Columbia Center for Oral History

Columbia Center for Oral History The Columbia Center for Oral History is the oldest and largest organized oral history program in the world
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The Columbia Center for Oral History is the oldest and largest organized oral history program in the world. Founded in 1948 by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Allan Nevins, the oral history collection now contains 17,000 hours of taped memoirs, and 1,000,000 pages of transcript. The program is also a center for teaching and research, offering opportunities for students, visiting scholars and fellows.

Mission: The Columbia University Center for Oral History (CCOH) is one of the world’s leading centers for the practice and teaching of oral history. CCOH achieves its mission from the union of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) and Columbia Center for Oral History Archives (CCOHA). CCOHR is housed at INCITE, where it administers an ambitious research agenda with the goal to record unique life histories, document the central historical events and memories of our times, provide public programming, and to teach and do research across the disciplines. CCOHR's companion center, CCOHA is housed in the Columbia University Libraries and open to the public, holds more than 8,000 interviews, in audio, video and text formats, on a wide variety of subjects. CCOHA oversees the curatorial and archival functions associated with the research initiatives undertaken at CCOHR.

02/09/2015

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Apply now for the 2015 Summer Institute on population health!
02/02/2015
Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics - INCITE - Summer Institute

Apply now for the 2015 Summer Institute on population health!

The Columbia Center for Oral History Research housed at INCITE is pleased to announce its 2015 Oral History Institute, “Narrating Population Health: Oral History, Disparity, and Social Change,” to be held June 15-26, 2015 at Columbia University in New York City. Increasing economic disparities, war,…

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to apply for the Alliance for a Historical Dialogue Fellowship Program!
01/14/2015
Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability | Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to apply for the Alliance for a Historical Dialogue Fellowship Program!

The AHDA fellowship program gives participants the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, and academic study in historical dialogue and related fields at Columbia University in New York City. The comprehensive fellowship program provides fellows with the opportunity to hone pra…

04/28/2014
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations: Sady Sullivan

Sady Sullivan, of the Brooklyn Historical Society, recently discussed the innovative oral history project, Crossing Borders Bridging Generations with us. Watch the video on our Youtube Channel to learn more about how BHS is using oral history to stimulate community dialogue!

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (cbbg.brooklynhistory.org) is an oral history project exploring the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people a...

Join us this Thursday (4/24) for our last public workshop of the semester: Lost Neighborhood: Making Oral History Centra...
04/22/2014
April 24: Lost Neighborhood: Making Oral History Central in a Museum Exhibition

Join us this Thursday (4/24) for our last public workshop of the semester: Lost Neighborhood: Making Oral History Central in a Museum Exhibition

Ville de Montréal Archives, VM94,SY,SS1,SSS15,U124-002 6-8 PM 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd Street Co-sponsored by the Department of Museum Anthropology Like other North American cities during the 1950s up to the 1970s, Montreal was transformed by major urban renewal projects. A modern city emerged,…

Two days left to apply for CCOHR's Summer Institute, Second Generation Memories & Stories, June 16-27.
04/14/2014
Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics - INCITE - Summer Institute

Two days left to apply for CCOHR's Summer Institute, Second Generation Memories & Stories, June 16-27.

Each summer in New York City, CCOHR sponsors an annual Summer Institute, which brings together oral historians, scholars, activists, and others for two weeks of advanced training in the theory and practice of oral history. Participants work with world-class instructors, network with oral historians…

CCOHR's Summer Institute is right around the corner. Apply by 4/15!
04/11/2014
Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics - INCITE - Summer Institute

CCOHR's Summer Institute is right around the corner. Apply by 4/15!

Each summer in New York City, CCOHR sponsors an annual Summer Institute, which brings together oral historians, scholars, activists, and others for two weeks of advanced training in the theory and practice of oral history. Participants work with world-class instructors, network with oral historians…

Join CCOH and OHMA this Thursday when Sady Sullivan, of the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations project (http://cbbg....
03/21/2014
Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics - INCITE - Upcoming Events - Public...

Join CCOH and OHMA this Thursday when Sady Sullivan, of the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations project (http://cbbg.brooklynhistory.org) joins us to discuss CBBG's experimental project design and hosting forums where people practice talking about race/ethnicity (and intersecting identities) together.

This event is FREE, open to the public and a great way to find out more about oral history!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St.

6-8PM

The Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, INCITE, the Columbia Center for Oral History Resea...

THURSDAY (2/20): Oral historian and interdisciplinary artist Abbie Reese discusses undertaking a long-term oral history ...
02/18/2014
THURSDAY: Monastic Silence and a Visual Dialogue

THURSDAY (2/20): Oral historian and interdisciplinary artist Abbie Reese discusses undertaking a long-term oral history and photography project with cloistered nuns who observe monastic silence and take vows of enclosure. This event is free and open to the public.

We are currently accepting applications to our 2014 Oral History Summer Institute, "Second Generation Memories and Stori...
02/14/2014
Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics - INCITE - Summer Institute

We are currently accepting applications to our 2014 Oral History Summer Institute, "Second Generation Memories and Stories," to be held June 16-27 at Columbia University. Follow the link below for more information, including how to apply.

Each summer in New York City, CCOHR sponsors an annual Summer Institute, which brings together oral historians, scholars, activists, and others for two weeks of advanced training in the theory and practice of oral history. Participants work with world-class instructors, network with oral historians…

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02/12/2014

Columbia Center for Oral History's cover photo

CCOH's Mary Marshall Clark discusses Boston College's Belfast Project, ethics and oral history protections in recent Chr...
01/28/2014
Secrets from Belfast - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

CCOH's Mary Marshall Clark discusses Boston College's Belfast Project, ethics and oral history protections in recent Chronicle of Higher Education feature.

Anthony McIntyre made one thing clear: The project had to remain absolutely secret. If Boston College wanted him to interview former members of the Irish Republican Army, he needed that guarantee. They would be talking about dangerous things—bombings, shootings, and murder.

01/28/2014
Columbia Oral History MA Open House: January 30, 2014

Join us Thursday (1/30) for our Fall Open House featuring a mini-interviewing workshop led by Columbia Center for Oral History director Mary Marshall Clark.

Please join us for OHMA's open house. Refreshments will be served. Information session Meet OHMA students and alums Mini-interviewing workshop, taught by Columbia Center for Oral History Director Mary Marshall Clark and Associate Director Amy Starecheski. OHMA is the first program of its kind: a on...

Reserve your spot now for our one day oral history workshops this Saturday (1/25) with Columbia Oral History faculty and...
01/21/2014
Jan. 25: One Day Oral History Workshops with OHMA

Reserve your spot now for our one day oral history workshops this Saturday (1/25) with Columbia Oral History faculty and alumni! Workshops include Oral History and Advocacy, Human Rights, Public History, and Trauma Narratives.

OHMA is hosting a weekend workshop event Saturday, January 25th, 2014. Join us for an intensive day of oral history workshops with OHMA faculty and alumni! Click here to register. Location: Columbia University, Schermerhorn Schedule at a Glance: 10AM-1PM Selection of introductory workshops · ...

Join us Thursday (11/14) for our Fall Open House featuring a mini-interviewing workshop led by CCOH director Mary Marsha...
11/11/2013
Nov. 14: OHMA Open House

Join us Thursday (11/14) for our Fall Open House featuring a mini-interviewing workshop led by CCOH director Mary Marshall Clark.

Please join us for an open house for the Oral History MA Program at Columbia University RSVP http://ohmaopenhouse.eventbrite.com/ When: Thursday, November 14, 6-7:30 PM Where: 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd Street What: * Information session * Meet OHMA students and alums * Mini-interviewing workshop,…

Check out our upcoming workshop on Nov. 7 with Audrey Petty of Voice of Witness: Nonprofit Book Series & Education Progr...
10/30/2013
November 7: High Rise Stories from Voice of Witness

Check out our upcoming workshop on Nov. 7 with Audrey Petty of Voice of Witness: Nonprofit Book Series & Education Program who will be talking about High Rise Stories from Chicago Public Housing, a new collection of oral histories.

The workshop will be FREE and open to the PUBLIC
Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30
606 W 122nd St.

Thursday, November 7 6:30-8:30 PM 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St. In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake...

We are excited to announce the schedule for our fall 2013 Oral History Workshop Series! All workshops are free and open ...
09/09/2013
Join us for Our Fall 2013 Workshop Series

We are excited to announce the schedule for our fall 2013 Oral History Workshop Series! All workshops are free and open to the public.

This series is co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) and the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA). All of our workshops are free and open to the public and will explore the myriad of ethical and practical issues raised by the practice of oral history in the different disc...

Join us at next week's workshop (9/12): Personal Memories of War and Detention in Croatia from 1941-today
09/05/2013
Upcoming Workshop: Personal Memories of War and Detention in Croatia from 1941 until Today, 9/12...

Join us at next week's workshop (9/12): Personal Memories of War and Detention in Croatia from 1941-today

The Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, Columbia Center for Oral History and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights Presents: Personal Memories of war and Detention in Croatia from 1941 until Today:� Making Private Experiences Public as a Means of Mobilizing Support and Developing Under...

Tomorrow (6/13) at 6PM: Indigenous scholars Tania Ka'ai and Rachel Ka'ai-Mahuta discuss developing and using new technol...
06/12/2013
Public Event, Language Revitalization: Harnessing New Technologies, June 13 AT COLUMBIA

Tomorrow (6/13) at 6PM: Indigenous scholars Tania Ka'ai and Rachel Ka'ai-Mahuta discuss developing and using new technologies, a hallmark of globalization, to challenge language dominance and aid in language revitalization efforts.

WHO: Dr. Tania Ka’ai is the Director of Te Ipukarea (The National Māori Language Institute) and Te Whare Rongomaurikura (The International Center for Language Revitalisation) and also a Professor in Māori Innovation and Development at at the Auckland University of Tehnology, Aotearoa/New Zealand. As...

Join us at public events during our 2013 Summer Institute - Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, and Narrativ...
06/11/2013
Join us at Public Events for Our 2013 Summer Institute!

Join us at public events during our 2013 Summer Institute - Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, and Narratives. Click below for full schedule of events.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 4:00-6:00pm — “One Nurse-Midwife’s Story: Dr. Ruth Lubic in Conversation with Elizabeth Hageman”

Today at 6pm at Columbia University in the City of New York: Physicians for Human Rights' Stephen Soldz discusses the us...
05/01/2013
Conference: Oral History and Our Times, May 1-2

Today at 6pm at Columbia University in the City of New York: Physicians for Human Rights' Stephen Soldz discusses the uses and impact of psychological torture on those held at Guantanamo and other black sites, and the impact of condoning torture on democracy.

The Columbia Center for Oral History [CCOH], of the Columbia Libraries, and the Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], through INCITE’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, are hosting a two-day conference exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and...

The Center for Constitutional Rights' Pardiss Kabraei and Michael Ratner currently discussing Guantanamo Bay hunger stri...
05/01/2013
Over 100 Guantánamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike, Citing Threat of Return to "Darkest Days Under Bush"

The Center for Constitutional Rights' Pardiss Kabraei and Michael Ratner currently discussing Guantanamo Bay hunger strikes and detainee experience at Oral History and Our Times conference. Watch Kabraei discuss these issues on Democracy Now.

More than 100 detainees held in the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay are reportedly entering their fifth week of a hunger strike sparked by deteriorating conditions. News of the hunger strike first emerged last week, but it appears the action involves far more prisoners than previously thought...

Columbia University Oral History Masters Program students will be sharing their work in audio, video, online and edible ...
04/25/2013

Columbia University Oral History Masters Program students will be sharing their work in audio, video, online and edible forms in Multimedia Showcase next week at Oral History and Our Times Conference! Champagne and cake!

THURSDAY: Anthropologist, Public Historian and Director of Research at the Weeksville Heritage Center, Jennifer Scott, d...
04/23/2013
Upcoming Workshop: Movement Creates Museum, 4/25 at 6PM

THURSDAY: Anthropologist, Public Historian and Director of Research at the Weeksville Heritage Center, Jennifer Scott, discusses the possibilities of oral history for understanding activism and social change in the founding and expansion of a public history center.

The Columbia Center for Oral History, the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, the MA in Museum Anthropology, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies Present:

Upcoming Workshop: Movement Creates Museum, 4/25 at 6PM
04/18/2013
Upcoming Workshop: Movement Creates Museum, 4/25 at 6PM

Upcoming Workshop: Movement Creates Museum, 4/25 at 6PM

The Columbia Center for Oral History, the Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) Program, the MA in Museum Anthropology, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies Present:

Oral History and Our Times, May 1-2, 2013Buell Hall, East Gallery, 1st floor, 515 West 116th Street, Columbia University...
04/11/2013

Oral History and Our Times, May 1-2, 2013
Buell Hall, East Gallery, 1st floor, 515 West 116th Street, Columbia University, PROGRAM: http://bit.ly/CUoralhistory2013

Save the date! CCOH and the Columbia University Oral History Masters Program will host a two-day conference (May 1-2) ex...
04/11/2013
Conference: Oral History and Our Times, May 1-2

Save the date! CCOH and the Columbia University Oral History Masters Program will host a two-day conference (May 1-2) exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and the public about the central events and concerns of our times.

The Columbia Center for Oral History [CCOH], of the Columbia Libraries, and the Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], through INCITE’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, are hosting a two-day conference exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and...

CCOH's Summer Institute is right around the corner. Apply by 4/15!
04/09/2013
Announcing the CCOH 2013 Summer Institute

CCOH's Summer Institute is right around the corner. Apply by 4/15!

The Columbia Center for Oral History is proud to announce its 2013 Summer Institute, “Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, and Narratives” to be held June 10-21, 2013 at Columbia University in New York City. Sessions will explore the themes of indigenous memories, narratives and rights th...

Public Workshop April 11 at 6PM - Both Our Voices: A Feminist Relational Approach to Life History Narratives of Juvenile...
04/03/2013
Sarah Mountz, Both Our Voices: A Feminist Relational Approach to Life History Narratives of Previous

Public Workshop April 11 at 6PM - Both Our Voices: A Feminist Relational Approach to Life History Narratives of Juvenile Justice Involved LGBTQ Young Adults

This workshop explores the uniquely embodied and relational nature of storytelling and story receiving in Life History Interviews conducted with LGBTQ Young Adults who have previously been incarcerated in girls detention facilities in New York State.

LISTEN! Current Columbia University Oral History Masters Program students discuss careers, interviewing, and the relatio...
03/25/2013
[Workshop Reflection] Voice of Witness: Refugee Hotel

LISTEN! Current Columbia University Oral History Masters Program students discuss careers, interviewing, and the relationship between oral history and journalism with “Refugee Hotel” editors Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman.

Meet the authors of Refugee Hotel: Current OHMA students had a conversation about careers, interviewing, and the relationship between oral history and journalism with Gabriele and Juliet before their public talk. Here are some highlights: Q : We were struck b...

03/21/2013
Enhancing Access to Oral History

In this public workshop Doug Boyd of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History discusses new models for engaging and empowering users of oral history in a digital environment.

February 14, 2013 Doug Boyd Ph.D. serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. In this worksh...

We are currently accepting applications to our 2013 Summer Institute "Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, an...
03/20/2013
Announcing the CCOH 2013 Summer Institute

We are currently accepting applications to our 2013 Summer Institute "Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, and Narratives" Please share!

The Columbia Center for Oral History is proud to announce its 2013 Summer Institute, “Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, and Narratives” to be held June 10-21, 2013 at Columbia University in New York City. Sessions will explore the themes of indigenous memories, narratives and rights th...

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