Jason Steinhauer, the Kluge Center, and opportunities for oral historians
By Troy Reeves
In our second blog post of 2013, I, Troy Reeves, Managing Editor, have taken over, while our social media coordinator and blog contributor Caitlin Tyler-Richards get some well deserved time away from the office. This guarantees the reader of two things: (1) This post will be wordy, nearing on inscrutable; and (2) far less funny.
This week, I speak with Jason Steinhauer, program specialist in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress (LOC). According to Jason, “the Kluge Center brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.” In this podcast, Jason and I talk about the Kluge Center’s opportunities for oral historians, and his strongest memories from his two-plus years working at the LOC’s Veterans History Project. I also overcome the urge to ask him to sing a piece from his band, The Grey Area. Next time, people, I promise.
Jason Steinhauer currently serves as program specialist for The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Prior to joining the Kluge Center, Jason served as a liaison specialist for the Library’s Veterans History Project, working with volunteer interviewers nationwide to build the country’s largest oral history project. An award-winning curator and oral historian, Jason’s exhibition credits include Lincoln and New York at the New-York Historical Society, New York City of Refuge Stories from the Last 60 Years at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War, winner of the Grand Prize for Excellence in Exhibitions from the American Alliance of Museums. When not advocating for oral history and scholarship, he is the frontman for the indie rock group The Grey Area. Chat with him about the Library of Congress, oral history, and leadership on Twitter (@JasonSteinhauer), or message him on LinkedIn.
The Oral History Review, published by the Oral History Association, is the U.S. journal of record for the theory and practice of oral history. Its primary mission is to explore the nature and significance of oral history and advance understanding of the field among scholars, educators, practitioners, and the general public. Follow them on Twitter at @oralhistreview and like them on Facebook to preview the latest from the Review, learn about other oral history projects, connect with oral history centers across the world, and discover topics that you may have thought were even remotely connected to the study of oral history. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on the OUPblog for addendum to past articles, interviews with scholars in oral history and related fields, and fieldnotes on conferences, workshops, etc.
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