Veterans Oral History Project


Learn more about the course in this Duke Magazine article and more about professor Michelle Lanier in this NPR interview. 

This is a great video on a similar topic:

A group of veterans participating in Sharon Raynor's oral history project, "Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans," visited Duke classes in History and Documentary Studies on February 21, 2012. Here she talks about the visit with Tom Rankin of the Center for Documentary Studies.
Explore methods of oral history, specifically focusing on interviewing U.S. military veterans who have served during times of conflict. Weekly readings concerning ethics of oral history work and the particulars of interviewing veterans. Learn techniques for conducting successful oral history interviews and master technical skills involving recording equipment. Conduct multiple interviews with veterans throughout semester. Discuss interviews and transcriptions with classmates. Assignments include written responses and a final presentation on conducted interviews. Includes a service-learning component involving work in the community.



Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • HISTORY 381S
  • RIGHTS 317S
Typically Offered
Spring Only