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

Registration is open for the 2018 Oral History in the Liberal Arts Institute!

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 2018 Institute will be held July 5-7, 2018 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: OHLA-funded project Faculty, Undergraduates, Instructional
Technologists, and Digital Librarians as well as faculty and students in
GLCA-affiliated colleges planning or considering oral history projects.

What: A hands on training sharing tools and tactics for community-
based teaching and learning with interviews, archives, and collaborative public-facing projects that make an impact.

Where: hosted on the scenic campus of Kenyon College, with meals and dorm housing included.

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

Cost: Institute fee, housing, and meals are provided on Kenyon’s campus for GLCA-affiliated participants. A limited number of openings are available for faculty, instructional techs, and digital librarians outside of GLCA for $300 (including registration, meals, and housing).

Participants should bring: Laptop and headphones. Optional materials can included project audio/video files, course syllabi, learning outcomes, planning and brainstorming documents associated with your project. Pillow, extra linens, and towels are recommended even though the basics are provided for the student housing accommodations.

Questions? Contact Brooke Bryan: or Ric Sheffield:

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

Download the 2018 Oral History in the Liberal Arts Agenda

2018 OHLA Institute

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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