“The University of Sydney has commenced a research study focused on multilingualism, to assess the effect of immigration on Australia’s identity. The project titled ‘Opening the Multilingual Archive of Australia’ (OMAA) is being led by Professor Adrian Vickers, with a full team of researchers from diverse linguistic backgrounds.” Read more here.
In 2019, just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Executive Dean of Macquarie Business School Professor Eric Knight arrived at Stanford University with his wife and daughters.
As an Australian-American Fulbright Senior Scholar, he was there to investigate how American universities such as Stanford were changing the research landscape and offering a new model for the modern research university. Find out more and watch video here.
“The birth control pill traces its origins to an unexpected place: an infertility clinic. It all started in the 1950s with an odd scientific couple, two Massachusetts men known for their expertise in reproduction — not the opposite.” Read story which includes link to oral history interview here.
“The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries has a vast collection of stories from military veterans and their families. Center Director Dr. Doug Boyd highlights an interview from 1985 with Kentucky native, Judy Hartline Elbring, a nurse who served two tours in Vietnam.” Read story with link to interview here.
How will Obama’s Presidency be remembered? A massive new oral history project will help shape his legacy. Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) were chosen by the Obama Foundation to document President Obama’s time in the Oval Office. To accurately reflect the transformative nature of this presidency, the team set out to create a presidential oral history like no other. Read full article here.
“Join in conversations about difference, diversity and circumstance. We invite you to pair up with someone you might not normally have met to hear their story and ask questions in this unique experience drawing on each other’s humanity.” Find out more here.
Over the past month, for the first time, I listened to the testimony of my late great-grandmother, Mary Antekelian, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. The interview is an audio recording, but I could picture the conversation as if I were in the room – my grandma, Sirvard Antekelian, sitting by her mother-in-law’s side, interjecting throughout the oral history interview to make sure that Mary, then around 81, answered questions clearly and with historical accuracy. Read full story here.
Over 150 hours of First Nations oral history and songs were at risk because the recordings were stored on obsolete tapes and discs. That was until the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) stepped in to preserve the incredible Central Australia Men’s Audio Collection with $270,000 funding through our Indigenous Languages and Arts program. Read full story here.
We are fast approaching deadline – 30 April 2023 – for reports for the next issue of our journal Studies in Oral History. Find out more here.