Oral History Newsletter I (October 27, 2002)
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the MALS Oral History Newsletter! This newsletter will be sent via email once a semester and is intended to keep all of us connected and informed about what is happening in the oral history community. To help us toward that goal, we would love to hear from you. Are you currently working on an oral history project? Do you know of a new publication or grant opportunity we all should know about? Have you thought of a snappy title for this very publication? Please let us know.
Maria Graham, Editor
Ming Geng, Assistant Editor
A common passion links many MALS students whose academic pursuits have included such disparate subjects as the history of one-room schoolhouses, marathon running, and courtroom litigation. That passion is the art and science of oral history.
On Saturday, October 19 Professors Harvey and Myrna Frommer hosted the first annual Oral History Circle at the Hanover Inn. An appreciation for this powerful and unique medium brought together nearly thirty students who have studied with the Frommers since they taught their first oral history course at Dartmouth in 1994. Students interested in taking MALS 191 also attended, as did many spouses, and Dola Neill brought her sister, who emigrated from Nigeria earlier this month. This variety of students and friends made for a lively couple of hours of mingling, followed by warm remarks by the Frommers and impromptu sharing by past and current students of their experiences with oral history. (See attached photos from early in the evening.)
Future Oral History Circles and other gatherings are planned, including a workshop for students currently working with the Frommers on their theses, which cover topics ranging from Yoruba folktales to New Hampshire's presidential primary. Stay tuned!
Want to know what the Frommers have been up to in addition to their teaching and mentoring at Dartmouth? Check out Harvey's newest book, A Yankee Century. The book was released this month by Berkely Publishing Group to great critical acclaim. Booklist said "More fun than any other Yankee title this year is Frommer's gem. This is the sort of book you want by your side during the season and all through the long winter, to dip into to astound and amaze your companions." Of course, oral history found its way into the book; Booklist's favorite section is the one packed with "pages of one-liners and quips." Harvey will be signing copies of A Yankee Century at 1:30 on Saturday, November 2 at the Dartmouth Bookstore.
Speaking of books, many of us appreciated glancing at the several oral history theses that circulated the room at the Oral History Circle. If you are interested in reading them at your leisure, completed theses by MALS students are always available on the fourth level of Berry at the call number LD 1447.7.