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Oral History Workshop: What Does Democracy Mean to You?

What does Democracy mean to you?  What does it mean to be an informed and engaged citizen?

Delaware Humanities, the Delaware Historical Society, and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press are offering a free Oral History Workshop for teachers and students, Grades 7-12, the week of February 1. The workshop will cover designing questions, conducting interviews, and options of free or inexpensive equipment and software to capture the recordings.

Registration is required.  Prior to the workshop, registrants will be sent a packet of materials.  Included will be a classroom activity which teachers can conduct with students after the workshop.

The theme of the workshop is “What does Democracy mean?  What does it mean to be an informed and engaged citizen?” While the skills discussed can be applied to any subject, students who conduct interviews related to the theme are asked to share them with Delaware Humanities, the Delaware Historical Society, and the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press.  The interviews will become part of the Delaware Historical Society’s archives and the top interviews may be featured in a future episode of Delaware Humanities’ podcast A Matter of Facts.

We currently have a group of local journalists willing to work with teachers to be interviewed by their students.  If you are a classroom teacher interested in having your students conduct interviews, please indicate this on the form linked to below.

The workshop will take place live the week of February 1, date and time to be announced.  Recordings will also be available.

Please sign up on our Save the Date form to receive more information and to take our short survey on best dates and times for the program.

We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.