The [True] Stories Project Presents Daniel Horowitz Garcia, StoryCorps Regional Manager


The [True] Stories Project and Rollins College is proud to host

Daniel Horowitz Garcia, StoryCorps Regional Manager

in an hour-long talk, workshop, and Q&A about StoryCorps and Oral History

Tune in through our [True] Stories YouTube Channel

Dr. Miller’s RCC Class Submits Interviews to the College Archives

As the semester is winding down, class oral histories and interviews are beginning to be submitted to College Archives so that the work of our students will be preserved for the long-term and accessible to the next generation of researchers.

Check out these great interviews from Dr. Miller’s class at Rollins College!

Kennedy Butler Interview –

Taylor Boyd Interview –

Peter Haddad Interview –

Listening in Interviews: A Journalist-Turned-Historian’s Perspective – Dr. Leslie Pool of Rollins College

Dr. Leslie Poole of Rollins College talked to a Dr. Stone’s Listening class in the spring of 2016 about how she conducted interviews as a female journalist and how listening played a part of her approach. Her discussion is riddled with lots of good advice for interviewers, including tips such as embodying neutrality while having empathy; asking for clarification when you don’t understand; and letting the interviewee do the talking.

Poole also discusses balancing research and interviews to find the facts, evoking longer responses from interviewees, and even how to get a good interview with a person who is also running errands.

New Fall 2016 Classes Categories Available

filefolderATTENTION: Instructors and students, all Fall 2016 course categories are now available and usable for posts on the blog! Just select your course name from the list of folders on the right to see what your classmates, students, or instructor have posted. And don’t forget to tag your own posts with your class name and “Fall 2016 Classes.”  A list of all the new courses for this semester are below.

  • Listening (COM 230), Prof. Stone
  • The Revolution Will Note Be Televised (RCC 100), Prof. Miller
  • Decade of Decision – the 1950s (HIS 120), Prof. Chambliss
  • Oral History (EDU 290), Prof. Kelly and Prof. Christian-Lamb
  • Feminist and Queer Activisms (FST464/RES464), Prof. Kafer

Webinar on Oral Histories and Copyright, the IRB, and Other Ethical Considerations, Dr. Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller, Director of the Olin Library at Rollins College, talks about issues of copyright in oral histories. Miller’s main takeaways? Plan ahead and get it in writing. Watch/listen to his webinar below for tips on how to navigate the murky waters of copyright.

pointingright Be sure to check out Oral History Copyright and Beyond – Related Resources to access the materials Jonathan references.

Participant questions included:

  1. What are some of the copyright basics that we need to be familiar with as people who are going into oral history work?
  2. Who controls the copyright of the interview if it is technically a tangible, fixed work?
  3. In today’s world of the internet, does it matter if an oral history product is available online or not?
  4. What happens if there is a consent form saying the material will be stored in a digital repository, but it doesn’t specify how that material might be used in the future?
  5. Potential commercial value or profit often plays into people’s choices to provide access, and if it’s content that could be potentially profitable — say somebody with a high profile — that kind of complicates things. How does this relate to personality rights — the idea of somebody’s public persona being controlled?
  6. What about when someone wants to remain anonymous, or remain anonymous up to a certain point?

Thanks so much to Jonathan for this enlightening talk! and the StoryCorps Mobile App

mobiletextA few weeks ago I experimented with StoryCorps’ App for the first time and learned a lot about my friend and colleague, Sharon Williams, in the process. Sharon is the Acquisitions and Office Coordinator for the Cataloging and Systems Department at the Olin Library here at Rollins College. She is a free spirit and nature-lover who has worked in libraries for almost three decades. I was so happy to get to know Sharon better today, and grateful that she gave some of her time for this interview.

pastedImageListen to our interview here and download the StoryCorps App on your mobile device to try it out yourself! The [True] Stories team will be posting tutorials and tool reviews about the StoryCorps App sometime in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned! 

Oral History, Copyright, and Beyond: A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Miller

We are happy to invite you to another [True] Stories speaker event:

JMimageOral History, Copyright, and Beyond: A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Miller of Rollins College

Time:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 10:00am EST/ 9:00am CT

Rollins College’s Library Director, Dr. Jonathan Miller, will lead us in a conversation about copyright as well as other ethical and practical considerations involved with oral history work.

Dr. Miller earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 and wrote his dissertation on the role of librarians and libraries in the development of copyright law. His research and writing interests also include copyright history, open access publishing, and library management. In addition to his many publications, awards, and accomplishments, Dr. Miller is active in the Association of College & Research Libraries where he enjoys engaging in advocacy and government relations work. You can view Dr. Miller’s CV online here and a selection of his recent publications here.

Please join us and bring your questions! This event will also be recorded and an edited copy will be available afterwards on the [True] Stories website.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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Or Telephone:

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Meeting ID: 317 692 836

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Listening in Interviews: A Journalist-Turned-Historian’s Perspective, Dr. Leslie Poole of Rollins College

Please join us for tomorrow’s [True] Stories speaker event:

Leslie_snipListening in Interviews: A Journalist-Turned-Historian’s Perspective, with Dr. Leslie Poole of Rollins College

Time: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:00pm EST /1:00pm CT

Award-winning writer and historian, Dr. Leslie Poole, will lead a Rollins classroom talk for Dr. Anne Stone’s Listening Class, discussing the listening styles and interview strategies she cultivated as a journalist with deadlines, assignments, questionable sources, and a diverse readership base. She will also compare those approaches to methodologies used in traditional oral history work, a field she has become well versed in during her more recent years as a historian and professor at Rollins College.

Leslie’s talk will be followed by a classroom and chat room Q and A session, so join us and bring your questions! This event will also be recorded and an edited copy will be available afterwards on the [True] Stories website.

Join from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android here:

Or Join by Telephone:

Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 438 218 836

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[True] Stories Webinar on Oral History Methods, Dr. Brenda Sendejo

Dr. Brenda Sendejo, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, talks about oral history methods and best practices in the context of the Austin-based Latina Spiritualities Project and the student-driven Latina History Project at Southwestern University.

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Click here to watch the video recording of Dr. Brenda Sendejo’s webinar

Here are a list of the questions participants asked:

  1. In the context of multilingual oral history projects, sometimes meaning and words get lost in translation. Do you recommend a translator to help mediate this? And does that change the dynamic of the interview?
  2. Do you tend to provide questions in advance for any of your interviewees who might feel they need to prepare themselves for the interview?
  3. What about using photos or newspaper clippings as “conversation starters“? Is that influencing the interviewee’s recall too much, or, alternatively, does it serve to lead the discussion in a productive direction?
  4. Is it effective to capture the interview on video as well as audio, since an oral history can be an emotional journey for the interviewee their emotional responses can be a critical piece of their story? Or, does a video recorder tend to make people too self-conscious or even uncomfortable?

See how Dr. Sendejo responded to these questions during the Q and A by watching the video in full (above) or clicking on the individual chapter links in the far left corner of the video viewer. The slides and audio from this presentation are also available separately at the links below.

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“In Conversation: The Zora Neale Hurston I Remember”

In a recording from just a few weeks back at the 27th Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts in Winter Park, Florida, Zora’s friends and relatives offer amazingly personal stories about the time they spent with the talented writer and folklorist who called Eatonville her home.

Sights, sounds, and smells play a critical part in their recollections as they recount what it was like to visit Hurston and her home. In one heartfelt comment, Mrs. Ella Johnson Dinkins (daughter of Hurston’s Eatonville friend, Addie G. Johnson), remembered Zora’s affection for her and the other children of Eatonville even after many years of notoriety and success – “Zora comforted us as children […] She came to us as a mother would, […] she would always cover us, [and] love us children, because that was just her way.”

[This video recording was provided by the organizer of the 27th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities — The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) — and supported by the [True] Stories grant as well as Rollins College.]