January PSN: Oral History for Housing Justice

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
1:00 - 2:15 pm EST

There are 8 spots max. available for this PSN Video Chat. To participate, register via EventBrite using the button below. We ask participants to make a sliding scale donation of $3-$10 to reserve your spot. Groundswell members participate for free.  Click here to join Groundswell and get your PSN "promo" code.

Eventbrite - PSN Video Chat: Oral History for Housing Justice

In this call, we will bring together activists, artists, geographers, academics and oral historians to share and brainstorm strategies for using oral history for housing justice, with a particular focus on how oral history can be used in the context of gentrification to build understanding and support resistance.


Amy Starecheski, Associate Director, Columbia Oral History MA Program; Member, Groundswell PSN Working Group. Her research is with former squatters on New York City’s Lower East Side, examining the role of property and history-making in their lives.

Sarita Daftary-Steel worked at United Community Centers from 2003-2013 as part of the East New York Farms! Project. She became very interested in the history of East New York, learning about redlining, blockbusting, white flight and other discriminatory housing practices that led to a deterioration of services, housing, and the local economy in dramatic ways that still impact East New York today. She wanted this history to be better understood and more widely available. Sarita attended the Oral History Summer School Intensive Course in Hudson, NY in 2013.