New event series: How We Listen

Graphic detailing with geometric shapes and Kickstarter Union Oral History podcast logo with two hands clasped in handshake; How We Listen event details, including Zoom registration link

Oral histories are intense in all the ways: they’re intensive in design, listening skills, execution, telling one’s story, to archive and to process.

But what about listening to them? How do we go about listening to oral histories? What does it take to construct a listenable interview? How much thought goes into oral history for the ear?

Join OHAC for the first How We Listen session, a new event series focused on sharing oral history audio from our deep and wide archives. Let’s figure out what it means to really hear the stories people tell when gifting the world with their oral history.

Sign up for the first How We Listen session with Clarissa Redwine, creator, producer and host for the podcast, Kickstarter Union Oral History. Clarissa is a former Kickstarter employee and was on the ground for the unionization drive.

Clarissa and Kimberly Springer, Curator for the Oral History Collections at Columbia University, will discuss the ins and outs of producing this ten-part podcast that documents the formation of one of the first white-collar unions in the tech field.

Kickstarter Union Oral History reveals podcast production for the craft that it is: a coherent story arc, vibrant storytelling, compelling characters and cliffhangers that don’t feel cheap and make you want to know more. The podcast is produced by Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU Law of Engleberg Center Live!

We’re also honoring the 600 laborers caught in the Shirtwaist Triangle Factory fire on March 25, 1909. One hundred and forty-six died in the fire. More than 20,000 workers who went on an industry-wide strike for “better wages, standardized work day, improved working conditions, and union representation.”

Register for this session and listen in advance. Unlike a book club where it’s “okay if you don’t read the book,” your participation will be greatly enhanced if you’ve listened to at least a few episodes and join the conversation. Trust us: you’ll want to listen to every available episode!

Update: here’s the video for the event!