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About this Oral History Workshop & Call for Participants

With the generous support of The CUNY Adjunct Incubator, co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective, the CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) and American Social History Project/ Center for Media and Learning (ASHP/CML) will host a free one-day remote oral history workshop "Inviting Authorship: Oral History as Spontaneous Literature" with oral historian, writer, and interdisciplinary artist Nyssa Chow on Friday, April 16th at 1:00 PM (EDT).

All CUNY students, staff, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend the workshop, and you do not need to contribute an oral history to attend the workshop.

Please click here to RSVP for the workshop.

For everyone who RSVPs, we will send you the Zoom link and info for the workshop via email the day before the event. If you have any questions about the workshop, or about conducting an oral history, please email the CUNY Digital History Archive at [email protected]

*We will also offer free transcribing, guidance, and the CDHA platform for a limited number of people who wish to conduct and archive oral histories that address the experiences of adjuncts at CUNY during the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphasis on labor and education. If you're interested in conducting an oral history, please let us know when you fill out the form to RSVP.

Instructor Bio:

Nyssa Chow is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at Princeton University and is the current Princeton Arts Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton University). She is an oral historian, writer, and interdisciplinary artist. She is co-director of the NYC Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Project at Columbia University (I.N.C.I.T.E). Chow has served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University and as core faculty in the Oral History Masters program at Columbia University. She was the 2018 Recipient of the PEN/Jean Stein for Literary Oral History, won for the book project, Still, Life. The immersive literary oral history project ‘The Story of Her Skin’ won the Columbia University Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award.Chow has conducted oral histories on behalf of arts and social justice projects, and institutions such as the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.Born and raised in Trinidad, she is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Film program and Columbia University's Oral History Masters Program.

Organizer Bio:

Chloe Smolarski is an interdisciplinary media maker, documentarian, an educator whose current practice combines education research and creative nonfiction media projects. Along with teaching video and media skills, Smolarski is the project manager and collections coordinator at the CUNY Digital History Archive at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

This workshop is part of the research project “CUNY Adjunct Oral History Project" led by Chloe Smolarski, with the CUNY Digital History Archive as part of the CUNY Adjunct Incubator and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at the Graduate Center, CUNY.