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Upcoming Events

Beginning Again: Stories of Movement and Migration in Appalachia – Book Launch
June 20, 2024 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET
Virtual

Join us for the launch of Beginning Again: Stories of Movement and Migration in Appalachia, a new book out from Voice of Witness and Haymarket! This collection brings together oral histories of refugees, migrants, and generations-long residents that explore complex journeys of resettlement. In their stories, Appalachia is not simply a monolithic region of poverty and strife stuck in the past, but rather a diverse place where belonging and connection are created despite displacement, resource extraction, and inequality.

Taken together, the narratives present a nuanced look at life in contemporary Appalachia, expand our ideas of who belongs, and add to the growing body of works that counter damaging myths of the region. Tune in to hear from project editor Katrina Powell, narrators Babikir Harane and Mekyah Davis, and VOW’s managing editor Dao X. Tran.

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Beginning Again – Migration and Movement in Appalachia
Workshop: Narrator Experience and Storytelling Ethics
July 31, 2024 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET
Virtual

VOW’s summer workshop series provides training opportunities to help you gain skills, reflect on best practices, and plan a storytelling project to amplify community voices.

Workshop #1 provides an introduction to our ethics-driven, empathy-based approach to oral history storytelling, with a focus on trauma-informed practices and centering the voices and experiences of narrators throughout the project. We’ll create space to collectively reflect on important ethical questions, and a VOW narrator will share their perspectives on telling their story through the oral history process. The workshop will be facilitated by VOW staff and Gabriel Mendez, a narrator from Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America.

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ethical storytelling principles
Workshop: Exploring the Interview Process
August 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET
Virtual

Workshop #2 provides an introduction to VOW’s interview practices, focusing on the role of respect, curiosity, trauma-informed approaches, insider/outsider power dynamics, consent, and more. We’ll explore case studies and create space to discuss best practices and challenges that may arise during oral history interviews. The workshop will be facilitated by VOW staff and Andrea Quijada, a media literacy consultant, community organizer, and co-editor of the upcoming VOW book Global Stories from the Automated Welfare State.

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storytelling support for interviews for an oral history project
Workshop: Exploring the Interview Process
August 28, 2024 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET
Virtual

Workshop #3 provides an introduction to an oral history editing style that combines journalistic integrity and a literary approach to honor narrators’ voices and highlight complex issues through personal story. We’ll explore concrete skills and tips and provide an opportunity to practice on a sample transcript. This workshop will share best practices from VOW’s 15+ years illuminating issues of inequity through first-person narrative.

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