Oral History Training at Science History Institute

January 6-9, 2020, Philadelphia, PA, USA

We are proud to provide training to individuals interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies. For one week, instructors will work with scholars and researchers who are planning or have started research that has interviewing as a core component. During this week individuals are introduced to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology; interviewing techniques and performing mock interviews; legal and ethical issues; transcription practices; archiving; recording equipment and its use; data management; and other relevant topics. A portion of the week will be dedicated to interviewing skills and practice. Training will take place at our headquarters in Philadelphia.

The Science History Institute has been conducting interviews for over thirty years, and is one of the only institutions in the United States to focus its work on oral histories of scientists. While the scope of the training workshop will focus through a STEM lens, individuals of all fields are welcome!

We encourage you to register early as space is limited. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer financial assistance to participants but do offer flexible registration rates for individuals and groups. We encourage you to check with your home institutions about financial support. Participants will be provided a packet that includes a reader and templates use by Institute staff throughout the interview process. Resources and schedule will be made available electronically to allow for preparation.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Samantha Blatt, sblatt@sciencehistory.org.

Posted: November 08, 2019