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How to Listen: Oral History and the Arts at Columbia University

Columbia University Oral History Master of the Arts (OHMA) invites students to the tenth event of their yearlong workshop series on oral history and the arts. Join them, it’s not too late to RSVP!

Please see details below and stay tuned for future announcements for the rest of the workshops in this series.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

WHERE: 606 W 122nd Street, Knox Hall 509, Columbia University

In 2010, with his second novel in shambles, Daniel Alarcón went to Lurigancho, Peru’s largest and most notorious prison, to cover the elections in Block 7. Quite unexpectedly, this freelance journalism assignment rescued his novel. In this workshop, Alarcón discusses the relationship between journalism, literature and oral history, and showing how interviews and lived experience can serve as the building blocks for different types of storytelling. Drawing on his work as a novelist, radio producer, and a print journalist, Alarcón will show how each medium informs and complements the other, and how the core skill of each—listening—always points the way.

Daniel Alarcón is a novelist and journalist whose work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and elsewhere. He is the author of several books, including most recently, The King is Always Above the People, which was longlisted for the 2017 National Book award. He teaches at the Columbia University Journalism School.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Amy Starecheski at

This event is part of a yearlong series on Oral History and the Arts. The event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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