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College of Social Sciences
Thanks to a grant from the Luso American foundation and the support of Fresno State's
newly launched Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute, Fresno State will offer the first
ever summer oral history institute to community members.
The institute seeks to train community historians in the techniques of oral history.
A strong university oral history program draws heavily on the stories of the community
around the university. Thus, Fresno State seeks the participation of community members
as we begin recording and writing the rich and diverse history of California's Central
Valley. Oral historians often speak about creating the archive. Creating an archive
is especially important in our Central Valley region which has long been overlooked
in the historical literature.
Students who participate will learn about interviewing techniques, the ethics of oral history, and why oral history
matters. Participants will receive all materials needed including books, articles, and supplies such as a loaner
machine to record oral histories. A variety of scholars will present different types
of oral histories and why they are important.
July 22 to 26 students will work on their own schedule with the help of mentors to
work on curating one or more oral histories. Presentations and an exhibit will occur
in early August.
We hope you can join us this summer (and beyond the summer) as we work to uncover
the amazingly rich and diverse history of our Central Valley.
For any questions, contact Dean Dr. Michelle DenBeste at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dennis Borges at email@example.com