Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fish Soup-An Oral History Project at Mount Holyoke College

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in an oral history project at my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College.  The project has been in existence since 2009 and it very similar to Story Corps, another oral history project that has been recording the stories of Americans since 2003.  Story Corps recordings can be heard every week on National Public Radio.  I went to New York in January 2010 to record the story of my genealogy journey for Story Corps.

The Fish Soup project at my college was launched in an effort to explore the culture of Mount Holyoke College through oral history.  It is also an opportunity for students to develop cross-cultural awareness.

"One of the goals of the Fish Soup project is to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of “culture” and then to explore the cultures of the Mount Holyoke College community through recording and sharing stories about their lives at and before MHC. By participating in the project both as interviewers and interviewees, students can grow in their cross-cultural understanding and self-awareness. (Fish Soup, Mount Holyoke College)

I decided to share one of my blog posts from La Mia Famiglia for my story.  When I finished my recording, they gave me a copy of the story and I uploaded it here as a podcast for you all to hear.  I have not edited anything, so there are a few sounds in the background that might catch your attention.  Enjoy the podcast and ignore the noises!

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