I have been lucky to work over the past semester with Dr. Lauren Fordyce and Dr. Neel Ahuja on an engaged research project. Undergraduate students in both Dr. Fordyce’s and Dr. Ahuja’s courses have worked to gather oral history interviews and relevant news and events on issues related to disability advocacy and awareness on the UNC-CH campus and surround community. As the research coordinator and website editor for the project, I have recruited participants, coached student interviewers, and fact-checked and revised the student work.
Now I’m very excited to be finally launching the website with all of these collected stories in one place. As far as we know, this website is the first archive of disability history at UNC-CH. Down the road, we’ll be working to figure out how to save the digital archive and the original interview recordings and transcripts.
But for now, we just want to invite you to the party!
Join us for a Launch Party to celebrate the project participants and the hard work of our student interviewers.
Where: The Student Union at UNC-CH (at the corner of South Rd and Raleigh St, next to Davis Library and the Student Stores), Room 3103
When: Tuesday, April 29th at 1pm
What: Cake, snacks, mingling, and short presentations from student-interviewers about the Oral Histories
Everyone is welcome to attend this event. We are very excited to present this engaged, interdisciplinary project, and we hope that you can join us.
If you have participated in the project in any way, and would like to sign up to speak at the launch party, please let us know!
Please contact Cassandra Hartblay (firstname.lastname@example.org) with concerns or accommodations requests.
**The party is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology**