Ric Sheffield is Professor of Legal Studies & Sociology at Kenyon College. A member of Kenyon’s faculty for more than 25 years and having served the College as Associate Provost for seven of those years, he directs the Law & Society Program as well as the John Adams Summer Scholars in Socio-legal Studies Program. Ric is the founding director of The Community Within Digital Archives that features the Knox County Black History project and emphasizes the experiences of African Americans living in rural America. While teaching Law & Society and Sociology at Kenyon College, his students frequently learn and employ oral history methodologies. He is particularly interested in pedagogies in the context of oral history work. He is site director and faculty member at the Oral History Institute hosted on Kenyon’s campus.
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Brooke is an oral historian specializing in experiential learning, with interests in material culture, conservation studies, and maker culture. She has expertise in field recording for cultural documentation, oral history methodology, and using digital tools for storytelling and scholarship. Teaching in Antioch College’s Cooperative Education program, she develops field-based learning experiences— integrating oral history interview methods and digital platforms to animate course-level and institutional learning objectives. Brooke is Co-Director of OHLA and helps to structure its overall aims. She is interested in the ethical dimensions of oral history work, how the digital age complicates informed consent, and the unique landscape of higher ed legalities including FERPA, student privacy laws, and the nuanced liabilities that can arise when fieldwork is integrated into curriculum.
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