HUM 304 Conducting Oral History Interviews


Oral History interviewing is an incredibly gratifying experience, but having someone share their most cherished memories with you also comes with a lot of responsibilities. Through this course, you will learn interview techniques and best practices to sustain this work. You will learn about subjectivity and intersubjectivity, self-care for the interviewer, and how to frame questions so narrators can tell their story on their own terms. At the same time, you will learn to set professional boundaries to hold both you and your narrators with care.

Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience

Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours

Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development


Sold By: Institute for Diversity and Civic Life


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Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will:

  • Survey the best interview practices in the field of oral history;
  • Understand how to create historically contextualized interviews;
  • Learn about the theory of subjectivity and intersubjectivity;
  • Cultivate empathy for yourself to avoid burnout; and
  • Learn to create space for narrators to tell their stories on their own terms.


  • 304. W – Watch videos about best practices for interviewing.
  • 304. I – Interact with exercises to prepare you to troubleshoot interviews.
  • 304. S – Study with experts and learn best practices for interviewing.
  • 304. E – Engage your colleagues and share your insights.

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