Anthropology and Oral History: the Latina History Project in the News

Anthropology News recently featured an interview with Dr. Brenda Sendejo about the Latina History Project at Southwestern, which is headed by Sendejo and Dr. Alison Kafer. Sendejo, a Chicana feminist anthropologist, partnered with the [True] Stories Project in the spring of 2016, and Kafer is currently partnering with us for her class, “Feminist and Queer Activisms.” Charlotte Nunes, a former PI of the [True] Story Project, also worked on the Latina History Project while she was a postdoc fellow at Southwestern. We are so proud to be associated with these dedicated historians and researchers. Please check out the interview with Sendejo and her student, Tori Vasquez, to learn more about the Latina History Project and the impact it has had.

Video of Webinar with Gabriel Solis of the Texas After Violence Project now available


On Friday, April 22, 2016, the [True] Stories Project and the Latina History Project at Southwestern University co-sponsored a webinar with Gabriel Daniel Solis, Executive Director of the Texas After Violence Project.  Solis discussed his experiences with and reflections on oral history as a mode of social justice practice.  If you couldn’t tune in for the webinar, access the complete video recording below.



Webinar with Gabriel Solis of the Texas After Violence Project

Please join us for a webinar on Friday, 4/22, at 10 AM CST/11 AM EST with Gabriel Daniel Solis of the Texas After Violence Project.  Solis will talk about  his experiences with and reflections on oral history as a mode of social justice practice.  Solis’s bio and details for joining the webinar appear below.


Gabriel Daniel Solis is the Executive Director of the Texas After Violence Project.  Prior to returning to the Texas After Violence Project, where he previously served as Project Coordinator and Associate Director, Solis worked as a post-conviction mitigation investigator for the Texas Office of Capital and Forensic Writs. Gabriel was also a researcher at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and coordinator of the Rule of Law Oral History Project at Columbia University. He has conducted research on policing, mass incarceration, the death penalty, and the effects of violence and trauma on families and communities. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Topic: Webinar with Gabe Solis of the Texas After Violence Project
Time: Apr 22, 2016 10:00 AM CST/11:00 AM EST
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
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    Meeting ID: 471 486 704

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.

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Or Telephone:

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Meeting ID: 317 692 836

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

Please join the [True] Stories Project in partnership with the Latina History Project at Southwestern University for the upcoming speaker event:

brendasendejo_picOral History Methods: A Discussion with Dr. Brenda Sendejo

Time: Friday, April 1, at 10:00am CST/ 11:00am EST

Dr. Sendejo is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Affiliate in Feminist Studies and Latin American Studies at Southwestern University.

You can join the webinar from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 582 393 907
International numbers available:

A recording of the webinar will be posted on this site following the event.

Telling [True] Stories with Primary Sources from the Archives

This clip of Rollins grads, Jack and Priscilla Northrup (’49), is far from a complete oral history. However, it is a creative example of how primary sources from the archives can help tell the story of interviewees in a powerful way. In this case, historic photos, yearbooks, and an old report card become meaningful artifacts of unique experiences recalled by this lovable duo.

Have you thought about using materials from the archives as a tool in your own oral history work?

If so, what types of sources could help to tell the stories of your oral history subjects?


Welcome to the [True] Stories Project!

The [True] Stories project aims to support classroom-centered, multidisciplinary, and collaborative oral history curricula for undergraduates at three Liberal Arts Colleges (Rollins College, Davidson College, and Southwestern University).  Check out our About page for more details on the project.  Follow our project blog below to see how oral history is playing a role in teaching and learning at all three campuses.

See our Events Calendar for upcoming True Stories webinars, speaker events, and grant documentation deadlines, as well as oral history training, conference, and publishing opportunities.

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