Skip Navigation

Announcement All Pratt locations are open at 50% capacity with COVID-19 safety procedures in place. Learn more.

How We Know What We See (& Hear): How to “Read” an Oral History

How We Know What We See (& Hear) explores oral history as an immediate, detailed, intimate historical document to study.

Because an oral history recording is a primary source document, like a letter, manuscript, or map, it can be analyzed and interpreted for its evidence of personal, family, community, national, even world history.

You'll be introduced to oral history interview techniques, procedures, and audio and video production tools to understand the structure and vocabulary of oral history. 

The program then leads you, through artful critical thinking skills, to interpret, or "read," the evidence. 

Using excerpts of oral history interview recordings of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, comedian Richard Pryor, and a little-known father and daughter, we will read evidence of Marshall’s life and US history; Pryor’s humanity and a liberal white interviewer's misuse of it; and one family’s responses to existential choices.

Join Pratt Special Collections Department staff  to “read” oral history and develop visual literacy skills to interpret recordings and assess their value.

Dial-In Information

Join Zoom Meeting
https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/94578067771?pwd=ay9aSkVKdDNRRFcyVVc5OW1UTG44QT09

Meeting ID: 945 7806 7771
Passcode: 426297
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,94578067771#,,,,*426297# US (Washington DC)
+16465588656,,94578067771#,,,,*426297# US (New York)

Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 267 831 0333 US (Philadelphia)
        +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 945 7806 7771
Passcode: 426297
Find your local number: https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/u/acZJq2EKs1

Saturday, December 4 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Black History, Genealogy, Virtual Event

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Programs For Adults

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

Digital Signage

Highlight

Hashtag

#oralhistory #literacy #ThurgoodMarshall #RichardPryor #visualliteracy

Subscribe
Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity