The Center for Oral and Public History at California State University, Fullerton presents Outspoken: A COPH Podcast. Outspoken incorporates current projects, oral histories, and archival material into monthly conversations. Join us!
Episode 24: Dorothea Lange's California: 1935-1942
In episode Twenty-four, Dr. Benjamin Cawthra sits down with graduate students, Natalie Vandercook, Angelica Smith, and Kayla Ratliff, to discuss their work on the Great Park Gallery’s new exhibit, Dorothea Lange’s California: 1935-1942. The students talk about the process of researching and mounting an exhibition, and reflect on the impact of Lange’s photography and its continued relevance today.
Episode 23: Digital History as Public History
In Episode Twenty-three, Dr. Benjamin Cawthra talks with CSUF Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media in History, Dr. Jamila Moore-Pewu, and CSUF History graduate and Digital Ethnic Futures Outreach Coordinator, Scherly Virgill. They discuss the growing field of digital history, its relationship with public history, and collaborating on various digital history projects, including Mapping Arts - Orange County and Networked OC, a digital public humanities project that seeks to document the past, present, and future of Black-owned businesses and community organizations in Orange County through digital maps and data storytelling. Later, in our Out of the Archives segment, archivist Natalie Garcia presents clips from oral history interviews in our African American History collections.
In Memoriam: An Oral History with Roz Wyman
Roz Wyman was the youngest person and second woman ever to be elected to the Los Angeles City Council. While on the City Council she also became an instrumental figure in bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles. In 2019 she was interviewed for our Women, Politics, and Activism Oral History Project. In her interview Wyman reflects on her expansive career, discussing her work within the Democratic Party and noting the emotions she felt witnessing historic moments for women in politics. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to record Roz Wyman’s oral history and invite you to listen as she reflects on her life and political career. Interviewed by Dr. Natalie Fousekis in January of 2019, for the Center for Oral and Public History at California State University Fullerton.
Episode 22: 52nd Street - Jazz and the Photography of William Gottlieb
In Episode Twenty-two, Dr. Natalie Fousekis steps in as guest host to interview Dr. Benjamin Cawthra about his current exhibition, 52nd Street: Jazz and the Photography of William Gottlieb, held at the Great Park Gallery in Irvine through May 1, 2022. The exhibit focuses on Manhattan's 52nd Street, a hub of musical creativity in the years immediately following World War II. Dr. Cawthra talks about developing the exhibit; his experience interviewing William Gottlieb; the differences between curating exhibits with students versus on his own; and what he hopes visitors take away from the exhibit. Later, in our Out of the Archives segment, archivist Natalie Garcia presents oral history clips from William Gottlieb's interview.
Episode 21: One Book, One CSUF - Japanese American Archival Collections
In Episode Twenty-one, Dr. Benjamin Cawthra is joined by COPH archivist, Natalie Garcia; Director of Special Collections, Lisa Mix; and Special Collections archivist, Patrisia Prestinary. The group discuss the 2021-22 One Book, One CSUF selection, "They Called us Enemy," by George Takei, and talk about collaborating on a corresponding event on April 11th, which will highlight Japanese American archival materials held in the Center for Oral and Public History and the University Archives and Special Collections.
Later, in our Out of the Archives segment, archivist Natalie Garcia presents oral history clips from interviews with Georgia Day Robertson, Seiko Ishida, Hitoshi Nitta, and Clarence I. Nishizu.
Episode 20: Introducing the New Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History
In Episode Twenty, Dr. Benjamin Cawthra sits down with COPH director, Dr. Natalie Fousekis to discuss the Center's brand new space on the 6th floor of CSU Fullerton's Pollak Library. Dr. Fousekis talks about the process and challenges of building a new Center; describes the features and benefits of the larger space; shares her vision for the Center's future; and reflects on the many people that helped make the project possible.