Join the us in the Battelle Tompkins Atrium on November 6th at 3 pm to hear Michael Frisch speak on “Oral History in the Digital Age: the Long and the Short of It.”
Drawing on his own recent work on the digital frontier, Professor Frisch will discuss two contrasting directions towards a new oral and public history—approaches that can close the extensive distance between archived collections and meaningful public and community use.
The first is digital indexing of traditional long interviews, usually inaccessible as media and difficult to explore even when transcribed. Media Indexing provides a “map” of extensive collections, opening them to free exploration and flexible media access for anyone, within and across interviews. The second is an alternative “short-form” oral history combining photographs and stories responding to them. Easily made and “crowdsourced” through new social media, these can be drawn together—like small tiles making up a “mosaic” –into a multimedia oral history of a family, group, or community.
The Humanities Truck will host a reception following the lecture. Please RSVP via the Facebook event to let us know you will be attending!