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Oral history conference set for April 29 (Released: 3/24/00)

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STORRS, Conn. -- Oral history and public history will be the topic of a half-day conference featuring two of the leaders in the national oral history movement, to be held on April 29 in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. The event begins at 9 a.m.

Featured speakers are prominent oral historians Anne and Donald Ritchie. Anne Ritchie will discuss oral history and public history at the National Gallery of Art, where she works as an archivist; her husband, Donald, will discuss oral history and public history at the U.S. Senate Historical Office, where he works as an associate historian.

Following the talks by the Ritchies, there will be a panel discussion, "Doing Oral History in Public Places." In addition to the Ritchies, panelists include: David Glassber, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts; Susan Hay, curator of costume and textiles at the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design; Betty Hoffman, a member of the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and a member of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford; and Mary Witkowski, head of the historical collections at Bridgeport Public Library.

A buffet lunch in the ballroom of The Lewis B. Rome Commons follows the conference at 1 p.m.

Registration is required and begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the conference. It is also possible to pre-register. For non-students, the registration fee is $15 per person before April 21 and $20 per person after April 21 and at the door. For students the registration fee is $5. Lunch is an additional $12. To obtain a registration form or for more information call Martha McCormick at (860) 486-4582.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Oral History, the Department of History and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, in conjunction with the New England Association of Oral History.

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