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Oral History and Our Times

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:00am - Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 6:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Buell Hall

You are invited to attend a two-day conference exploring the role of oral history in documenting, disseminating and educating students and the public about the central events and concerns of our times. The conference will also survey the impact of Columbias path-breaking Oral History Master of Arts program [OHMA], the first program of its kind in the U.S., now in its fifth year. The conference gathers leading experts in the fields of oral history, human rights, and the arts. 

Keynote Address: Psychologists and Torture: Denial and the Corruption of Civil Society with Stephen Soldz, Psychologist, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

Panels include:

  • Bearing Witness: The Detainee Experience  
  • Outside the Rule of Law: Illuminating Struggles for Justice
  • Secrecy and the Right to Know: Oral History and our Times  
  • Sounding the Archive: Notes on Jazz Oral History  
  • Oral History Dialogues
  • Public Workshops - Oral History and Psychotherapy, Designing Oral History Projects, and Stories Beyond Digital Tools (Register)

Sponsored by INCITE, the Oral History Master of Arts and the Columbia Center for Oral History, with funding support from the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series. 


Michael Ratner, President Emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights
Nathaniel Raymond, Human Rights Investigator, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Carol Rosenberg, Journalist, The Miami Herald
Pardiss Kebriaei, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Ron Grele, Director Emeritus, Columbia Center for Oral History
Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Daniel Heyman, Artist, Rhode Island School of Design
Gerry Albarelli, Interviewer, Columbia Center for Oral History
Louis Massiah, Filmmaker, Scribe Video Center
Steven Reisner, Psychologist; President-Elect, Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Peter Bearman, Jonathan Cole Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Mary Marshall Clark, Director, Columbia Center for Oral History
Liz evčenko, Director, Guantnamo Public Memory Project, Columbia University

and various presentations by Oral History Master of Arts students and alumni