Oral History Web Development Partner

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INCITE @ Columbia University

Chris Pandza

INCITE at Columbia University is working on two groundbreaking oral history
projects—and we're building digital archives for them that will push the
envelope on accessibility and innovation. We're seeking an agency or
full-stack developer to help us build web-based archives for the Obama
Presidency Oral History Project and I See My Light Shining. If you're
passionate about public storytelling and memory, history, accessibility, and
innovation in web design—we'd love to hear from you.

About the Obama Presidency Oral History Project:

The Obama Foundation has selected the Columbia Center for Oral History to
conduct the official oral history of the Obama presidency. The project will
interview hundreds of people. These include senior leaders and policymakers
within the administration, elected officials, foreign leaders, campaign
staff, journalists, and other key figures outside the administration, as well
as individuals (artists, ordinary Americans, movement organizers, etc.) from
diverse settings who had a connection to the Obama Presidency.

The result of this collaboration will be a comprehensive, enduring record of
the decisions, actions, and impact of this historic presidential

For more information, visit: obamaoralhistory.columbia.edu

About I See My Light Shining:

The Columbia Center for Oral History Research and INCITE is partnering with
the Emerson Collective and Baldwin For The Arts to support acclaimed author
and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Woodson’s new project: I See My Light
Shining: Oral Histories of our Elders. Through Baldwin For The Arts, a group
of talented and award-winning writers will be deployed to conduct oral
history interviews with people in various regions of the country, capturing
unrecorded memories and life experiences before these stories are lost to

“From aging Civil Rights activists to Native American tribal leaders, to
survivors of Stonewall, many stories remain untold or beyond the grasp of
museums and institutions,” Woodson said. “When these elders pass away,
their records and accounts may go with them. Our project seeks to fill these
gaps before it’s too late.”

Woodson will guide the project creatively and has selected the cohort of 10
writers who will collect these histories, which will be housed in the Oral
History Archives at Columbia University, one of the largest oral history
collections in the world.

For more information, visit: incite.columbia.edu


INCITE is Columbia University’s leading interdisciplinary social science
research center, and is home to research groups including the Columbia Center
for Oral History Research, the Columbia Labor Lab, and the Trust
Collaboratory. INCITE creates knowledge for public action, and commits itself
to the use of innovative research methods to investigate our world and
understand deeply relevant issues of equity and justice.

For more information, visit: incite.columbia.edu

How to Apply

Send a note to Chris at cmp2268@columbia.edu for more information.

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