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Talk on Using Online Video Oral Histories across Disciplines Set for Mar. 20

oral history microphoneThanks to the Internet, educators now have unprecedented access to oral histories.  In a talk at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in Knight Library's Browsing Room, Santa Clara University English Professor Jill Goodman Gould and SCU Instruction Librarian Gail Gradowski will examine the way that video oral histories can be used and integrated in many different university courses.

A wide range of oral histories is now readily available to educators, from small collections like Ball State University’s video interviews of 40 members of the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division from the Vietnam War to large archives of oral histories such the Densho Digital Archive of over 600 video interviews documenting the Japanese American internment during WWII.

Goodman Gould and Gradowski will share their own experiences using a videotape collection of Holocaust testimonies in an advanced writing course at Santa Clara University and will survey a range of other university courses in various disciplines that currently use online interviews and testimonies as part of their curriculum.

The variety is already impressive and it is growing very quickly along with links to educational tools and supporting resources. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the wealth of oral history material available for teaching in multiple disciplines.

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