For this project, you will be engaging in an oral history project involving data collection, analysis and presentation. The topic is about CoVid19 PANDEMIC and how it going to be particularly memorable.
Oral history project involving data collection, analysis and presentation
For this project, you will be engaging in an oral history project involving data collection, analysis and presentation. The topic is about CoVid19 PANDEMIC and how it going to be particularly memorable. However if this topic is too difficult/or is sensitive topic you can pick any historical event after 1865. Your interviewing two individuals, you can use yourself as one of the interviewee for my paper. I enlisted some of the interview questions.
a) Define the event.
b) Find individuals living during the period who remember the event.
c) Determine what questions should be asked of those individuals about the event.
d) Interview your subjects, and preferably record the interviews somehow (although not necessary.)
d) Pool the data and questions about the event collected and present it in a short analytical report using outside sources.
You should interview two people about the event, and you should attempt to have your subjects be as diverse as possible. I will leave the choice of subjects up to you.
PLEASE DO NOT INTERVIEW ANYONE IN PERSON DURING THE PANDEMIC.
Interviews can be done over email, phone, Face time, Zoom, etc. Follow-up interviews may be necessary to clarify certain points raised in the initial interview, and which come up during creation of the paper.
The questions need not be complex, but each interviewer must have a historical knowledge of the event such that they know how to talk about the event, they know how to listen to the subject concerning the event, and perhaps know how to respond with follow-up questions that may not be on the group’s prepared list of questions.
Also, the subject must be justified as relevant to the context of the course. The deeper connections you make between the experience of your subjects and the larger themes of the course, the better.
Older subjects are particularly preferred, i.e. grandparents, because their knowledge is more in danger of being lost. BUT DO NOT INTERVIEW IN PERSON (unless you are already STRICTLY isolating with that person.)
Examples of events:
Landing of men on the moon.
Presidential elections (1968, in particular, was memorable)
Gulf War I or II.
Super storm Sandy.
There are several other events one can choose from but remember that smaller events might not be remembered by everyone. Choose big, resonant, important events.
Your paper should consist of three main components. The first two need only be in list format. You should include in your report:
1) Firstly, A list of the prepared questions asked.
2) Secondly, A list of those interviewed, and most importantly.
3) Thirdly, A report analyzing the answers to these questions and any follow-up questions.
Your paper should also use outside sources (secondary sources are fine) to describe the event itself and to help analyze the particular perspective your subjects bring to the event. For instance, if you interview your mother about the Kennedy assassination, and she worked in an office at the time, you might want to find out how working women viewed Kennedy at the time. This can help shed light on your mother’s reaction, and on the reaction of middle-class working women in the 1960s in general. This is only one example among an infinite number of examples.
Most of all, have fun. Interviewing your elders and showing an interest in their personal history can be a very rewarding experience.
Oral History Interview Questions
1. How is the Coronavirus Pandemic affecting you?
2. How is it affecting your job?
3. How is it affecting your personal life?
4. How is it affecting your children?
5. Have you ever experienced something like this?
6. Did the Pandemic ruin any plans?
7. How are you handling this Pandemic?
8. Are you an essential worker? How does it feel working during this Pandemic?
9. How is Costa Rica handling this Pandemic?
10. How is Florida handling this Pandemic?
11. How are you passing the time of self-quarantine?
12. Is this Pandemic affecting you financially?
13. How are you staying safe during this Pandemic?
14. What do you think the city should do about this Pandemic?
15. How would you handle it if was the president or the mayor?