Building Communities through Dialogue: An Oral History Project

In a collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the VSU Honors College participated in the National Campus Leaders Summit, Cultivating Community and (Re)Defining Civic Engagement. As a participant group in this event, the Honors College has initiated an oral history project to compile testimony about ritual and traditions from a variety of participants focusing on community, religion, society, and family perspectives. 

The collections of oral histories of individuals from diverse groups engages participants to discuss their culture and perceptions of others’ culture, serves to reveal common themes across race, ethnicity, and religious boundaries. In particular, all cultures observe the common custom of sharing food at social events and holidays. Our intent is to bring groups together with an understanding of common experiences serves to expand our knowledge of diverse groups.

In building an archive of oral histories focusing on these relationships, the expectation is to see what we have in common and also how we are different. Our intention to investigate your stories will give us a better understanding of your experiences and culture.

This website serves as a platform to disseminate the oral testimonials and to solicit feedback and participation in our project. If you are interested in being interview, please fill out the form below. 

Faculty and Student Researchers:

  • Dr. Michael Savoie, Dean of the Honors College
  • Professor Gardner Rogers, Department of English and Honors Associate
  • Sean Jankowski, Co-Leader
  • April Salas, Co-Leader
  • Sylandi Brown
  • Josh Reed
  • Ansley Watson
  • Ginny Wilson

Past Members/Contributors:

  • Kristy Clark, Project Leader
  • Nick Anderson
  • Logan Crace

YouTube - Oral Histories

YouTube - SRHC Presentation - Building Communities: An Oral History Project

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