Field Notes
January 2016
From the Acting Director
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed a lovely break and that you are settling in well to this New Year and new semester. SOHP has hit the ground running in 2016 by launching initiatives to enhance our public outreach and service, initiating new partnerships, and welcoming in an exciting cohort of interns.
 
We are excited to announce the launch of Mapping Voices of North Carolina's Past: A Resource for Teachers , an interactive map featuring short clips from oral history interviews with people from North Carolina's past, as well as links to the longer interviews. It is designed for K-12 teachers to help their students experience history through stories. This map grew out of a focus group held in August 2014 under the leadership of SOHP Associate Director Rachel Seidman. We invited local
Fall 2014 Focus Group
teachers 
and educational p rofessionals to  tell us what resources would be most useful to them for getting oral history materials into K-12 classrooms. We then worked collaboratively with interns, graduate students, teachers, and librarians to bring the map to life. Currently the map features stories of school desegregation; future updates will add clips from families who lived through World War II, women who fought and are fighting for equal rights, and more. Check it out at the link above, and learn more about the process here . The response so far has been great. Christie Norris, the Director of K-12 Outreach at the UNC Program in the Humanities, says "this is a wonderfully compelling and user friendly educational tool for teachers and students! It not only provides engaging oral history content, but the geographic visual reminds us that this is history from our own state, making it even more relevant and impactful."
 
In other exciting news, starting this semester SOHP will be partnering with UNC's Process Series , directed by Dr. Joseph Megel, to produce at least one Process Series performance each year focused on oral history. Joseph will also offer feedback and support to our SOHP interns each semester as they prepare to share staged readings of their oral history interviews and research. Watch future newsletters for an invitation to their end-of-semester performance-we'd love to have you join us!
 
Finally, if you have not taken the opportunity, we invite you to listen to the first episode of our new podcast, Press Record (now available on iTunes!). We look forward to sharing our next podcast with you in February.

--Renée Alexander Craft
Welcome New Interns!

Charlotte Eure, MaKayla Leak, and Kadejah S. Murray

We're excited to welcome a new group of undergraduate interns to SOHP this spring! Charlotte Eure, MaKayla Leak, Kadejah S. Murray, and Ellen Saunders Duncan will continue the great work done by our interns last semester on the Black Pioneers, the first cohort of African American students at UNC Chapel Hill. Learn more about our new interns on our website here, and follow along with their activities on Twitter at @SOHPinterns.
Good News

Our founding director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall was featured on Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians (OAH). She 
discussed what it meant to her, personally and professionally, to receive the National Humanities Medal in 1999 (pictured, right) for her work in U.S. women's and southern working-class history as well as with SOHP. Read the full post here

SOHP Faculty Affiliate Ryan Shaw (Assistant Professor, UNC School of Information & Library Science) had an article published in Big Data & Society, an open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal. His article is titled "Big Data and reality," and can be read here. Congrats Ryan!
OHA 2016 Call For Papers

Don't forget to submit your proposal for the 2016 Oral History Association annual meeting! This marks the 50 th anniversary of OHA and the upcoming meeting in Long Beach, California will be an extra special time to reflect on the organization's past and to celebrate the work in our field moving forward. OHA welcomes submissions from people working across the broad oral history spectrum. The deadline for submissions is January 31st; learn more here.
You're Invited: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Reception
Southern Oral History Program  |  Center for the Study of the American South 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  |  410 E. Franklin Street  |  Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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