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  • AMST 300 Religion & Culture
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    Eleonora Anedda is an oral historian from Sardegna, Italy. She holds an M.A. in Oral History from Columbia University and came to the field from a Gender and Sexuality Studies background. She cares about documenting and preserving untold stories of individuals, families, and communities. Eleonora was born in Muravera, Italy and raised in a small town in Sardegna. She holds a B.A. in Lettere (Humanities) from the Università degli Studi di Cagliari and an M.A. in Queer History from the University of London. In 2019 she started LIOH, an oral history project which aims at reconstructing how, in the 70s and 80s, the lives of Italian queer women were shaped by society, language, religion, and politics. Eleonora Anedda is an oral historan at the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life. Since graduation, Eleonora has worked closely with historians, ethnographers, and community organizers on numerous research projects. Since 2020, she has been mapping religious diversity in Texas with Austin’s Institute of Diversity and Civic Life. She has also been working with the South Phoenix Oral History Project, researching how students at South Mountain Community College, AZ have become community historians and agents for positive social change. And lastly, with Meanings of October 27th, she helped document Pittsburgh’s resilience in the aftermath of the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shooting. Eleonora has conducted and processed oral history interviews, customized metadata, and provided interviewing, historical context, and transcription training. She continues to write about oral history and works as a consultant on several oral history projects. Services: 1. Live webinar 2. Custom consultation
    • Oral history and narrative research project design
    • Interviewing techniques and skills
    • Archive Curation
    • Religious diversity and anti-racism
    • Religious diversity in Texas
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  • Elizabeth M. Melton, Ph.D.
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    Elizabeth M. Melton, Ph.D. is the American Council of Learned Societies and the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life. Elizabeth is a scholar and playwright whose work is dedicated to understanding race and identity in Texas. She combines critical ethnography with performance methods to reach audiences that would not typically encounter academic research. Her anti-racist play, Unpacking Longview, uses oral history performance, storytelling, and the trope of the fool to address her legacies of whiteness and the process of public school desegregation in her East Texas hometown. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University. Services: 1. Live webinar 2. Custom consultation
    • Oral history and narrative research project design
    • Interviewing techniques and skills
    • Archive Curation
    • Religious diversity and anti-racism
    • Religious diversity in Texas
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  • HUM 300 Certificate in Oral History for Social Change
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    The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life, in partnership with ReligionAndPublicLife.org, awards the Certificate in Oral History for Social Change for those who complete HUM 300. The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life is a non-profit organization that creates more inclusive public spaces through storytelling, research, and education. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Non-Credit: 15 hours for 1 Certificate Credit: Use the LiveChat to speak with your advisor about completing 45 hours of research to earn three college credits for completing this certificate program. Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 301 Introduction to Oral History
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    Oral History is an accessible research methodology that provides everyday stories with a place in the historical record. In this interactive course, you will uncover the origins of oral history as a distinct research methodology and learn what steps you need to take to begin your project. You will also discover the ways the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life uses oral history as a means to explore the diversity of lived religions in Texas. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 302 Oral History and Social Justice
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    Oral History is a tool for documenting and preserving marginalized stories that would otherwise go unheard. This course will teach you how to use oral history as a method and tool for social justice and social change. You will delve into the many ethical concerns of oral history projects and learn how to approach them with care, compassion, and trauma awareness. Finally, you will examine the work of influential scholars, practitioners, and projects to help you evaluate the many ways oral history may promote social change. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 303 Oral History Project Planning
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    In this course, you will cultivate the skills required to design an ethically-guided oral history project. You will reflect on what you hope to learn from your project and build a plan that satisfies your goals. You will develop interview strategies, prepare for your first encounters with potential narrators, and review the Formal Agreement (or Release Forms) needed to conduct oral history interviews. This course will empower you to
    • Design an oral history project and plan for its organization, accountability and ethical integrity;
    • Recognize the necessary components of Formal Agreements (or Release Form) and learn about informed consent;
    • Prepare an interview guide and identify and secure interviewees; and
    • Conduct pre-interviews and background research.
    Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 304 Conducting Oral History Interviews
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    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
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  • HUM 305 Archiving and Curating Oral Histories
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    Oral historians employ various tools to develop their archives, engage communities, and creatively work toward social change. In this course, you will learn tips and tricks for processing and organizing oral histories for the archive. We will review the importance of metadata, provide how-to’s for transcription, discuss ways to design an accessible archive, talk with an expert in the field, and explore a range of projects that creatively present oral histories for social change. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • Tiffany Puett, Ph.D.
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    Tiffany Puett is a scholar of American religions, a community educator, and the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life. She has been writing, developing resources and curriculum, and leading programs on religious and cultural diversity, equity and social justice for 19 years. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Huffington Post, Medium, Religious Studies News, and The Conversation. She’s taught courses on religious diversity, ethics, and research methods at St. Francis College, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Trinity University, and St. Edward’s University. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo and a master’s degree in Ethics from Boston University. Her work is inspired by the rich diversity of Texas, the power of storytelling, and her commitment to mutual liberation. Services: 1. Live webinar 2. Custom consultation
    • Oral history and narrative research project design
    • Interviewing techniques and skills
    • Archive Curation
    • Religious diversity and anti-racism
    • Religious diversity in Texas
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    From: $500