Queer Newark Oral History Bootcamp

Oral History Project Bootcamp with Svetlana Kitto

Newark Public Library
4th floor Auditorium
5 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

The Queer Newark Oral History Bootcamp will cover key issues, such as: How does one plan an oral history project? What are some of the best practices for formulating interview questions? How does one identify a narrator? What are some of the ethical considerations that oral historians face when creating oral history projects? This will be an interactive, hands-on workshop.

The workshop is open to students, researchers, and community members. Breakfast will be provided, at no charge to participants. 

Svetlana Kitto is a writer and oral historian in New York City. Her cultural and political reporting have been featured in the New York Times, Guernica, VICE, the New York Observer, ART21, the book Occupy (Verso, 2012) and the Danspace Project Journal, for which she was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence. She has contributed interviews to oral history projects with the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she has worked on a number of projects and exhibitions about race, place and history. Additionally, she has taught or lectured at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Wesleyan, and Rutgers University - Newark.  In the spring of 2017, her oral history for the book Ken Tisa: Objects/Time/Offerings, published by Gordon Robichaux and Matt Connors, was called a "genius catalog" by Holland Cotter of the New York Times. Currently she works as an interviewer on the Smithsonian Visual Art and the AIDS epidemic oral history project and co-curates the reading and performance series Adult Contemporary, which released its first book of art and literature last fall.

This FREE event is presented by the Queer Newark Oral History Project and cosponsored by the New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center at The Newark Public Library.

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