The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton), will present a seminar on the topic “Listening to Women: Documenting Women’s Lives through Oral History”, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30, beginning March 24 and ending May 5, with no session on March 31. This non-credit seminar will be taught by Sady Sullivan, the oral historian at BHS.
This seminar will introduce the practice of Oral History as an historical methodology, a unique narrative genre, and a tool in the reconciliation of social injustices. It will be interdisciplinary, drawing from history, sociology, memoir, and gender studies. We will examine oral history in all its forms — audio, video, print, and exhibit — and in a variety of settings — museums, schools, archives, performance, radio, and online. In particular, we will consider the dynamics of listening to, recognizing, and validating the voices of women, who may not know their stories have an audience. In addition to learning the theory and background of oral history, students will learn the practical and technical information needed to conduct their own interviews.
The fee for the seminar is $250 ($200 for BHS members). More information is available at the BHS website.