October 2015
Text from the Moxie Project interviews, featured at the 2015 NC Women's Summit
Field Notes
Stories from the Southern Oral History Program

From the Associate Director
Dear friends,

Last week many of us at the Southern Oral History Program made the trip down to sunny Tampa to attend the annual Oral History Association conference. If you are reading this newsletter, it's very possible that you were there too! One of our favorite parts of the OHA conference each year is the chance to touch base with former students and colleagues. It was a particular treat for me this time to see Katie Womble, who just last year was a field scholar, in her new professional role as Curator of Oral History at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, SC.  
 
If you have never attended OHA, it's an unusually vibrant conference that showcases a wide variety of work--oral history projects based in museums, activist organizations, libraries, and government alongside more traditional academic work. The different panels and plenaries left our minds buzzing with new ideas about everything from community engagement and collecting strategies within current social movements to audio editing and preservation techniques.  
 
View from the hotel--wow.
We were delighted to contribute to several workshops and panels on a range of topics. Jaycie Vos, Taylor Livingston and I led a workshop, "Share the Wealth: Bringing Oral History to the Public," about reaching a wide audience through digital exhibits, podcasts, performances, and other platforms. Jaycie spoke on the roundtable "Love the One you Use: CONTENTdm and Oral History Collections" and presented with other OHA Metadata Task Force members in their roundtable "Metadata: Not your Average Toothbrush." Collaborator Hannah Gill from UNC's
Latino Migration Project chaired the panel "Stories that Move [with] Us: Oral History in Migration and Diaspora." Former field scholar and collaborator Sarah McNamara shed light on her native Florida in the roundtable "Re-thinking Florida's Political Past: Oral History, Social Change, and Social Justice" and handling sensitive interview topics in the forum "Talking and Taboo: Challenges in Interviewing around Intimate Topics." Colleagues and collaborators Seth Kotch and Josh Davis (now at the University of Baltimore) presented on the important work they're doing for Media and the Movement in the panel "Couriers of Justice: Print and Radio Activists and Social Change." I chaired the panel "Giving Voice: Feminist Oral History Approaches to Reproductive Justice."
 
Thanks to the Oral History Association and everyone who presented for providing such an engaging, inspiring program, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!

-- Rachel F. Seidman

Spotlight: TRA Stephanie Cornelison
This semester, we were joined by a new research assistant. SOHP Intern Destinie Pittman interviewed her and wrote the piece below:

Stephanie Cornelison is a Library Science graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Asheboro, North Carolina. Before beginning the graduate program at UNC, which she ultimately hopes to use to become a librarian and archivist for the Disney Library, Stephanie obtained her B.A. in History (with a focus in the American South) at UNC-Chapel Hill and worked in the Stone Center Library. In the meantime, Stephanie is excited to have hands-on experience with gaining insight into the extraordinary lives of everyday individuals. She will serve as the Temporary Research Assistant (TRA) in cooperation with Coordinator of Collections Jaycie Vos to process interview materials for depositing in the Wilson and SOHP archives. 

2015 NC Women's Summit
Keynote speaker Melissa Harris-Perry
Thanks to everyone who attended the third annual NC Women's Summit on Thursday, September 24th! We were proud to co-sponsor and attend this wonderful day of discussions on education, food justice, women's health, and fair pay, among other things; and we were delighted to see so many familiar faces on the panels and in the crowd. Our listening stations at the event featured a playlist of clips from our Moxie Project interviews, which you can listen to here. And view a slideshow of photos from the event here. The message of the day, as given by 
Erin Dale Byrd in her final words, was to "give everything you have for justice."
NC Humanities Council Caldwell Award Ceremony
Harvey Gantt with NC 
Humanities Council Vice Chair Tim Minor
On October 15th, Acting Director Renee Alexander Craft was honored to introduce former Charlotte, NC Mayor Harvey B. Gantt as he received the NC Humanities Council's highest honor, the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The event was a night to remember with a wonderful lecture by CSAS Associate Director William Ferris and words of praise for Gantt from friends and associates including 2013 Caldwell laureates Sally and Russell Robinson. The SOHP sponsored four beautiful banners and listening stations for the celebration that featured a recent interview between Ferris and Gantt (listen to clips from that interview and others here). Moving forward, we will continue our sponsorship by interviewing Caldwell laureates and including those interviews in our archives.
Good News
Our Coordinator of Collections Jaycie Vos continues to do great things with metadata in her case study, "New Roots: An Oral History Metadata Case Study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill," which was recently featured on the Oral History in the Digital Age website. Her article discusses how the New Roots initiative (part of the Latino Migration Project) utilizes metadata in CONTENTdm in new ways to create an accessible Omeka-powered bilingual website for accessing oral histories. This is part of a larger series on the OHA Metadata Task Force, which Jaycie co-founded. Congrats, Jaycie!

And former SOHP intern & recent UNC grad Layla Quran was profiled as a UNC "Global Heel" for her work on geopolitical and social borders in the Middle East, specifically regarding Palestine. Layla conducted research throughout her undergraduate career through oral history interviews, travel fellowships, multimedia exhibitions, and more; and she continues her work now as a graduate student at NYU in journalism and Near Eastern studies. To learn more about Layla's research, read the profile here.

Finally, congratulations to our friends at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for receiving the 2015 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities, presented by the NC Humanities Council.
Upcoming Events Featuring SOHP
Join us this Thursday, October 22nd for a Hutchins Lecture featuring SOHP alumna Tracy K'Meyer! Tracy, who is the Chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville as well as the Co-Director of their Oral History Center, will present a lecture titled  "Remembering School Desegregation: Oral History and the Long Struggle for Equality in Education in Louisville, KY, 1954-2015. " Her work draws on nearly 100 oral history interviews to present an alternative story of integration. The lecture will be held at the University Room in Hyde Hall at 4:30PM; all are welcome! For more information, visit the event page here.

And the following week, SOHP field scholar Evan Faulkenbury will be featured at a "Tell About the South" lunchtime discussion at CSAS. Evan will discuss his research on the Voter Education Project (VEP) and how philanthropic foundations paid for and influenced the course of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. This lunch will be held on Tuesday, October 27th at 12:30PM at the Love House & Hutchins Forum, and all are welcome; please RSVP and learn more information on the event page here.
Apply To Be A Moxie Scholar!
2015 Moxie Scholars at the 
Scrap Exchange
We're now accepting applications for the 2016 Moxie Scholars! First, second, and third-year students at UNC are encouraged to apply for this combined academic and community engagement project on women's activism, which includes a Spring 2016 class on "American Feminist Movements Since 1945" and a 6-8 week long internship in the Triangle at organizations that advocate on gender equity issues. For more information on the project, and instructions on how to apply, visit the website here. And spread the word to any students you think might be interested!