Roger Eardley-Pryor, Oral History Interviewer

Closed (1) Oral History Projects on Environment, Energy, Science and Technology, Climate Change, and Justice

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

The Oral History Center (OHC) of The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley has conducted thousands of oral history interviews since its establishment in 1954, including hundreds of deeply researched and multiple-session interviews with women and men engaged in environmental activism, in the management of natural resources, and in science and technology research. Transcripts of these interviews are deposited in the Bancroft Library and made available online. New oral history projects now underway include multi-session interviews with national leaders of the Sierra Club, longstanding faculty in Berkeley’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and former regulators of California’s privately-owned public utilities for energy, water, and telecommunications. We want your assistance with these and forthcoming oral history interviews on topics relating to the environment, energy, science and technology, climate change, and justice.

Undergraduates on this project will conduct background research with Ph.D. historians and OHC staff; create interview outlines and formulate questions for interviewees; support the audio/video recording of interviews; aid in the editing and review of the audio/video files and written transcripts of oral histories; and, if desired, engage in the analysis and presentation of the oral history materials they will help produce. Advanced students might be asked to develop their own oral history projects, explore and apply for outside funding, and/or conduct their own related interviews.

Qualifications: Interest in history (particularly of science, technology, and the environment), and interest in the production of narrative sources through intersubjective interviews. Ability to conduct self-guided historical research; to maintain focus with detail and accuracy; to express themselves clearly and thoughtfully; to engage professionally and respectfully with interviewees; and to review A/V materials and written transcripts in a timely and reliable fashion. Students should have experience with Microsoft Office and the online suite of Google's Documents and Drive tools, and they should be willing to ask questions to ensure tasks are well understood and completed correctly. Importantly, students must have a willingness to think critically and creatively. Research supervisor: Roger Eardley-Pryor, PhD Oral Historian of science, technology, and environment The Bancroft Library

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

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