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Oral History and the Art of the Interview

"Oral History and the Art of the Interview" will take place April 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT.

Oral History and the Art of the Interview 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 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.

From the perspective of ethnographic research, an interview offers the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of another person. The premise of our interview methodology is that everyone is the foremost authority on their own life, and an interview offers the opportunity to capture a person’s experience in the their own words and on their own terms.

Led by Vermont Folklife Center Co-directors, Gregory Sharrow and Andy Kolovos, this workshop will help participants develop a plan for an oral history research project and will offer a forum for brainstorming ideas for public outreach based on interview findings. Workshop attendees will also have ongoing access to Vermont Folklife Center staff for consultation as they later undertake their own oral history, ethnographic, and qualitative research projects.

Oral History and the Art of the Interview 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.

The tuition for this workshop is $95. Attendance is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is April 20. The registration form is available on line at, or register by calling (802) 388-4964. This workshop will be held at the Vermont Folklife Center building at 88 Main Street in downtown Middlebury.

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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