SPOHP teaches the craft and intellectual traditions of oral history through university seminars as well as through community-based workshops, and via our web site and other media. In addition, SPOHP consults on an ongoing basis with local historians, civic leaders, and educators in Florida and beyond who are interested in initiating oral history projects in their towns and municipalities.
SPOHP is committed to engaging in the scholarly and educational life of the University of Florida, our state, as well as the broader world through public history programs, academic conferences, and scholarly collaborations.
We will examine individual and community memory and experience, and the historical context in which they developed through a community project involving former farmworkers in the city of Apopka, Florida.
By partnering with the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) we will not only learn about oral history as an academic discipline, but also discover how Florida’s communities, both past and present, cope with unique challenges and continually strive to remain viable in the face of economic adversity.
The central goal of our course is to translate what we learn in the classroom to community enrichment through the use of oral histories, and to become more active productive citizens and leaders in a culturally diverse and complex world.
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