-4798.
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