Texas Oral History Association Will Host Conference

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April 21, 2016

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WACO, Texas (April 21, 2016) – The Texas Oral History Association will host its fifth annual conference from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.

Jessica Roseberry, university researcher for the Baylor Institute of Oral History, said the one-day conference offers a gathering place for oral historians.

"The conference is a place for both esteemed scholars and students to tell their stories," Roseberry said. "Attendees will learn about the craft and hear fascinating stories from around Texas. We're providing them with interesting things to think about and a different way to learn."

Registration and the welcome will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. in room 250, the Meyer Conference Center. The conference is split into the following 11 sessions:

Sessions 1, 2 and 3 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

• Session 1, Foster 102: Acknowledging and Addressing the Void: The Use of Oral History in the Graduate Classroom

• Session 2, Foster 107: Texas’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ Alumni and Their Battle for an Education and for Racial Justice

• Session 3, Foster 108: New Technologies for a Digital Age

Plenary session from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

• Room 250, the Meyer Conference Center: Don’t Give Voice to the Voiceless – Learn Instead to Listen Well: Oral History, Cultural Competency, and Community

Sessions 4, 5 and 6 from 10:45 a.m. to noon

• Session 4, Foster 102: History across Generations: Oral History, Preservation, and Identity

• Session 5, Foster 107: Stories from the Border

• Session 6, Foster 108: Workflow at the Baylor Institute for Oral History from Start to Finish

Sessions 7, 8 and 9 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

• Session 7, Foster 102: War and the Effects of War

• Session 8, Foster 107: Student Experiences beyond the Classroom

• Session 9, Foster 108: Digital History and the Local Community: The Waco History App and Website

Sessions 10 and 11 from 2:45 to 4 p.m.

• Session 10, Foster 102: Racial Injustices and Texas Communities

• Session 11, Foster 107: One Story at a Time: Chronicling Houston’s History

The sessions will end with an evaluation from 4 to 4:15 p.m.

"There will be scholars from all across the United States and as far away as India, good scholars and good stories, so it should be very interesting and eventful," Roseberry said.

The conference is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the welcome desk in Room 250, the Paul and Jane Meyer Conference Center, to sign in and receive a nametag, schedule for the day and evaluation form.

The Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation is located at 1621 South Third St.

by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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