Podcast: Oral History for Movement Building

In this podcast from the Southern Oral History Program, Press Record, I discuss my work organizing the Cleveland Homelessness Oral History Project and my views on oral history and activism.  

New Exhibit: Whose Town?

Whose Town? The DC Employment Justice Research Project Drawing on the first hand stories of unhoused people’s working experiences, “Whose Town?” seeks to offer insight into the complicated reality of low-wage labor in Washington, DC. The site draws upon twenty-one oral history interviews that were conducted in 2015 in locations across downtown Washington, DC.

Should the Oral Historian Laugh?

You have multiple and at times competing objectives in an oral history interview.  Most importantly you want a great interview, where the person reflects deeply about her or his life experiences and offers her or his interpretations of the past.  Doing so depends on developing rapport and also asking tough questions — questions that may […]

Knowing the People Requires Being on Their Side

In a piece published for the Public History Commons, “Knowing the People Requires Being on Their Side,” I draw on my personal experience to reflect on the relationship between history, historians, and social movements.

An Engaged Historian?

With this blog I hope to explore the relationship among activism, social change, and history.  Can the study of history facilitate movement building in community?  Can a transparently subjective approach to the past lead to a sharper understanding of the world we live in?  What does it mean to be an engaged historian?  These are […]