oralhistory

The Sharing History Initiative is Underway!

February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Education, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: , , , , , |

School is officially in session, and teachers who received curricula and copies of The Voice of Witness Reader through the Sharing History Initiative have already got their students digging into the stories inside. Here’s what they have to say so far: “With my 8th graders, I have already read stories of wrongful conviction and experiences of prisoners [...]

“Translation Brings Tales of Woe Home to Burmese Readers”

January 21st, 2016|Categories: Burma, Exile & Displacement, Political Oppression|Tags: , , , |

Maggie Lemere, left, and Zoë West, right, at the launch of the Burmese-language translation of the book Nowhere to Be Home, on Saturday, January 18, 2016 in Rangoon. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy) In light of Burma’s history of oppressive censorship, we couldn’t be more thrilled that the stories of former political prisoners and [...]

Dec. 2: OakTechRep Performs Excerpts from Voices from the Storm

November 25th, 2015|Categories: Arts, Education, Events, New Orleans|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  Arts Alliances: Real Time Collaboration Location: SoleSpace, 1714 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA Date: December 2, 2015  |  7:30-9pm Come join OakTech Rep, Oakland Technical High School’s award winning theatre company, as they perform excerpts from their recent production Voices from the Storm. Based on oral histories from 13 people from New Orleans who lived [...]

Wrongful Conviction Day: Narrator Spotlight on Beverly Monroe of Surviving Justice

October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Criminal Justice, Narrators|Tags: , , , , , |

 Beverly Monroe is the epitome of southern gentility— gracious, warm, and impeccably mannered. With a degree in organic chemistry and three grown children, Beverly is difficult to picture as an inmate. And yet in 1992 she was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Her story appeared in the very [...]

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th, 2015|Categories: Activism, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, Narrators|Tags: , , |

A Narrator Shares His Hopes for What Activism and the Arts Will Do for His Hometown of Tehuacán Martín was raised in a family of activists in Tehuacán, Mexico. He has spent over twenty years working as a human rights advocate in the Mexican state of Puebla, and he has defended labor rights for over [...]

Voice of Witness on KALW’s Your Call

August 25th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

  On Monday, August 24, Voice of Witness was featured on KALW’s Your Call, a call-in show hosted by Rose Aguilar that focuses on politics, culture, dialogue, and debate. Listeners had an opportunity to call in with questions for us. The conversation included both core Voice of Witness staff and one of our book editors: Cofounder [...]

Launching Today: The Voice of Witness Sharing History Initiative

August 24th, 2015|Categories: Education, Sharing History Initiative|Tags: , , , , , , |

  In celebration of ten years of amplifying unheard voices, we’ve launched the Sharing History Initiative. We are excited to announce that the Voice of Witness Education Program has just launched the Sharing History Initiative. This one-year national book placement program will place 1,500 copies of The Voice of Witness Reader into 50 schools and organizations all around [...]