Messin' in the Kitchen"

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 2650 N. Wahl Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53211 (North Point Lighthouse)

"Messin' in the Kitchen":
New Possibilities for Community Public/Oral History in the Digital Age

Lecture by Michael H. Frisch, Professor of American Studies and History and Senior Research Scholar at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo

Contact Associate Professor Arijit Sen for more information about lecture.

Lecture Summary: Michael Frisch makes an argument that digital tools and approaches present exciting opportunities for community oral and public history, especially when mobilized in support of reinvigorated activity in public space rather than the fragmentation of private consumption in cyberspace.

Bio: Michael Frisch is Professor of American Studies and History and Senior Research Scholar at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He has also established The Randforce Associates, in SUNY Buffalo's Technology Incubator to advance oral history scholarship and public practice in the digital age. Since its founding in 2002, Randforce Associates has been using new digital media tools to "put the oral back in Oral History"--to mobilize the power of voice and image for professional, community, institutional, family, and research applications. Frisch was past president of the Oral History Association, American Studies Association, and a former editor of the Oral History Review . His publications include Portraits In Steel, (with photographer Milton Rogovin) (Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1993), A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft And Meaning of Oral and Public History (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990) and Town into City: Springfield, Massachusetts and the Meaning of Community, 1840-1880 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press).

About the Field School The Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures (BLC) collaborative project at UW Milwaukee and Madison is an interdisciplinary research track concentrating on the examination of the physical, cultural, and social aspects of our built environment. The program serves students enrolled in UW Milwaukee and Madison campuses with diverse research interests, including urban and architectural history, cultural landscapes, urban and rural vernacular architecture, material culture, public history, and environmental history. Fieldwork is an important aspect of this program and a cross-campus fieldwork school is a special offering of this project. The BLC summer field school provides students an immersion experience in the field recording of the built environment and cultural landscapes and an opportunity to learn how to write history literally “from the ground up.” The BLC field school won the 2013 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. This year, the BLC Field School focuses on the ethics of ecological stewardship and historic preservation practiced in the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood (HWTN) of Milwaukee. Nationally recognized faculty directing portions of this school include Jeffrey E. Klee , Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Anna Andrzejewski , Associate Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael H. Frisch , Professor and Senior Research Scholar, University at Buffalo, Jasmine Alinder , Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Michael Gordon , Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Erin Dorbin , photographer, historian and community organizer. The field school is directed by Associate Professor Arijit Sen , Department of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee