Telling Gainesville: A Film Screening

Please join military veterans and their families for a special Veterans Day film screening of the play “Telling Gainesville.” Telling Gainesville is part of a nationwide initiative by the National Endowment for the Humanities that connects civilian audiences with veterans in a creative, supportive environment.

“Telling Gainesville” ran to standing-room- only audiences at the Actor’s Warehouse in the fall of 2016. It featured veterans from the Marine Corps, the US Navy, and the Army—along with a woman who was married to an Air Force pilot for twenty years. The play allowed veterans tell their stories in the first person, and to speak directly with audiences about the challenges of military service in war and in peace.

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program’s videographer, Deborah Hendrix, filmed one of the final performances of Telling Gainesville. The film captures the poignancy of veterans discussing combat experiences, loss of comrades, and post-war traumas. After the film screening, the play’s director, Jeffrey Pufahl, will hold a roundtable discussion with actor-veterans who will take questions from the audience. Jeffrey Pufahl is a Creative Campus Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and a faculty member in UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine.

This screening is part of ongoing efforts by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Florida Humanities Council to create and support works that bring together civilians and veterans in mutually supportive dialogues to promote understanding. The play was written by Max Reyneard and directed by Jeffrey Pufahl.

The program is part of the University of Florida’s, “Dialogues on the Experiences of War” and is sponsored by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) Veterans’ History Project and the Center for European Studies, along with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine.

This program has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as the Florida
Humanities Council.

EVENT: Telling Gainesville: Military Veterans Share Their Stories of Service and Struggle
LOCATION: The Hippodrome State Theatre, Downtown, Gainesville
DATE: Saturday, November 11th
TIME: Doors 6:30, Screening 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Free Public Event

 

About the Dialogues on the Experience of War program:

The NEH offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War program as part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. If you are interested in future discussion sessions or film screenings, contact Lisa Booth at the UF Center for European Studies.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Lisa Booth
Center for European Studies
Email Lisa Booth for more information and free discussion materials.

Tamarra Jenkins
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
352-392- 7168

Voices from the March: A Multi-Media Experience

On January 27th, our Fall interns and staff will be performing an original multi-media play titled Voices from the March at the 2018 UF Social Justice Summit. A collaboration between the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and the Center for Women’s Studies, this verbatim theater piece compiles oral history narratives from the Women’s March on Washington as well the experiences of the students who documented those voices. Voices from the March was directed by SPOHP Scholar in Residence Jeffrey Pufahl whose 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. The 2018 Summit theme is “Allyship: Identify, Interact, & Impact.” The Summit agenda includes outstanding programs from community members, students, and scholars across many disciplines. Visit the UF Social Justice Summit: For the Gator Good page for more information about this excellent event.

Dates and Locations

 

January 27th, 4:30 PM

J. Wayne Reitz Student Union in the Rion Ballroom

FREE and open to the public

 

Visit the “Voices from the March” information page on the Social Justice Summit website

 

Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation: Spring 2018 Course

AFA 4931: A BLACK AND LATINXHISTORY OF THE GATOR NATION

This upcoming Spring, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is offering a oral history methods course course called Black and Latinx History of the Gator Nation.

Students enrolled in this course in Spring 2018 (MWF 5th) will create new archives on Black and Latinx history at UF, focusing on the histories of the Institute of Black Culture and La Casita.

In this course, students will:

  • Critically examine the history of UF as it is currently written.
  • Uncover overlooked stories in hundreds of existing interviews.
  • Apply oral history interview methods with alumni, faculty, staff.
  • Identify existing archival resources on these topics.
  • Collect and/or digitize new archival materials (photos, letters).
  • Help create a roadmap for future students to advance this work.
  • Create podcasts and teaching modules to share these stories.
  • Assist in the creation of documentaries on IBC and La Casita.

For more information on AFA 4931, section 0587,contact Dr. Ryan Morini ,
Dr. Paul Ortízat , or visit us in the SPOHP office at 248 Pugh Hall

Spring 2018 Internship: The Jacob Lawrence Project

This semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit. In partnership with the Harn Museum, SPOHP, and The Actors’ Warehouse Community Theater, interns will develop an original site-specific performance by exploring connections between archived oral history interviews with Black residents of North Central Florida and iconic artwork by Jacob Lawrence (harn.ufl.edu/jacoblawrence).

Once this thematic analysis is complete, we will search the SPOHP archive for oral histories from local community members that reflect the themes in Lawrence’s work. After oral histories are matched to artwork, we will begin the process of translating the oral histories into monologues, scenes, movement pieces, and songs to be performed next to the artwork.

By interpreting themes of Lawrence’s masterworks through oral history, participants will gain insight into the role of the artist as change-maker and community leader. Through the dialogue initiated by drawing on local voices to reinterpret these images, audiences will have the opportunity to directly connect the exhibit themes to issues in their own communities.

 

Download the Spring 2018 SPOHP Internship App (DOC) here!

Applications are due by December 1, 2017

 

For more information check out Oral history internship program,

contact Jeff Pufahl or Ryan Morini,

or visit us in the SPOHP offices at 240-250 Pugh Hall

SPOHP is Seeking Out Undocumented UF Students for an Oral History Project

SPOHP is looking for undocumented UF students to be interviewed for an oral history project. Please share with anyone who might be interested in participating.

For more information direct message us or email:
Mariana Castro
or
Dr. Ryan Morini
or
Visit SPOHP on the 2nd Floor of Pugh Hall.

Florida Queer History: A Pride Extravaganza

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP)’s Florida Queer History Project is partnering with First Magnitude Brewing Company to bring you “A Pride Extravaganza” on October 15!

The event will serve as a fundraiser for SPOHP’s Florida Queer History Project, which will be exhibiting a portrait and oral history interview series from their June 2017 research trip to document Pride weekend in Washington, DC. We will be hosting a resource fair with local organizations and LGBTQ+ community allies from 3-5PM. There will be live music from Gutless, Bird Eat Bird, and drag performances by Mx Bubbles, Rose Chamellion, Salí de la Rosa, and Elena La Fuega from 5-7PM.

Wristbands and tickets are available for presale and will be available at the door. Tickets can be redeemed for a free beer at the event, and wristbands allow attendees to get fifty cents off every beer purchase. Presale items can be purchased in the SPOHP office on the second floor of Pugh Hall from office manager Tamarra Jenkins.

Presale:
$10/ $11: wristband & beer ticket
$12+: wristband, beer, & a Florida Queer History zine at the event

Door:
$12: wristband & beer ticket
$13+: wristband, beer, & a Florida Queer History zine at the event

Thanks to our wonderful co-sponsors, UF Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, Pride Community Center, Neutral7 design group, Hardback Cafe, Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, and First Magnitude Brewing Company!

The event is part of the Pride Community Center’s “Pride Days.” Any local organizations interested in participating in the resource fair can reach out to Florida Queer History Coordinators Holland Hall or Robert Baez.

For questions, please contact our office at:
(352) 392-3261 or Tamarra Jenkins.

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Sept. 27

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!

“Surviving & Resisting: Defending DACA A Toolkit For DREAMers.”

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.

SPOHP Open House Scheduled for Sept. 29

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 at the Defend DACA/Save TPS Rally at Orlando City Hall

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.