Community oral histories provide a way to understand perspectives and experiences from more than voice. How do you record and preserve this type of information in an ethical and accurate way? How do you navigate the roles of the interviewer and interviewee? In this hands-on, guided session, participants will develop themes and questions, conduct practice interviews, and talk about legal and ethical considerations, especially as it pertains to vulnerable populations.
Assistant Professor of History at Kean University
Abigail Perkiss is an assistant professor of history at Kean University, broadly trained in U.S. history, oral history, twentieth century urban culture, African American history, public history, and legal history. She is the Managing Editor of the Oral History Review, Vice President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and a member of the Reacting to the Past Editorial Board. Abigail is currently directing Staring out to Sea, an oral history project documenting the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.