[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: https://zoom.us/j/582393907

Or iPhone one-tap: 16465687788,582393907# or 14157629988,582393907#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) or +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 582 393 907
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=QIC3jY57LokdDGju5FHa0jx8lPMihN1C

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?

 

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