Hear Me Speak: A Symposium on Oral Histories


Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center in collaboration with the Politics, Economics, and Law Department at SUNY Old Westbury
Multipurpose Room A, Student Union

Hear Me Speak: A Symposium on Oral History

Perspectives of Recording History

Gabriel D. Solis, M.A. Mexican Studies, University of Texas
Project Coordinator for the Guantanamo Bay Oral History Project, Columbia University
“Oral History, Human Rights, and State Violence”

Llana Barber, Ph.D.  Department of American Studies, SUNY College at Old Westbury
“The local history of transnational communities: Using Immigrant life stories in urban history”

Gilda N. Zwerman, Ph.D. Department of Sociology
“Doing Oral History: The Child’s Eye-View”

Hear Me Speak: Personal Accounts

Keynote Speaker: Legislator Carrié Solages, Nassau County

Jingyi Song, Ph.D. Department of History & Philosophy, SUNY College at Old Westbury
“Learning from Experience”

Mauricio Riveros Villanueva, ML Student
“Dream On”

Testimonios: Filming Oral Histories

Film Presentation by Peter Kinoy, film editor and producer
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (about Guantanamo, Directed by Pamela Yates; edited by Peter Kinoy; produced by Paco de Onís, 2011)

Program organized by Professors Eloise Linger and Zenaida Madurka.

Legislator Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) is currently serving his first term in the Nassau County Legislature, representing the Third Legislative District, which includes Elmont, Franklin Square, North Valley Stream, Bellerose Terrace, South Floral Park, and portions of Valley Stream and West Hempstead. Among many other organizations, Legislator Solages supports the National Haitian American Forum.

Gabriel Daniel Solis, M.A. in Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Assoc. Director of the Texas After Violence Project; Solis is currently director of the Guantanamo Oral History Project at Columbia University’s Center for Oral History.

Llana Barber is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury, where she teaches courses on immigration and urban history. She is currently working on a book manuscript about the transition of Lawrence, Massachusetts to a Latino-majority city.

Peter Kinoy has a passion for teaching and has mentored emerging filmmakers at City College of New York, Columbia University, Casa Comal in Guatemala, and at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba. He was a founder of The Media College of the University of the Poor here in the US. He produced and edited When the Mountains Tremble, the prequel to Granito. He edited the award winning “State of Fear” (Best reporting on Latin America, Overseas Press Club), and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court, (POV 2009)

Gilda Zwerman, Professor of Sociology, specializes in social movements and political violence. She has conducted extensive interviews with activists who are incarcerated in state and federal correctional facilities in the United States.

Jingyi Song received her Ph.D. in American History in 2000 and has been teaching in the Dept. of History & Philosophy since 2001. She is now Chair of the Department. Her academic interest is in Chinese Americans. She has several publications including her book, Shaping and Reshaping Chinese American Identity: New York’s Chinese in the Years of the Depression and World War II , published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. in March 2010.

Mauricio Riveros-Villanueva is currently a student at SUNY Old Westbury, majoring in Special Education/Childhood Education with a concentration in Spanish, and graduating in May of 2012. He has personal knowledge directly correlated with Immigration Reform, and has actively advocated for the passage of the Dream Act legislation. He is an ambitious individual who is graduating with a 3.98 GPA, and pur- suing a M.A in Applied Behavior Analysis this coming fall.

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