Song Collection – Oral History Workshop


In this virtual song collection workshop, Oral History Summer School director Suzanne Snider will guide participants through an engaging exploration of historic and contemporary song collection practices before inviting participants to try them out in a supportive environment. This workshop involves presentation, discussion and practice (Yes, maybe a little singing!) with an emphasis on coming together to tell stories. Snider will discuss the ways that song collection can be an especially powerful invitation for the very young, the very old, for those dealing with memory loss and/or brain injuries, for those speaking across difference and for those who employ nontraditional communication styles.

Please note: No musical proficiency is required. If you can stumble through Row Row Row Your Boat, you are qualified to attend!

Pre-register and reserve your spot. Tickets are free.

1 p.m. introductions and exercise
1:30-2:15 presentation
2:30-3 work in pairs with prompts (and possibly record)
3:15-4 discussion/collection and composition examples
4-4:30 listening to what we recorded

A Zoom link will be added to this page and sent to all participants before the workshop.

About Suzanne Snider
Suzanne Snider (Founder/Director, Oral History Summer School 2012-) is a writer, documentarian, and educator whose work is deeply influenced by oral history theory and practice. Her most recent projects have taken the shape of sound installation, essays, and archive design. In 2012, she founded Oral History Summer School, an interdisciplinary training program in upstate New York. She consults frequently for institutions and project teams, collaborating with organizations including the National Public Housing Museum, MoMA, Center for Reproductive Rights and the Prison Public Memory Project. You can read more about OHSS’s collaborations, here. Her writing/audio work appear in The Guardian, The Believer, Legal Affairs, and The Washington Post, along with several anthologies and artist catalogs; she received a 2011 commission from Triple Canopy for New Media Reporting. Snider teaches at the New School for Public Engagement and served as a visiting lecturer at Columbia University (OHMA) in spring 2014. She is the co-founder (with journalist Allison Lichter) of the Mellon-funded Journalism and Trauma Workgroup to support journalists reporting on trauma and violence.

This program is sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.