Public Humanities Working Group hosts events on digital storytelling, counter-archives, and oral history

February 7, 2024

Over the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters, the Public Humanities Working Group (PHWG) organized a diverse series of public programs. Organized by co-facilitators Nancy Escalante and Clara Mejia Orta, the series included:

November 27 - Nancy Escalante on Counter-Archives, a conversation about community-based archiving in which Escalante discussed her work with the Maria Guardado Collective. 

December 6  - Dario Valles, Assistant Professor in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CHLS) at California State University, Long Beach, on Participatory Methods: Digital Storytelling, Documentary, and Testimonios, a presentation on his current project of developing a feature-length, participatory documentary entitled No Separate Survival on the global asylum crisis converging in Mexico.

February 7 - Clara Mejia Orta on Esenciales no Desechables / Essential Not Disposable: Oral Histories of Meatpacking Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, an interview style oral history project focused on archiving the lived experiences of union meatpacking workers in Kansas and Oklahoma during the pandemic.

We invite interested students to reach out to Clara or Nancy to learn more about the Working Group or propose programming ideas! You can stay up to date with PHWG programming by joining our newsletter.