My internship has been a flurry of emails lately: between me and Cornelia, me and Geneva Wiskemann (the contact person for the MOHA conference), and now from me to potential oral history interviewees. I emailed Dr. Richard Stamps–Associate Professor of Anthropology at OU–to set up a recording with him, and found myself paralyzed trying to write the subject line. I think the brevity of subject lines belies their relative importance–it’s the writer’s first chance to make an impression, and, if done incorrectly, can lead to all kinds of badness. Perhaps there should be a subject-line-writing class.
I’m looking forward to hearing back from Dr. Stamps. His will be the first oral history I’ve ever recorded and I’m nervous about doing the actual recording. At the same time, though, I’m really excited about getting the opportunity to put my research to use and hear from Dr. Stamps about his multifaceted life. I’ve spent hours researching Dr. Stamps, including reading some of his published works and listening to the oral history he already recorded. The purpose of this second recording is to have Dr. Stamps talk about his personal history–his original recording focused on Michigan’s history instead.
This weekend I’m heading to Traverse City for the Michigan Oral History Association conference. I’m planning to drive up Friday, arriving in time for the welcome reception in the evening. I’m staying at the Traverse City Holiday Inn Friday night, then attending the conference all day Saturday. The program for the conference looks diverse–there’s no question that there will be a lot to learn.
As I mentioned last time, I’m going to write a post about the conference when I get back. My camera’s coming with me, so expect some pictures of the conference!