Gainesville residents and UF community: there are ways to help the Immokalee community by dropping off goods at multiple on-campus locations. Items will be transported to Immokalee first on September 23, and then again in two weeks. #HurricaneIrmaRelief

A list of items includes:

  • Charcoal
  • Lighters
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Bug spray
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Tarps
  • Non-perishable or canned foods
  • Feminine hygiene products

Drop-off locations and times include:

UF Graduate Assistants United Office – Yon 224 Tuesday 2-5PM and Wednesday & Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies – Grinter Hall 319, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00PM to 5:00 PM

Center for African Studies at the University of Florida (MDP Office) – Grinter 470 from 9 AM to 5 PM

La Salita in the UF J. Wayne Reitz Union UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs from 9 AM to 7 PM

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Presentation

Ustler Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 27th

3:00 PM

On Wednesday the 27th the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will host a panel of students to discuss their experience interviewing in Mississippi. This panel celebrates SPOHP’s 10th year of sending students out to the Mississippi Delta region to interview those involved in the Black freedom struggle and the Civil Rights movement. Students interviewed people as diverse as a leader of a hot rod club that secretly helped people escape from the KKK, Congressman John Lewis, and the first Black nurse practitioner in Mississippi. They also met with the descendants of plantation aristocracy who are going to allow UF to scan their family’s slave ledger that they have never shown before.

The event will also be live-streamed via our Facebook page.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend or tune in!

We wanted to share a sheet that the directors of the IC-Race (Immigration, Critical Race and Cultural Equity) Lab at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Drs. Nayeli Y. Chavez- Dueñas and Hector Y. Adames developed, “Surviving & Resisting: Defending DACA A Toolkit For DREAMers.” Please share widely with anyone who may benefit from this toolkit; the mental health of DREAMers matters.

Click here for access to this document.

September 29th from noon to 2 PM, SPOHP is hosting an Open House in the SPOHP office to welcome students and faculty alike to get acquainted with our program, staff and dozens of exciting on going projects. Visitors can expect to enjoy refreshments as they learn about SPOHP’s fieldwork, internships, and volunteer opportunities as well as our many upcoming public programs and experiential learning opportunities.

SPOHP intern Chelsey Hendry Simmons attended the Defend DACA/Save TPS Rally at Orlando City Hall. The rally was held just one hour after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration would be rescinding DACA, the Obama-era executive order protecting over 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children from deportation. The rally was one of many across the nation held in solidarity with those affected by the decision. Beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, recipients of Temporary Protected Status, and supporters gathered to listen to speakers discuss the threatened immigration policies. Attendees discussed the uncertain future of both programs, and encouraged all to work towards a long-term solution for over one million people currently receiving DACA and TPS.





MCDA is proud to present: Anti-Racism Education Week.
Come join us as we engage in an event series on anti-racism education, self-care, and education on the first amendment. This is a great opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and peers on how to challenge racism and bigotry on our campus and in our community.

TUESDAY 9/5: “Café con Self-Care: An interactive Panel Discussion on how to take care of ourselves in times of crisis”
5:30-7:30pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-sponsors: GatorWell, Counseling and Wellness Center

WEDNESDAY 9/6: “Our Collective Responsibility: What can we do to challenge racism on our campus and in our community?”
5:30-7pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-Sponsors: STARR (Students Taking Action Against Racism), Student Government, UF Hillel

THURSDAY 9/7: “Origins of Totalitarianism” Lecture by Dr. Paul Ortiz and post-lecture discussion
6pm-7:30pm, Reitz Union 2201
Co-Sponsors: UF Hillel, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

FRIDAY 9/8: “A Conversation on the First Amendment”
5pm-6:30pm, Rion Ballroom

An event by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Co-sponsored by: Multicultural DIversity Affairs, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (Levin College of Law).

Print and/or share MCDA’s Anti-Racism Education Week program flier below:

SPOHP is sponsoring a Jacob Lawrence workshop at the Harn Museum June 24th at 12:30PM, featuring a discussion of Jacob Lawrence’s life and work, and upcoming exhibition, “History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence.”

This exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000). Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African American experiences and histories. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his work are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic and political; realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.

Featuring more than 90 works produced between 1963 and 2000, the exhibition focuses on his graphic work and explores three major themes of his printmaking oeuvre. Lawrence’s recording and recollection of African-American and larger African diasporic histories are featured, as well as his vivid observations of the dynamic city life in his native Harlem, New York City. Works in the exhibition span from 1963 to 2000 and include significant complete print portfolios, such as the “Toussaint L’Ouverture” series, as well as “The Legend of John Brown” series, amongst others.

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by the SCAD Museum of Art and is made possible with support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation.

Workshop Facilitators:

Dr. Susan Cooksey, Curator of African Art and

Dr. Eric Segal, Director of Education, Harn Museum

Lunch and books for participants


12:30PM – 3:30PM

This event is free.




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50 Years of Collaboration

“From participating in interviews, to engaging with the collection, to attending SPOHP’s events, the public is the lifeforce behind SPOHP’s past, present, and future.” -Dr. Paul Ortiz

This jubilee year, SPOHP wants to reflect,

say thank you and plan for the future.

Thanks to our supporters, SPOHP has had one of its most productive years yet. We want to take a step back to reflect on some of this year’s greatest hits.

But SPOHP never rests! We have a busy year ahead. Let’s also take a look at some of the many programs and events lined up for this summer.

Director’s Welcome


Welcome to SPOHP’s  2017 summer newsletter! The mission of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida is to gather preserve and promote living history for future generations of students, scholars, and inquiring minds. To fulfill our mission, we emphasize three themes: experiential learning, civic engagement, and digital humanities production.

As a history professor at the University of Florida, I love books, classrooms, and even dusty archives [sneeze!]. However, experience has taught me the humbling truth that sometimes the most transformative learning experiences happen outside of the lecture hall and the campus. SPOHP specializes in teaching students how to work and learn in spaces far away from the normal “comfort zones” we too often settle down in.

Equally important, Proctor Program staff guide our students through the process of transforming the interviews they gather in the field into digital audio podcasts, senior honors theses, dissertations, documentaries, and other formats that are now regularly aired in K-12 classrooms, museums, community organizing workshops, radio stations and other educational platforms. Your support makes it possible for the Proctor Program to amplify the remarkable stories told by our narrators!

SPOHP alumni tell us that these learning experiences are life-changing. This week, I received an email from a Proctor Program alumnus who told me: “as a former graduate student at UF, I can attest to the program’s transformative influence – it catalyzed my commitment to using innovative research techniques and progressive pedagogical models in the furtherance of social justice.” This alumnus is now a successful teacher at one of the highest-ranked schools in the United States.

Of course, none of this is possible without your support! The great majority of SPOHP’s field work initiatives are funded by private donations; no donation is too small! Your support helps ensure that the Proctor Program is able to cover the travel, lodging, and equipment costs of our students as they embark on the field work opportunities you will read about in this newsletter.

Above all, I hope that you will enjoy this update on SPOHP’s work, and I welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.

Thank You!

Paul Ortiz, Director

Thanks to our donors, 2016-2017 was our year.

We Sent a Team of Students to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington!

19 Students, over 150 interviews. This Experiential Learning Oral History Project sent out a team of students to document the voices of attendees of the 2017 Inauguration and Women’s March on Washington.

Learn More



We’re Now the National Repository for Interviews Conducted at the Women’s March

Over the course of this year SPOHP will begin receiving and archiving interviews conducted at Women’s Marches all over the country.






The SPOHP Podcast Launched Four Original Series

Available on iTunes, SoundCloud or the SPOHP website, the SPOHP Podcast is dedicated to making the stories from our archives as accessible to you as possible.

Listen Here




SPOHP Concluded a Successful Spring Internship

Our interns showcased their final podcast projects at the end of the semester. SPOHP will be uploading these pieces to the UFDC for public access.





Ottoman Greeks of the US Project

This video is a sample from an Ottoman Greeks of the US Project presentation entitled, Goodbye Virgin Mary: Early 20th Century Memories of Migration from the Ottoman Empire. The sample is from a longer video called, “Will I Make It?” The rest of the video was featured at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Hollywood, Florida. For more information about the Ottoman Greeks of the US Project please contact the project’s coordinator, George Topalidis at

We’ve got a busy year ahead! 

Film Director Jeffrey Pufahl is Constructing SPOHP’s Women’s March Fall Project Course

Building on an existing partnership between SPOHP and the Center for Women’s Studies, film director Jeffrey Pufahl will be spending the summer organizing SPOHP’s fall project course. Students will translate their collected research and interviews from the November 2016 Women’s March and Inauguration in Washington DC into an original theater/multi-media presentation. Students will be performing and exhibiting this work at the Imagining America conference at University of California, Davis (Oct 12-14). Interns will also perform on the UF campus at the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Research, and the Harn Museum as part of (Oct. 3-Dec. 31).”

This exhibit is designed to provoke audiences to connect the historical issues of women to issues of the present day (Website). By placing the performance in the context of the exhibition, we will further explore this connection. By illuminating the issues expressed by the women at the March, and telling the story through the eyes of the students who went to the March in context of the exhibit, our project has the potential to create deep resonance and generate discussion between audience and performers.

With a professional background in film and theatre directing and producing, Jeffrey holds an MFA in Theater Performance (University of Cincinnati) and an MFA in Theater Directing (University of Victoria). His work at the University of Florida is focused on creating inter-campus and inter-community partnerships to develop theatre-based programming that addresses social issues and community health. A member of the UF Imagining America cohort, Jeffrey specializes in creating site-specific theater and documentary film.  His research focuses on innovatively applying theatre and video to health, social, and educational content in order to engage audience more effectively.

Recent projects include his award winning production of Ashley’s Consent, a multi-media, site-specific applied theatre experience educating on sexual assault and consent, and Telling: Gainesville, an original verbatim theatre project connecting the oral histories of Gainesville veterans with community for the purpose of facilitating dialogue and understanding. He has also developed several applied theatre workshops for teens; topics include stress and coping mechanisms. Currently, Jeffrey is developing a unique theatre program for adolescents and young adults with mental health conditions in collaboration with Chicago’s Second City. ​



The 2017 Mississippi Freedom Summer Research Trip is Underway!

Our Mississippi Freedom Summer team will hit the road for Delta, Mississippi on June 18th. Over the past several years, SPOHP has collected 200+ interviews with members of the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization. UF students will return to Gainesville and host public programs to discuss what they’ve learned. Many student-participants in the past have incorporated their oral histories into senior theses, dissertations, and conference papers. The goal of all of these symposia is to use the history of the civil rights movement as a starting point to interrogate the world around us today and to think about what still needs to be changed. Learn more about this research project here (PDF).

Recognizing Our Award-winning Staff 


Meet Patrick, Our SPOHP Archivist

In this video, Patrick Daglaris talks about how the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program has guided his career path.





Associate Program Director Dr. Ryan Morini was Awarded Grant Funding for the Western Shoshone Project

The Sven and Astrid Liljeblad Fund grant will help Dr. Morini to continue his historical ethnographic work with Western Shoshones in Nevada, which is currently focused on telling the stories of individuals whose lives, when described together, help to demonstrate the variety of ways that Shoshone people survived the challenges of the 19th and 20th centuries and worked to create opportunities for future generations. The grant will fund a trip to the National Archives in San Bruno, California, which holds most of the Indian Agency records for Nevada Shoshones from the 19th to the mid-20th centuries, and also a trip to Nevada to share that information with Shoshone community members and to conduct new oral history interviews related to it.


African American History Project Coordinator Justin Dunnavant was Awarded Two Postdoctoral Fellows:

The soon-to-be Dr. Dunnavant was awarded the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018) and the Vanderbilt Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship (Fall 2018 – Spring 2020). As a UC President’s Fellow, he will be in residence at the UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Research Center, publishing his dissertation research on Ethiopian historical archaeology and developing a new archaeology project that explores the ecology of slavery in the former Danish West Indies (St. Croix). As a Vanderbilt Academic Pathways Fellow, he will continue to develop the geospatial component of his St. Croix research at Vanderbilt University’s Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory (SARL).


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