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The Revolutionary Ideal: Transforming Community through Oral History 

When: Oct. 24-28 2007
Price: $20-$65

Historians, anthropologists, folklorists, and sociologists have long used oral history as a means of documentation, whether to record slave narratives or trace the lineage of Native American tribes. And while it's always been socially acceptable to weave a story together from personal anecdotes or eyewitness accounts, we're only beginning to explore the vast potential of the medium. This year's 41st meeting of the Oral History Association - held Wednesday through Sunday at Oakland Marriott City Center - will include panels, workshops, and plenary sessions that discuss the political dimensions of oral history, and how new technologies have eased the process of story gathering. Titled The Revolutionary Ideal: Transforming Community through Oral History, this year's conference will cover everything from Palestinian political humor to GLBT military personnel to local oral history projects targeting Salvadoran Artists, waterfront workers, and African-American youth living in the Fruitvale neighborhood of East Oakland. For information, visit

— Rachel Swan


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