Guide to the Refugee Lives Oral History Project, 2015-2017
Oral histories, transcriptions, videos, and fieldnotes created by students in Doc Studies 321S-01/ AMES 320S in Spring 2015 and Spring 2017. Facilitated by CDS Faculty member Nancy Kalow, AMES faculty member Miriam Cooke, and AMES faculty member Maha Houssami.
- Collection Number
- Refugee Lives Oral History Project
- 312 Files, Electronic documents, including Microsoft Word files, JPG files, MP3 files, Apple MOV files, MP4 files, M4A files, and Adobe PDF files, 4.63 Gigabytes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
2015 class: For the spring semester 2015, Nancy Kalow, Maha Houssami, and Miriam Cooke were awarded an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Course Innovation Grant for AMES 320S: Refugee Lives. In this course, eleven undergraduates conducted oral history interviews with local refugee families from Iraq and Sudan. The AMES 320S final documentary projects were posted on Duke's Languages in Durham website and shared during Middle East Refugee Awareness Week in April 2015 that was dedicated to the life and work of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and Razan Abu Salha, the three Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill in February 2015. 2017 class: In the Spring 2017 AMES 320S: Refugee Lives course, eighteen undergraduates conducted oral history interviews via Skype with Syrian refugees now residing in Canada, Brazil, Lebanon, Germany, and Italy. To support undergraduate documentary research, Nancy Kalow and Maha Houssami were awarded two grants: a David Paletz Innovative Teaching award and an award from the Vice Provost for the Arts. The AMES 320S final documentary projects were posted on Duke's Languages in Durham website: https://sites.duke.edu/arabiccommunities/stories/syria/. The final projects consist of a four-minute audio documentary, edited from the three long-form oral history interviews, along with an image chosen by the refugee interview partner, a transcript of the four-minute piece, and a brief written introduction by the student team who carried out the interviews. All interviews were conducted in English.
Chronological by year, alphabetical by name.
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[Identification of item], Refugee Lives Oral History Project, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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The Refugee Lives Oral History Project was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015 and 2017.
Processed by Craig Breaden, December 2015, February 2018.
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0194.