The gamut of international professionals will gather in Hudson, NY from June 12 to July 3 for extensive, in-depth workshops concerned with the knack of Oral History. Artists, teachers, human rights workers, writers, social workers, among others will learn the skills necessary to integrate Oral History in their daily practices. Oral History Summer School (OHSS) 2015 will begin its fourth year with an eight-day Oral History Intensive from June 12 to June 19. This intensive workshop will cover interview techniques, technical tutorials, various narratives, archives, song collection, and project design as a means of thorough introduction to the craft of Oral History.
Collecting and Composing: Oral History and Music from June 23 to June 28 will follow the introduction with attention given to repatriation, prison music, radio ballads, and song collection, as well as composition. Students will have the opportunity to collect sounds and songs in the Hudson area.
Memory Loss and Mixed Ability Interviewing brings Summer School to an end from June 29 to July 3. Students will interview people with nontraditional communication methods, with guest instructors present to discuss memory loss and mixed ability interviewing. An area Senior Home and Camphill Hudson are collaborating to provide narratives for this workshop.
Suzanne Snider, founder and director of OHSS, is a writer and historian who has worked as an interviewer for MoMA, Columbia University, HBO Productions, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Prison Public Memory Project, among others. She has taught at Columbia University, New School University, and NYU's Gallatin Program.
Snider has invited Dina Zempsky of Storycorps' Memory Loss Initiative, Nicki Pombier Berger of Nothing About Us Without Us, Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation, LJ Amsterdam of Watershed Center, Ben Harbert of Georgetown University, Sheri Bauer-Mayorga of Good Globe Singing School, Jeffrey Lependorf of Music Omi International Musicians' Residency, and Sady Sullivan of Columbia University to come and instruct throughout OHSS's duration.
For more information on Oral History Summer School 2015, visit their website. http://www.oralhistorysummerschool.com/