The Brooklyn Historical Society, Clinton and Pierrepont Streets, will present “Listening to Women: Documenting Women’s Lives through Oral History”, a six week non-credit course taught by Sady Sullivan, 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 course will meet at BHS on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm, March 18 through April 29. The fee is $250 ($200 for BHS members). Admission is limited to 15 students, and the registration deadline is this Wednesday, February 25. You may register through the BHS website.