Monday, June 18, 2012

Oral History Week: Day One

Distinguished guest Professor Michael Frisch talks to the class about conducting an oral interview.

 He shared with the class how to structure and guide the conversation during an oral interview. He made a metaphor to the recently televised high-wire crossing of Niagara Falls. It can be chaotic, there is this powerful landscape all around. High winds and water spray are coming from all sides. The tightrope walker is focused taking it one steady step at a time, not focusing on getting ahead too quickly but still very aware of the surroundings. 

And some "Don'ts" for oral interviewing. Do not read from a written sheet of questions held up close to your face. He gave an example in a loud and monotone voice with an uninteresting cadence. 

 Getting the terms right. 

Getting to know the equipment.