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Q&A: Alia Malek on Syria, Narrative Journalism, and the Power of Making It Personal

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , |

Photo: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos In her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, journalist Alia Malek (editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice) recounts her journey to reclaim and restore her grandmother's apartment in Damascus at the start of the Arab Spring. We recently had the chance to [...]

Webinar: Media Options for Sharing Out Your Oral Histories

March 18th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Webinar|

Listen Up: Media Options for Sharing Out Your Oral Histories Online Webinar Monday, April 24, 2017  |  3:30 – 4:10pm PST What's the best type of media for your oral history project? The third webinar from the VOW Education Program will explore the various types of digital and traditional media used [...]

Now Open! Temporary VOW Book Store at Aesop in LA & Brooklyn

March 17th, 2017|Categories: Events|

Copyright Chien-Chi Chang/Magnum Photos Voice of Witness is coming to LA and Brooklyn! Starting March 17, 2017, Aesop is hosting temporary VOW book stores featuring books from the VOW series at their signature stores at Aesop Silver Lake, Los Angeles and Aesop Bergen Street, Brooklyn. The display, titled "Illuminating the Unseen," features VOW books on immigration and public [...]

Workshop: Teaching Sikh History and the Immigrant Experience

March 10th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events|

Guru Nanak converses with Muslim clerics, from a manuscript of the Janam Sakhi (Life Stories), 1800–1900. India or Pakistan; Punjab region. Opaque watercolors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of the Kapany Collection, 1998.58.22. Photograph © Asian Art Museum. Workshop: Teaching Sikh History and the Immigrant Experience Where: Asian Art Museum [...]

A Story of Racial Injustice Inspired This Moving Poem from a Middle Schooler

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Arts, Education, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice, Sharing History Initiative|

Student writing We're about midway through the 2016-17 Sharing History Initiative, and we're witnessing a lot of exciting work from participating teachers and students. Jennifer Dean is an 8th grade English teacher at Leander Middle School, a Title I school just north of Austin, Texas. As part of this year's Sharing History cohort, she received a classroom [...]

VOW on PBS Book View Now at 2017 AWP Conference

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Activism, Arts, News|Tags: |

In an interview with PBS Book View Now, VOW's executive director and co-founder Mimi Lok spoke about VOW's work at the intersection of literature and human rights. The interview took place at the 2017 Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington D.C., where over 12,000 writers gathered for panels, workshops, [...]

Register Today: Amplifying Unheard Voices Summer Oral History Training

February 11th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events|

Interested in storytelling? Join Voice of Witness for our seventh annual Amplifying Unheard Voices Oral History Training from June 27-30, 2017 in San Francisco. This unique four-day training highlights the power of personal narrative and provides educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms [...]

10 Must-Read Books for Black History Month

February 1st, 2017|Categories: Education|

In honor of Black History Month, the Voice of Witness team has put together a list of 10 must-read books by black authors. The list includes a mix of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction (including oral history!). Happy reading! 1. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel [...]

Dave Eggers, Voice of Witness, and Thousand Currents at AWP in Washington, D.C. — February 9, 2017

January 31st, 2017|Categories: Events|

      Going to AWP this year? Join Voice of Witness and our partner Thousand Currents on Thursday, February 9th for a book-signing with VOW Co-founder Dave Eggers and a panel on the intersections of literature and human rights storytelling. See below for details. CONFERENCE INFO Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference Walter [...]

USF School of Education & Voice of Witness Team Up for Human Rights Education Course

January 28th, 2017|Categories: Education|Tags: , , |

USF students learn strategies for teaching human rights during an interactive lesson led by Voice of Witness staff. This article was originally published on the University of San Francisco's blog and has been re-published here with the author's permission. View the original article here. Human Rights Education: Pedagogy & Praxis By Lisa Klope, Associate Director, Admission, [...]