Our Winter 2019 ONLINE Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change class has been rescheduled.

Thank you all for your patience and support!

The NEW DATES for the class are:

Every Thursday for 6 Weeks starting on March 28th and ending on May 2nd from 11 am to 1 pm EST.

Last day to register is Monday, March 25th.

Register HERE.

For course description, click HERE.

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Instructor Bios

Alisa Del Tufo's policy and legislative efforts have resulted in federal, state and local reforms, including the establishment of a 3 million dollar fund for housing support for women survivors of violence and children, changes in criminal justice, child welfare and health reform.  In addition, she consults with individuals and organizations using a variety of narrative and community engagement strategies to build positive change. Del Tufo is the author or two books on domestic violence and child abuse and multiple articles. She has been awarded the Charles Revson Fellowship for the Future on NYC (1988/89), a Rockefeller Fellowship (1998), and in 2007 was elected, for a lifetime, into the Ashoka Fellowship, a global network of leading social entrepreneurs. She is also the recipient of Union Theological Seminary’s prestigious Distinguished Alumna Award and in 2008, Colgate University’s Humanitarian Award. Del Tufo is a graduate of Colgate University and received her Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She has been teaching at the Marlboro Graduate School of Management and Sustainable Practice, Middlebury and Southern Vermont Colleges. Del Tufo was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018.

Sarah Loose is an oral historian, popular educator, and community-based organizer based in Portland, OR. Currently, she works as an organizer with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice and teaches oral history at Portland State University. Originally from Minnesota, Sarah first fell in love with the power and practice of oral history when facilitating a community-based oral history project (sistematización) with popular educators in Santa Marta, El Salvador. In the years since, she’s been romping around the woods, coasts and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, interviewing and organizing for economic, racial and environmental justice. She holds a BA in History from Yale University (2001) and a MA in Oral History from Columbia University (2011).

Benji de la Piedra is an independent oral historian and writer currently based in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is at work on the biography of Herbert Denton Jr. (1943-1989), a pioneering African-American journalist at the Washington Post. He currently works as director of the Columbia Life Histories Project in New York City, and as an oral history audit-editor for the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. Previously, he worked as oral history trainer and volunteer coordinator for the DC Oral History Collaborative in Washington, DC, and was a 2016 fellow of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. A graduate of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program, he was awarded the Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Thesis Prize for his master’s thesis, “That Something Else: B.A. Botkin, Alessandro Portelli, and Ralph Ellison on Democratic Pluralism and the Dialogical Encounter.” Benji teaches and consults on community-based oral history projects around the United States, and speaks and writes regularly about American history and culture, with an emphasis on Black intellectual expression. In the Spring 2020 semester, he will teach the Oral History Methods course at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz is a video artist, technologist, and activist who is committed to the power of story. They have worked on documentaries, non-fiction and experimental narratives, multi-channel video installation, archival video presentations, and oral history video production. Their video art is built by, about, and for televisions and computers. Helyx is fascinated by the ways in which we organize and process our information-saturated world. They are currently the Information Systems and Technology Manager at the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia. Helyx holds a B.A. from Hampshire College where they studied Video, Education, and Cultural Studies. They are currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Drexel University.

Fanny Julissa García is an oral historian contributing work to Central American Studies. In her most recent work, Reminiscences on Migration: A Central American Lyric, she intertwines her own migration story using lyric poetry and vignettes with oral history interviews conducted with Central American refugee women who had been released from detention centers at the U.S./Mexico border. She has worked for more than 15 years as a social justice advocate to combat the public health and socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS on low income communities, worked closely with organizations fighting for the end of family detention, and supported survivors of sexual violence. She serves as the Communications Coordinator for Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, a network of oral historians, activists, cultural workers, community organizers and documentary artists that use oral history to further movement building and transformative social change. She also works at the New-York Historical Society, and is co-founder of Social Exchange Institute, a media and education company that uses multimedia tools to produce work that promotes social justice and equity. She’s also on the editorial board for the Oral History Association’s Oral History Review. In 2017, she graduated from the Oral History Master of Arts program from Columbia University where she received the Judge Jack B. Weinstein Scholarship Award for Oral History and the OHMA Oral History Teaching and Social Justice Award.

Mark Menjivar is a San Antonio based artist and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. His work explores diverse subjects through photography, archives, oral history and objects. Mark has engaged in projects at venues including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Houston Center for Photography, The San Antonio Museum of Art, The Puerto Rican Museum of Art and Culture, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and the Krannert Art Museum.


Thank you very much for supporting Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change. If you have questions about this online course, please contact us at info@oralhistoryforsocialchange.org.