• Back By Popular Demand: Our Teacher's Guide

      We’re delighted to announce our resource for educators, The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Guide to Oral History, is now available as a print-on-demand book. This comprehensive guide allows teachers and learners to explore contemporary issues through the transformative power of oral history, and to develop the communication skills necessary for creating vital oral history projects in their own communities. The updated edition includes:

      • Flexible core curriculum-aligned lesson plans  
      • Step-by-step instructions for creating oral history projects in the classroom and community
      • Teaching strategies for oral history
      • Brand new lesson plans for recent Voice of Witness titles Refugee Hotel and Throwing Stones at the Moon
      • New section on Exile and Displacement
      • Updated lessons and resource section
      Order your copy here.

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    • Save the Date! Educator Training June 29 - July 2, 2015

      Voice of Witness’ 5th annual Amplifying Unheard Voices Educator Training will take place at Oakland International High School from June 29th through July 2nd, 2015. This unique four-day training will highlight the power of personal narrative and provide educators with the tools to conduct oral history projects in their classrooms and communities. Workshop participants will engage in an interactive process that introduces the skills, ethics, and social significance of creating oral history, as exemplified by Voice of Witness and other leading practitioners in the field. Contact Education Program Director Cliff Mayotte for registration materials. 

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    • New Partnership with Brave New Educators

      New PartnershipWe are proud to announce a new partnership between Brave New Educators and Voice of Witness that will expand the impact of our work with students. Brave New Educators is the education program for Brave New Films, an organization devoted to using media, education, and grassroots volunteer involvement to inspire, motivate and teach civic participation. Both organizations provide curricular resources to schools and universities. Through this partnership, we will include each other’s content in our educational programming, which will hugely expand the impact of our work. Read more here.

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    • Author John Freeman Interviews "Palestine Speaks" Editors

      Now up on McSweeney’s, John Freeman’s interview with the editors of Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation

      We wanted to do justice to the people who had taken so much time to share, not only very difficult stories with us, but also their humor and insight…As Americans, it’s tempting to shrug our shoulders and say what’s happening in Israel and Palestine is too complicated to engage with, but the truth is we’re major players in the conflict and we believe becoming more informed can only help everyone involved.

      Read the full interview here: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-interview-with-the-editors-of-the-new-voice-of-witness-book-palestine-speaks-narratives-of-life-under-occupation

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      Thank you to everyone who donated to our “Fund it Forward” campaign. With support from our community of donors, combined with a triple match from The Germanacos Foundation, we were able to raise over $47,000 for our oral history book series and education program. 

      If you’re wondering about Jamal, the Palestinian fisherman whose story was featured in the campaign, we just received an update from the editors of Palestine Speaks:

      We caught up with Jamal at the Gaza seaport in January 2015, in the midst of a bitter cold snap. He told us that the summer of 2014 was the hardest time he remembers in Gaza.

      “I didn’t leave my house during the war, as no place was safe. I was relying on humanitarian handouts to feed my children, and my house was damaged by the nearby airstrikes.”

      In July, four of his young cousins were killed in an airstrike while playing on the beach—a tragedy documented in international coverage of the conflict. Jamal’s boat was also destroyed in strikes. “I bought a new one, but I can tell you that this war has totally changed my life for the worse.”

      Still, on the day we spoke to him, the January cold snap had brought schools of sardines closer to shore. His catch that day was the largest he remembers in some time, and he estimated that it would be worth enough to feed his family for at least three months.

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