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Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate Listening Workshop
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When: 5/17/2013
9:00 AM
Where: Vermont Folklife Center
88 Main Street
Middlebury, Vermont 
United States

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Do you have a really interesting interview project in mind but don’t quite
know where to begin or how to proceed? The Vermont Folklife Center is
hosting a daylong workshop, Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate
Listening on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Vermont
Folklife Center’s headquarters in Middlebury.

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.

Led by Vermont Folklife Center Co-Directors Gregory Sharrow and Andy
Kolovos, this workshop will help you develop a plan for a field research
project, provide hands-on experience with digital recording equipment, and
offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview
findings. Our goal in offering this workshop is to support participants in
developing their own project ideas. As Andy Kolovos observes, "Oral history
is a powerful tool for engaging with collective memory, identifying shared
values, and understanding how human beings draw on the past to inform action
in the present.”

Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate Listening is a part of the
Vermont Folklife Center’s Cultural Sustainability Institute workshop series
Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience
in the present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future.

This workshop is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is
May 15
.  Registration forms and tuition information are available on line at or by calling (802) 388-4964. All classes are
held at the Vermont Folklife Center building at 88 Main Street in downtown

The 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 peoples of Vermont.

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