Saturday, April 26th from 9-12:30

849 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA

VoW Learning Community

Using the Voice Witness Education Program goals of literacy, communication, community engagement, and critical thinking as a starting point, educators from around the Bay Area will explore essential questions and share their experiences related to oral history-based education. The morning will feature an informal keynote address by 826 National CEO Gerald Richards, an opportunity to connect with members of the Voice of Witness Learning Community in Chicago, and discounted educator “bundles” of Voice of Witness books and teacher resources. For more information, or to RSVP email Cliff Mayotte, Education Program Director atcliff.mayotte@voiceofwitness.org.


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Communication Arts and Sciences at Berkeley High School, 1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94703

For directions, visit: http://bhs.berkeleyschools.net/ 

June 23 – 26
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This unique 4-day training will highlight the power of personal narrative and provide educators with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms and communities. Workshop participants will engage in an interactive process that introduces the skills, ethics, and social significance of creating oral history, as exemplified by Voice of Witness and other leading practitioners in the field.

SLIDING SCALE TUITION: $150-$450 

Our sliding scale tuition makes the training accessible for a broad range of educators.
Please pay what your school, community, or organization can support!

 DURING THE TRAINING, PARTICIPANTS WILL:

• Conduct and share an oral history interview
• Hone transcribing and editing skills
• Read and discuss narratives from the Voice of Witness book series
• Incorporate activities from The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History 
• Work in small groups to share educational strategies and best practices
• Work with members of the Voice of Witness staff and prominent local oral history/humanities educators The training is geared towards new and experienced educators alike, and is particularly useful for teachers of history, social studies, social justice, English and the arts. Amplifying Unheard Voices aligns with several Common Core Curricular Standards, particularly in the areas of Reading History and Informational Texts, Speaking and Listening, and Language, in addition to promoting cultural competency, literacy, and critical thinking skills. The training is also relevant for community cultural workers, non profit organizations, advocates and artists.

WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

After completion of the training, participants will be better able to empower their communities to create their own oral history projects, including:

• Books
• Photo essays
• Podcasts
• Websites and blogs
• Live performances

 REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION 

Download registration form here

Cliff Mayotte, Education Program Director, Voice of Witness
cliff.mayotte@voiceofwitness.org

 WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY 

“From sharing deep-reaching stories of our lives to hands-on technical training, the Voice of Witness workshop also offered a nourishing space for professional renewal.”

- Shanti Elliot, Director of Community Connections, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL 

“Oral history, and the literacy skills that go along with it, should be built into the map of what all teachers teach.”

- Trevor Gardner, Lead Humanities Teacher, Envision Academy, Oakland, CA 

“ It was an amazing professional development experience. I learned so much about the power of stories and the art and craft of bringing out voices that might otherwise be silenced or overlooked.”

- Amy Crawford, Communication Arts and Sciences, Berkeley High School 

“The Voice of Witness training provides insightful guidance in unearthing our stories: in finding our own voice as educators, researchers, and community leaders… A hands-on learning experience that strengthens our ability to listen, connect, recognize.”

- Juliana Delgado Lopera, Writer/Editor


Join Voice of Witness and editor Audrey Petty in San Francisco to celebrate our latest book release! In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Voice of Witness in Conversation with Mother Jones
Editor Audrey Petty discusses the latest VOW release High Rise Stories with Mother Jones Research Editor, Maddie Oatman
8:00 pm. 826 Valencia
826 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Free and open to the public

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Editor Audrey Petty discusses High Rise Stories at SPUR
Please join VOW and SPUR members for this lunchtime event
12:30 pm. SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street (between 3rd St. and New Montgomery)
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
Free and open to the public

 

Past High Rise Stories events include . . .

Monday, September 16, 7 pm
Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
Voice of Witness and BookTable present Audrey Petty in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz at Unity Temple as part of the Writers at Wright series. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Friday, September 20, 6 pm-8 pm
826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Join Voice of Witness and 826CHI to celebrate the launch of High Rise Stories. More details to come.

Tuesday, September 24, 7 pm- 9 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted (M/C 051), Chicago, IL

Join Voice of Witness and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for an interactive reading and presentation with High Rise Stories editor Audrey Petty. More details to come.

Nov. 7th, 2013: High Rise Stories at Columbia University
6:30 pm. 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St.
New York, NY 10027
Presented by the Oral History Master of Arts at Columbia University
Free and open to the public


“When I was a kid on the south side of Chicago I’d drive by the Taylor Homes or Cabrini Green and, equipped with a head full of bleak legends, wonder: “What’s going on in there?” Now I know. This astonishing book tells us that what was going on in there was…life. Loving, fighting, kindness, insanity, addiction, aspiration, terror, redemption—everything that goes on in any human community but with the dual compressions of poverty and neglect. Audrey Petty and her team have recorded and edited these stories in a way that is joyful, novelistic, and deeply moving. High Rise Stories radically expanded my understanding of human beings.”

—George Saunders, Tenth of December

We’re thrilled to share words of praise for our forthcoming title, High Rise Stories, from bestselling author George Saunders. In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing will be in bookstores this September. To learn more, click here.

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Voice of Witness is delighted to announce the dates of our third annual oral history training for educators, Amplifying Unheard Voices. Join us June 24th- June 27th in San Francisco to take advantage of this incredible opportunity!

Amplifying Unheard Voices is a four-day professional development workshop that highlights the power of personal narrative and provides educators with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms and communities. Workshop participants will engage in an interactive process that introduces the skills, ethics, and social significance of doing oral history, as exemplified by Voice of Witness and other leading practitioners in the field. For more information, contact Cliff Mayotte.

The cost of this workshop is $400. Contact us for information about scholarships to help make attendance possible.

Click here to download an application.

 


Join Voice of Witness photographer Gabriele Stabile (Refugee Hotel) and editors Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening (Throwing Stones at the Moon) at the Virginia Festival of the Book, this Friday in Charlottesville, VA.

Gabriele, Sibylla, and Max will be discussing their work alongside Jacqueline Marie Hagan (Migration Miracle: Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey) at the festival panel ‘Stories of Immigration.’

Stories of Immigration at the Virginia Festival of the Book

When: Friday, March 22nd, 4:00 pm

Where: Central JMRL Library, 201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA

This discussion is co-hosted by International Rescue Committee, Immigration Clinic of the University of Virginia School of Law and Legal Aid Justice Center.

We hope to see you there!


Last week, Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman, photographer and editor of Refugee Hotel, spoke to students from Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and School of Journalism. The tenth title in the Voice of Witness series, Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. At the event, Gabriele and Juliet discussed the refugee experience, oral history, and photojournalism.

Click here to watch the video of Gabriele and Juliet at Columbia.

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This Saturday, join Voice of Witness and One Million Bones at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Voice of Witness’ Executive Director Mimi Lok will be discussing the work of Voice of Witness as a leader in human rights advocacy and arts education as part of a panel discussion entitled Giving Voice to the Voiceless. Other panelists include Erika Lubensky, Chief of Staff at Women for Women International, and David Evan Harris, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Lives Project, and the conversation will be moderated by Giulia McPherson, Deputy Director of Citizen Advocacy at CARE USA.

Part of the Students Rebuild Challenge hosted by the Museum and One Million Bones, all are welcome to make a clay bone—a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors in ongoing conflicts in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and the Sudan—before the talk. All the bones made at MoAD will be included in an installation that will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June.

To learn more about this free event, click here.

Event details:
Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street, San Francisco



Join Voice of Witness, photographer Gabriele Stabile, and editor Juliet Linderman at events celebrating the release of Refugee Hotel, the newest title in the Voice of Witness series. Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created.

We hope to see you at one of our events in New York this February!

Thursday, February 21, 6 pm-8 pm
Columbia University Stabile Student Center
2950 Broadway New York, NY 

Columbia University’s Oral History Masters of Arts, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and School of Journalism welcome Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman for a presentation and discussion on the role of oral history in contemporary human rights and photojournalism. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Friday, February 22, 12 pm-2:30 pm
má pêche at Chambers Hotel
15 W. 56th Street, New York, NY 

Join Momofuku, Voice of Witness, and the New York Public Library for ’What Does it Mean to Be(come) an American?’, opening the season for Momofuku’s popular 56th Street Round Table series. Panelists are Gabriele Stabile, Juliet Linderman, and Bob Carey, Vice President of Resettlement and Migration Policy for the International Rescue Committee. The conversation will be moderated by Amy Starecheski, Associate Director of the Oral History MA Program, Columbia University. Following the discussion, guests will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with the speakers over lunch, prepared by chef Paul Aarmichael and the má pêche team. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here and use ‘feb 56ff ’ for a special Voice of Witness discount code.

Tuesday, February 267 pm
PowerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY

PowerHouse Arena welcomes Refugee Hotel photographer and editor Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman for a talk and book signing, with refreshments provided by Drambuie. Click here for more information.

 

These events and the work of Voice of Witness are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 


Voice of Witness is honored to be a community co-sponsor of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education’s Heroes Celebration, taking place on January 27th at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.

We have been partnering with the Korematsu Institute for two years to offer teachers in their educational network a free resource featuring Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice excerpts and lesson plans, as well as offering oral history workshops and trainings to Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern and South Asian Communities in San Francisco.

Click here learn more.