For generations, people have passed on their stories, histories, legends and traditions by means of oral narrative. Before pen was put to paper, these narratives were shared and memorized and passed down again and again. Sharing our experiences is how we deepen our connection with one another as humans.
APH students were tasked with discovering the history of a topic of their choosing, and conducting an interview with someone who shares an experience from that particular topic. Then, they would present their interviews in front of the class.
The one-semester elective course Capturing Oral History introduced students to the techniques and practices of the oral history interview, including: the background research, drafting the interview questions, and planning the interview with awareness of the ethics and etiquette of oral history.
Each student produced a well-researched, professionally conducted, transcribed, and contextualized oral history interview of people with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and life experiences. Some of the topics included: animal ethics, the changing role of women in the workplace, and education on the dangers of substance addiction. Students presented their interviews during the Academic Showcase of APH’s Spring Symposium: Express Yourself!