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Vermont Folklife Center's Cultural Sustainability Institute Offers Two Workshops in May

Monday, April 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The Vermont Folklife Center's Cultural Sustainability Institute is hosting two workshops this May:

"Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate Listening"

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.

"Recording 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.

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants and the registration deadline is May 6.

Registration form is available on line at, or register by calling (802) 388-4964. This class 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 cultures of Vermont.

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