April 2014 PSN

What lessons can radical oral history/storytelling projects draw from the concepts and practices of anti-oppression organizing?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
1:00 – 2:15pm EST

There are a maximum of 7 spots available for this PSN Video Chat. To participate, you’ll need to register via EventBrite using the button below.  We ask participants to make a sliding scale donation of $3-$10 to reserve your spot. Your donation will help us continue to organize and offer these chats in the future!



  • David Spataro, Activist & Scholar, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Manissa Maharawal, Writer, Scholar, Activist (manissamaharawal.net)
  • Sarah Loose, Director of the Rural Organizing Project’s Roots & Wings Oral History Project; Groundswell Practitioner Support Network (PSN) Working Group

How can oral historians make the concepts and training tools of anti-racist and anti-oppression organizing useful in oral history work?  On this PSN video chat, we’ll draw on our collective knowledge and experience to imagine together what an anti-oppression framework for doing oral history might include.  We’ll discuss ideas such as power, oppression, privilege, accountability, access, anger, allies, supremacy (internalized and institutionalized) to figure out what’s most useful for oral history projects and why.  We’ll consider how an anti-oppression approach to oral history would impact our practice before, during, and after an interview, and in the conceptualization and implementation of oral history projects.