A Great Lakes Colleges Association initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

(Closed) Registration is open for the 2017 Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute! Funding is available.

Oral hIstory in the Liberal Arts is a three-year Mellon funded initiative of the Great Lakes Colleges Association supporting community-based learning with oral history & digital storytelling. The 2017 Institute will be held July 6-9, 2017 on the lovely campus of Kenyon College.

This training institute is an opportunity to engage with best practices for doing oral history with undergraduate students in the digital age, to have hands-on help for learning digital tools that allow for indexing and publishing accessible narratives, and for hearing from an administrator on how to frame community-engaged learning as experiential and participatory teaching and learning. 


For: Faculty, digital librarians, instructional technologists and others in GLCA-affiliated colleges

What: A hands-on training sharing tools and tactics for community-based teaching and learning with interview narratives, archives, and collaborative public-facing projects

Where: hosted on the scenic campus of Kenyon College, with meals and dorm housing included for selected GLCA-affiliated participants

Offered by: Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA), a three-year initiative supported by the Great Lakes Colleges Association with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. OHLA curates ‘high impact’ undergraduate research frameworks, proven open source workflows, and best practices for community-based learning with oral history. We’re focused on the nuances of doing oral history in higher education!

Cost: Institute fee, housing, and meals are provided on Kenyon’s campus for funded OHLA teams. A limited number of openings may be available for faculty, technologists, and digital librarians outside of the GLCA consortium for a modest fee of $450 (inclusive of conference fees, meals, and housing). Please note that there is no travel reimbursement for this event.

Participants should bring: Laptop, headphones, project materials if applicable (project statement, release forms, audio/video files associated with your project, course syllabi and learning outcomes for the courses associated with your project, etc.), and optional extra linens.

Questions? Contact Brooke Bryan: bbryan <at> or Ric Sheffield: sheffier <at>

Register here and Ric and Brooke will contact you asap to confirm your funding and attendance. 

Download the 2017 Oral History in the Liberal Arts Agenda


Register Here! We’ll email you to confirm funding and attendance. 

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Brooke directs Oral History in the Liberal Arts for the Great Lakes Colleges Association, supporting more than 60 Mellon-funded research projects employing interview methodology and digital tools for community-based learning. In its 5th year, the program has grown into a partnership with the Global Liberal Arts Alliance to support transnational interview projects. She travels regularly offering workshops on the philosophy of oral history and critical community pedagogy. An aesthetic philosopher and oral historian who composes work in narrative, media and textiles, Brooke is a practitioner of critical and digital pedagogies. She currently chairs the Writing Program and serves as Assistant Professor of Writing & Digital Literacy at Antioch College, where she convenes the creativity and story area of practice, teaches nonfiction writing, and supports students in self design majors that engage philosophy, media, oral history, critical community studies, and contemporary art practice. Her current research locates the American quilt within a Deleuzeian aesthetic, exploring its praxis and conservation through virtuality, multiplicity, and event.

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