SOHA Conference

March 31-April 3, 2011 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA


All workshops listed here take place Friday, April 1, 2011.

All workshops located at Centenary United Methodist Church
300 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012
(See SOHA Conference Google Map)

(Looking for the computer lab workshops? they’re over here.)

Workshop Overview

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Church Church Church
9:00 am – Noon Documenting Memories: An Introduction to Oral History TechniquesVirginia Espino$40 Self-Publishing a Hardbound Book (With Color Photos)Randy Sakamoto$40 From Transcript to Script to PerformanceJean Maria Arrigo, ammi kohn$45
Noon – 1:20 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:15 pm Using Project Management for Successful ProjectsMarie Chung$30 The Essentials of a Well-Recorded Interview Bob Wayne$30
3:30 – 5:15 pm Project Management for Community Oral History Projects Nancy MacKay$30 Alternative to Transcription: The Summary MethodDr. Kaye Briegel$30

Note: If you sign up for 3 workshops (1 morning, 2 afternoon), the price is $80. (Save $20)

From Transcript to Script to Performance

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 5:15 PM (all day)
Facilitators: Jean Maria Marrigo, Ammi Kohn, (Theatre Director TBA)
Cost: $45

Workshop Goal: Using live performance of scripts in different stages of development, the workshop will both demonstrate and analyze, in a practical way, the range of techniques and possibilities in Oral History and Performance.

Methodology: Each Oral History and Performance working group member describes the process used in developing his/her script, which is then performed by members of the working group and other workshop participants. An experienced theatre director will advise on how to dramatize the scripts effectively. Open discussion with questions from all attendees will follow. All attendees will have a book of the scripts on which they can make notes. Facilitators will open the day with a general discussion of oral history and performance, keyed to the scripts. Five to seven scripts, with a wide variety of style, content, and process of creation, constitute the content of the workshop. The emphasis is on practical help for those interested in developing a performance piece.

Documenting Memories: An Introduction to Oral History Techniques

Facilitator: Virginia R. Espino, UCLA Center for Oral History Research
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: $40

Thinking of starting an oral history project in your community or other organization? Interested in doing family histories but don’t know how to begin? Attend this interactive workshop covering all the essentials such as planning, research, equipment, interviewing techniques and legal and ethical issues. Participants will gain an overall understanding of oral history in an archival context; Get practical experience in oral history interviewing; Establish a fundamental knowledge in the technologies of recording and preservation; Develop a basic familiarity with the practical and theoretical underpinnings in the field.

Self-Publishing a Hardbound Book (With Color Photos)

Facilitator: Randy Sakamoto
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12 noon
Cost: $40

A beginning to end how-to covering details, tips, and pros & cons of digital photography, cameras, scanners, family tree software, photo editing software, ink, paper, printers, storage, composing a book, and various internet printing services. He will address researching family, church, and Japanese American history in the process.

The Essentials of a Well-Recorded Interview

Facilitator: Bob Wayne, Sunburst Recording
Time: 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Cost: $30

Topics will include setup procedures and equipment necessary for recording an oral history and for archiving existing oral history recordings to hard drive and CD. Room acoustics…sound isolation and live vs. dead sounding rooms. Compression and equalization tutorial. Analog and digital formats and their accompanying pitfalls including format and tape speed issues, tape splices, sticky tape, shedding tape, print through, head and pinch roller cleaning, acetate and vinyl disc cleaning and other problems.

Using Project Management for Successful Projects

Facilitator: Marie Chung, Certified Project Manager (certified Project Management Professional)
Time: 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Cost: $30

Are you wrestling with a runaway oral history project?  Does your project seem to grow features on its own?  Now that you’re into your project, do you feel fuzzy about what exactly you’re trying to do? Learn how to apply Project Management methods and tools to breakdown roadblocks and regain control of your project.

This workshop will cover how to define the scope and requirements of a project, define who are stakeholders and others team members, breakdown project tasks, develop project plans and schedules, manage resources, and analysis project risks – all part of your toolkit for creating a successful project.

We will discuss proven tools and techniques, which can be used in any field, and applied used to run small to large projects.  You can begin to apply these tools to your project  through a combination of presentation, discussion, and interactive exercises.

The presenter, Marie Chung, is a certified project manager (PMP) with over 20 years of experience in managing projects in the areas of healthcare, construction and information technology.

Alternative to Transcription: The Summary Method:

Facilitator: Dr. Kaye Briegel, Co-Director, Virtual Oral/Aural History Archives (VOAHA), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
Time: 3:30-5:15 pm
Cost: $30

Developed by Sherna Berger Gluck for the Feminist History Resource Project, the Summary Method is used by the Oral History Program at CSULB and the VOAHA at CSULB. This method emphasizes the narration as the primary document while providing searchable content summaries of oral histories. Learn this time saving, cost saving, and intellectually stimulating approach. Dr. Briegel has this method for over two decades with oral history projects.

Project Management for Community Oral History Projects

Facilitator: Nancy MacKay
Time: 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Cost: $30

Thinking about an oral history project but don’t know where to begin? Half way through a project that lost steam? Completed the interviews but don’t know how to keep them safe?

If you are asking these questions, you are not alone. These are all common problem points in the life cycle of a community oral history project. This workshop will examine project management in oral history by breaking the project into three stages: planning, interviewing, and archiving. We will work through each stage using real life scenarios for class exercises.  Everyone is welcome, but the emphasis will be on small, community based oral history projects. Participants currently planning or in the midst of a project are encouraged to share their experience with the group. Participants will receive worksheets, templates and checklists that can be adapted to their own oral history projects.

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