Stories To Tell: Bi-weekly Interviews Series Begins Tuesday July 7th

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Posted on: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:35pm

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is delighted to partner with Dr. Dharitri Bhattacharjee and Western C.A.R.E.S. on an upcoming online interview series called Stories To Tell: A South Asian Perspective on COVID-19.  

About the Series

The pandemic has been an unprecedented period of trials and tribulations for many. However, we have also witnessed remarkable instances of connection, creativity, and solidarity in small and big communities, across local, national and global networks. Storytelling and oral histories can be empowering sources of hope and healing during our most agonizing times. Too often, endeavors to document these stories make invisible and render unheard the voice of the minority. Stories To Tell: A South Asian Perspective on COVID-19 is an ONLINE/LIVE bi-weekly interview series which hopes to be a starting point for gathering marginalized voices of people of South Asian heritage from different walks of life. We are living in a historic moment and Western CARES (Outreach and Continuing Education) and Western Libraries Heritage Resources would like to welcome, share and preserve a diversity of South Asian oral histories, mostly from the Pacific Northwest, in this month-long series. Dr. Dharitri Bhattacharjee (South Asian and Indian Ocean historian from Western’s History Department) will talk to students, small business owners, essential workers, community leaders, refugees, academics about their myriad responses to the pandemic.

In addition to capturing local and regional experiences relating to COVID-19, this will be a valuable project in its focus on South Asian voices and perspectives that are too frequently absent or underrepresented in archival collections. South Asians are an important minority community in the USA and they are more than celebrity comedians, CEOs of MNCs or cab drivers. This series will endeavor to capture the diversity in South Asian voices. The interview recordings will be archived by the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (and the South Asian American Digital Archives (SAADA)) and made available to faculty, students and community members in support of research, teaching and learning at Western and beyond.

Join Us For The Interviews

This interview series is open and free to the public via the Zoom platform (registration is required via the Western C.A.R.E.S. website at: https://oce.wwu.edu/westerncares
Details: 2 -3 PM Pacific Standard Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays (July 7 through August 6). Interviews will last for 30 minutes followed by Q&A with the audience.

Interview Schedule

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Dharitri Bhattacharjee at: bhattad@wwu.edu
 

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