Thursday, December 3rd, 4pm Pacific Ethics and Consent with Remote Interviewing Click to Register There is a lot to consider when it comes to consent, and ethical practices of conducting oral history. COVID19 has exacerbated these concerns. Join us for a dialogue about navigating our new challenges in oral history.
We need to continue to feel like teachers. We are experts in content and the process of learning. In the age of information, social isolation will not stop quality education. That’s what we’re here to do. It honestly kills me to know that I may miss out on seeing people I love – colleagues, friends, family members, and students – in order to protect them from an unseen risk. But we can continue to collaborate and innovate. Necessity, as they say, is the Mother of Invention. Get ready for a Mother of a ride!
Here’s my plan: I’m going to work my booty off the only way I know how. I’m going to check in with you regularly. I’m going to ask you what’s going well and what has been difficult. I’m going to rely on you to tell me about a technological tool you’ve just mastered. I’m going to help you whenever I can. Ever the historian, I am also going to record, collect, and analyze our experiences. I’ll journal every working day about what you’re teaching me. Reach out. Let me know how it’s going.
We’re going to feel more and more like teachers every day!
Share your triumphs and struggles of teaching in the COVID era. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to the current global health crisis, South Phoenix Oral History Project will be suspending all in-person operations. Therefore, all interviews will be postponed until a future date.
Students, however, will continue to analyze and publish academic scholarship on our website. If you were recently interviewed, keep an eye out for your story on our narrator page!
In addition, I am disappointed to share that our March 27th Anniversary Event, Origins: Celebrating 40 Years of SMCC is tentatively rescheduled to September 18th. Out of respect for our community and founders, we find it in our best interest to avoid gathering as a group. I’m very sad to miss the opportunity to celebrate our college and its achievements. Please know that we will throw a heck of a makeup party down the road, when it is the right time.
“Need some teaching inspiration? The South Phoenix Oral History Project is a digital oral history of a rich but understudied part of Phoenix–and it began as a student history project at the local community college. If that doesn’t get you excited about the relevance of teaching right now, I don’t know what will!”
~Rebecca Barrett-Fox, PhD
More and More Every Day and SPOH have been highlighted as a source of great teaching and commitment! Read more here.
We are excited to share that the work of our faculty and students has been recognized as a recipient of the League Excellence Awards! The League Excellence Awards “recognize outstanding faculty, staff, and leaders in the community college field who have made a significant difference in the lives of students and in the communities their colleges serve.”
We are delighted that our work is being recognized in this way. Our college president, Dr. Shari Olson, will be at the annual League for Innovation conference this spring to represent the work done at SMCC.
The co-founders of the the South Phoenix Oral History Project and I presented on the work our students have been doing on behalf of our campus and our local community. The reception was great with folks from the Arizona Archives, the Salt River Project, and colleagues from the country weighing in on the good work we do. In our presentation, we got great feedback on SPOH’s use of multimedia, and people seemed stoked that we are doing work on the history of South Phoenix! After that, we got to explore a little bit of SLC.
I also had the opportunity to attend several panels and review posters about Oral History in a variety of forms. I watched two graduate students present on their academic work, I sat in on a discussion regarding using Oral History in undergraduate face to face and online classes, and I learned what other community college leaders are doing to incorporate this work in their classes.
At the SOHA Awards Reception, Travis May and I learned from Dr. Ignacio Garcia, a nationally sought Oral Historian, and represented South Mountain Community College, when we won a mini-grant from the organization!
In October, 2019 students enrolled in history classes at SMCC explored the archive. During their time in the archive, they reviewed primary documents, made historical claims, and produced short videos demonstrating what they learned. See below one group’s coverage of two people in 1983: One famous, and one relatively unknown, but very significant to our students.