Georgia Highlands College

Tea and Talk for Women’s History Month

Kerin Miller, assistant professor of English at the Douglasville campus, decided to celebrate Women’s History Month on March 27 in a less traditional way than usual by having her students interview an older woman.  The purpose of the exercise was to draw out a personal history in the oral telling of a story.  Students were allowed to interview anyone who agreed to participate, including relatives and friends.

They learned that getting a complete oral history from someone takes time and effort.  To make that history into an interesting narrative requires skilled questioning and a patient ear.  The interviews took about an hour and included information about the interviewee’s childhood, family traditions and some philosophical musings. 

To preserve their stories, participants can record their histories through National Public Radio’s Storycore, which gathers and saves oral histories.

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