Listening to the Earth: Student Oral History Projects

This year, 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 an 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!