Student Oral Historians to Conduct Research in Fairfax and Glenville

Ms. Delores Lynch, Director of Senior Outreach Services  in Fairfax, is pictured here with a painting of Langston Hughes by artist Neal Hamilton.

Ms. Delores Lynch, Director of Senior Outreach Services in Fairfax, is pictured here with a painting of writer Langston Hughes. The painting by artist Neal Hamilton hangs in the SOS reception area. (Regennia N. Williams, photographer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am pleased to report that I will be working with Dr. Mark Souther and three undergraduate research assistants on “Oral History, Mobile Curation, and African American Memory in Cleveland’s Fairfax and Glenville Communities” during the summer of 2014.

 

This Cleveland State University grant-funded project will be conducted under the auspices of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, for which Dr. Souther serves as director.  We held our first meeting with prospective community partners and interviewees at the Senior Outreach Services Center in Fairfax.  The Fairfax research promises to be especially fruitful, since the community recently announced plans for its year-long centennial celebration of Karamu House, where works by playwright Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and other theatre legends are frequently staged.

 

For more information on the work of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, please visit http://csudigitalhumanities.org/.

 

You can also visit the Cleveland Chautauqua blog throughout the summer for updates on the oral history research.

 

— Dr. Regennia N. Williams

 

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