The Vermont Folklife Center's Cultural
Sustainability Institute is hosting two workshops this May:
"Oral History: Community Memory and
Friday, May 15, 2014, 10am to 4pm. $85.
The Oral History: Community Memory and
Passionate Listening workshop combines discussion of the theories and methods
that inform oral history research with practical, hands-on training in oral
history interview techniques. The class begins with a demonstration interview
followed by group discussion of the ethnographic interview process. Attendees
will then work as teams to conduct interviews using provided digital audio
recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion
of project ideas.
Audio for Ethnography and Oral History”
Friday May 29, 2015, 10am-4pm. $85.00
Audio is a powerful medium for capturing
human experience and human expression. In the context of cultural
sustainability efforts, audio is an extremely useful tool for documenting local
knowledge, exploring values and perceptions, and building resources for
understanding and supporting cultural practices.
Attendees will receive a thorough introduction
to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording
microphones, and the use of flash-memory based audio recorders. The workshop
includes hands-on exercises with equipment in an actual interview setting. We
will use the TASCAM DR-40 for these exercises, but the fundamental skills
demonstrated will be applicable to most currently available digital audio
recorders. In addition to the use of this equipment, we will also cover the
selection and purchase of professional digital audio recording gear.
workshop is limited to 15 participants and the registration deadline is May 6.
Vermont Folklife Center's mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our
understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for
our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building
connections among the diverse cultures of Vermont.