Director of the Oral History Office at the University of Connecticut Bruce M. Stave and his wife Sondra give an informative and experiential overlook on oral history as a way of collecting human memories.

In this short interview released in Ljubljana (Slovenia) Bruce and Sondra share their experiences and perspectives on oral history and memory.

                                              Interviewer: Saša Petejan    |    Video: Ana Fratnik

 

As a historian and as a director of Oral History Office at the University of Connecticut Bruce M. Stave has a lifelong academic experience in the field of oral history and he is Board of Trustees Distingushed Professor of Histiry Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He has conducted a wide variety of oral history projects over four decades, and was the winner of the New England Association of Oral History’s first Harvey Kantor Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Oral History.

His wife Sondra conducted approximately one hundred interviews for her book, Achieving Racial Balance: Case Studies of Contemporary School Desegregation, and has conducted town and family oral histories.

In June 2012 they offered a workshop on Oral history and Memory: understanding the past from the perspective of the present in Slovenia. Attending  were academics using oral history methods in their research and work. Among other topics they stressed and evaluated the merits of the remark by well known Italian oral historian, Alessandro Portelli, who stated:

Oral sources tell us not just what people did, but what they wanted to do, what they believed they were doing and what they now think they did.

 Their presence and work in Slovenia ignited an initiative to establish an Oral History Society Slovenia.