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Oral History: From Creation to Interpretation

2016 Thesis Showcase Series
Featured Projects

This year in OHMA, we have been reflecting on the convergence of academic rigor, public-facing dialogue, and an anti-oppression framework. We encourage you to contemplate the following questions while engaging with our selected students’ work:

  • What does it mean to balance ethical standards and analytical audacity while pursuing transdisciplinary practice?
  • How can we serve the needs of the communities we collaborate with and seek to engage a larger populace?
  • How can we conduct interviews acknowledging historical structures of oppression and implement projects that generate social change?

 

The Banishment of Carrots (2012), Sam Robson

That Something Else (2014), Benji de la Piedra

 

For an additional look at our students’ projects through the years—exploring the convergences of oral history and activism, memory, identity, and beyond—tour their diverse thesis websites, crowdfunded campaigns, and Academic Commons submissions. Each project offers reflections based within the authors’ scholarly research, ethical frameworks, and personal experience. Our students construct digital spaces that encourage a synthesis of public outreach and community engagement, amplifying the narrators stories to a broader audience.

All My Songs Are In the Past (2008),   Lauren Taylor

Grants Tomb (2009), Sarah Dziedzic

Grants Tomb (2009), Sarah Dziedzic

Groundswell (2010), Sarah Loose

Groundswell (2010), Sarah Loose

Nothing About Us Without Us (2010), Nicki Pombier Berger

Nothing About Us Without Us (2010), Nicki Pombier Berger

Half Life of Memory (2010), Lisa Polay

Half Life of Memory (2010), Lisa Polay

Stores of Memory (2010), Liza Zapol

Stores of Memory (2010), Liza Zapol

Love: The Mix Tape (2011), Lamar Lovelace

Love: The Mix Tape (2011), Lamar Lovelace

Wild Abandon (2011), Katy Morris

Wild Abandon (2011), Katy Morris

Stories of the Skin (2012), Ellen Brooks

Stories of the Skin (2012), Ellen Brooks

Ambiguous Borders (2012), Shannon Geis

Ambiguous Borders (2012), Shannon Geis

Sandylore (2012), Miriam Laytner

Sandylore (2012), Miriam Laytner

A Country Between (2012), Kyana Moghadam

A Country Between (2012), Kyana Moghadam

The Weight of Words (2012), Sara Wolcott Weinberg

The Weight of Words (2012), Sara Wolcott Weinberg

Failure to Materialize (2013), Allison Corbett

Failure to Materialize (2013), Allison Corbett

New York Es La Frontera (2015), Pablo Baeza

New York Es La Frontera (2015), Pablo Baeza

  • Chicago/Turabian Student Theses: StudentLastName, FirstName. “ThesisTitle.” Oral History master's thesis, Columbia University, YearofPublication. Student Audio Pieces: StudentLastName, FirstName. “AudioPieceTitle.” Oral History Works. Audio interview excerpt, NarratorFirstNameLastName, DateofPublication. SoundCloudURL. © All rights reserved to author.