OHA 2019

Saturday, 19 October 2019, 8:30-10:00 AM, Canyon’s Ballroom, Sheridan Salt Lake City, 2019 Oral History Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City

Goals for this discussion:

This roundtable’s goal is to showcase the myriad of ways to incorporate oral history subjects and methods into undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Specifically, this panel hopes to illustrate how both new and veteran scholars have folded oral history methods and content into their pedagogy across a variety of fields. While rooted in academia, we are eager to share how they balance the rigor of the methodology with new pathways that push against traditional assignments and embrace an innovative pedagogy. All presenters take to heart the changing digital landscape and aim to bring students into the production of oral history through either content or analysis. 

Please feel free to follow along with our discussion on this website and feel free to post questions to the panel below!


8:30 – 8:35 — Introductions

8:35 – 8:45 — Priscilla Martinez (University of California, Santa Cruz): The Struggles in adapting Oral History for Large Classes

8:45 – 8:55 — Marcia Gallo (University of Nevada, Las Vegas): the Benefits (and Challenges) of Oral Histories for an Undergraduate History Capstone Project

8:55 – 9:05 — Nancy MacKay (San Jose State University): Teaching Oral History in a Library and Information Science (LIS) Setting

9:05 – 9:15 — Karen E. Schairer (North Arizona University): Oral Histories as Learning Resources

9:15 – 9:40 — Roundtable Discussion

9:40 – 10:00 — Audience Questions


  1. The Importance of Oral History in the Humanities
  2. The Challenge of Larger Class Sizes
  3. Soliciting Partner Archives
  4. Thinking Non-Traditionally and Placing the Student In the Role of Public Historian


  1. Undergraduate History Capstone Projects at UNLV
  2. Collaborations with UNLV’s Oral History Research Center (OHRC), Special Collections, and UNLV Libraries
  3. Learning Outcomes for a hybrid S18 course
    • Students will select a local topic based on resources of UNLV’s Libraries, especially the oral histories at OHRC and archives at Special Collections
    • Students will complete a 25-page original research paper in one semester
    • Students will submit their papers and present research at a department-sponsored special event at the end of the semester
  4. Example Student Presentation: Breeana Fritchley’s Presentation, Spring 2018

For more information regarding UNLV’s Oral History Research Center (OHRC), click here.

For more information regarding UNLV Libraries, Special Collections, click here.


  1. Online Setting
  2. The Students
  3. Course Structure
  4. Learning Outcomes for the Course
  5. Course Materials


  1. Key Considerations and Motivations
    • Comprehensibility
    • Authenticity
    • Cultural Connections
  2. Classroom Use: Oral Histories for Different Learner Levels
    • Initial Steps
    • Intermediate Conversation and Composition
    • Advanced Level Writing and Culture Classes
    • Spanish Linguistic Classes
    • Capstone Projects
  3. Website walkthrough



This website hosts Dr. Schairer’s personal archive of approximately 600 spontaneous personal anecdotes narrated by individuals from seventeen Spanish-speaking countries.

Thank you for joining us today. This webpage and its resources will stay active after the conference. Please feel free to share!

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