Roger Eardley-Pryor, Oral History Interviewer

Closed (1) Oral History Project on Environment, Democracy, and Justice for High School Education and Curriculum Development

Applications for fall 2021 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 1953, including hundreds of deeply researched, multiple-session interviews with women and men engaged in environmental activism as well as numerous pioneers of environmental law. Transcripts and original audio/video of these interviews are deposited in The Bancroft Library and made available online to produce the nation's largest public, digitally accessible archive of environmental oral histories. Among many other environment-themed interviews, the OHC collection includes our long-standing and ongoing oral history project interviewing national leaders of the Sierra Club, one of the oldest, largest, and most influential environmental organizations. Our Sierra Club Oral History Project provides an extraordinary lens on the evolution of environmental issues and activism over the past century, as well as the motivations, conflicts, and triumphs of individuals who helped direct that evolution.

We need your research and creativity to help shape these materials into high school curriculum that matches state and national education standards on Environment, Democracy, and Justice!

Storytelling, research, and education are at the heart of this URAP project.

Undergraduates on this project will conduct digital archival research with Ph.D. historians and OHC staff; they will identify and analyze primary source stories and memories from oral history interviews to be used effectively for teaching high school students; they will provide historical context for these stories and memories; they will offer guiding questions to spark further exploration and analysis; and they will ensure these materials map onto established teaching standards identified by the statewide California Education and the Environment Initiative, as well as the inquiry-based instructional models approved by the State Board of Education and promoted by the California History-Social Science Project. URAP participants will learn about oral history methodology, curriculum development, and histories of environmental law and activism. URAP students will also draft blog posts about their semester of work.

Qualifications: Interest in history (particularly on the environment, politics, law, and social activism); interest in storytelling; interest in narrative sources created through intersubjective interviews. The ability to conduct self-guided historical research; to maintain focus with detail and accuracy; to review audio/video materials and written transcripts in a timely and reliable fashion; to engage professionally with fellow URAP students and mentors; and to express yourself clearly and thoughtfully. Experience with Zoom, Microsoft Office, and the online suite of Google's Documents and Drive tools is necessary, and experience with audio/video editing software is a plus. Students 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: Oral Historian of science, technology, and environment at The Bancroft Library, Roger Eardley-Pryor, PhD.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: This position will be remote. Be where you want to be.

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