Listening to the Earth: Student Oral History Projects

In the Spring of 2020, I taught the course The Theory and Practice of Oral History, and tasked my students to create an audio based exhibit using a Museum in a Box – a great tool I’ve worked with before. The task was – how would we preserve stories about the earth? What kinds of stories would researchers tell about their favourite organisms?

We developed a Museum in a Box to be exhibited on UBC Campus; but due to the COVID crisis, were unable to actually install it. Instead, on May 1st, we launched the website: Listening To the Earth, which served as a virtual exhibit and archive of the interviews the students conducted.

Go ahead and start by reading the introduction, watching the launch video, and then exploring the collection!