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Emory Oral History Program: Meet Our Staff
This is a guide to resources on the Oral History Program at Emory.
Oral history offers an incredibly diverse field centered around the firm belief that the stories of people matter and should be heard and preserved. Individual experiences, narrated in ones their own words, are powerful. They allow people to reflect on their past and present, delve into the operations of living memory, and speak to future researchers, educators, and interested parties. My role is to promote oral history at Emory and in Atlanta through workshops, consultations, partnerships, and project development. At the Emory Oral History Program, we aim to continually expand our efforts as oral history creators and simultaneously contribute to the oral history community at Emory University and beyond.
Scott is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. His work focuses on the intersection of science, culture, and history in the Arctic. He looks at local and transnational climate science in Greenland, examining how different groups of researchers think about the future of the environment and make their work meaningful in the context of contemporary Greenlandic life and politics. He is committed to the use of oral histories in his research and teaching, believing that the stories of individuals can shed light on global processes and history in the making. Scott joined EOHP in 2019 and is interested in developing partnerships and off-campus to continue building the archive and our understandings of Atlanta and the Emory Community.
I joined the Emory Oral History Program because I believe that everyone’s perspective and experiences are valuable and the EOHP provides a place for that to be preserved. This is a place where those who are often underrepresented can leave their voice in history, and I think that is powerful!
As a member of the Emory Oral History Program, I am interested in individual and community narratives that illustrate the complex ways in which identity, culture, and memory meet. I aim to facilitate a path forstories unnoticed by the mainstream media and traditional research approaches. Since joining the program in 2019, I have been working with team members to broaden our connection both on and off-campus at Emory University and to develop appropriateapproaches for conducting interviews and collecting narratives. My experience in doing ethnography among minority ethno-religious groups in the Middle East has provided me with skills and knowledge I can apply to the program.
Oral history was originally very new to me, but I have found a lot of value in listening to peoples’ stories and experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic. It seems like now more than ever, we are constantly going through historical events. It’s vital to preserve these voices for the future.
Everyone's experience is unique, whether they think so or not. I love hearing people's stories and about their various backgrounds. On a personal level, listening to so many different perspectives is one of the best ways to broaden one's understanding of the world and learn how to think more critically. On an academic level, it's important to capture how people experience historical events from a micro perspective. Oral history also allows the narrator to control how their experience is viewed and gives a platform to previously underrepresented voices.