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Columbia University presents Confessions of an Accidental Oral Historian, Archivist, and Podcaster Workshop

Columbia University Oral History Master of the Arts (OHMA) invites you to our fall 2018 workshop series on Oral History and the Future.

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

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:10 – 7:30 pm

UPDATED LOCATION: 538 West 120th Street, Pupin Hall Room 420, Columbia University


Confessions of an Accidental Oral Historian, Archivist, and Podcaster

Three decades ago, an editor at Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) commissioned twenty-nine-year old journalist Eric Marcus to write an oral history of the “gay and lesbian civil rights movement.”  The book that resulted was published in 1992 under the title Making History (the subsequent 2002 edition was published as Making Gay History).  Nearly thirty years later, Eric found himself in a position to mine his book’s archive of interviews with champions, heroes, and witnesses to LGBTQ history for the Making Gay History podcast.  In a presentation that draws on his audio archive, Eric shares what he’s learned about the power of personal testimony and the value of harnessing a mild case of obsessive-compulsive disorder in the service of creating an accessible and versatile oral history archive that has stood the test of time. Now that we are living in a future for which these oral histories were archived, how do they continue to live on in the world?


Eric Marcus is the creator and host of the award-winning Making Gay Historypodcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.

His other books include Is It A Choice?Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. HarperCollins recently republished the 1992 edition of Making Gay History in an e-book under the original title, Making History: The Struggle for Gay & Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945 to 1990.

INFORMATION: For more information, please email Amy Starecheski at

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

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