The Oral History Centre is committed to creative community development through offering workshops that meet the needs of a diverse community interested in oral history. Throughout their careers, Dr. Reilly and Dr. Freund have individually given many oral history workshops for K-12 teachers, union members, and community groups, and have had ongoing consultation with students, faculty, and other researchers on oral history methods, research project design, equipment, and best practices in oral history. In 2012, Dr. Freund and Dr. Reilly made workshops for community and university researchers a core service of the OHC.


Staff at the Oral History Centre oversee the continued development and organization of the Oral History Centre’s workshops, which include programming for researchers, students, and community members alike. In addition to these public workshops, the Oral History Centre has also designed and organized workshops for major research projects and for professional organizations. The OHC also hosts many oral history related seminars, symposiums and conferences which provide venues for public presentation of student research, community oral history projects and guest lectures by prominent oral historians.


The Oral History Centre frequently co-sponsors events with the H. Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History, a fellowship which supports historians of Canada to visit the university to share their knowledge of Canada with the university and broader community.


Click on any title below to view events at the Oral History Centre.

  • Joe Martin University of Winnipeg
    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 19:00

    Canada’s National History Society and UWinnipeg’s Oral History Centre presents the Sanford Riley Fellowship Lecture:

    From Wall Street to Bay Street: Comparative Financial History of the United States and Canada since the Late Eighteen Century

    Lecture by Joe Martin, Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management, Executive in Residence, Rotman School of Management at the University of...

  • WPL
    Monday, October 5, 2015 - 19:00
    The Oral History Centre in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library Present:
    Oral History: Navigating Storytelling in the Digital Age
    What is oral history? What does oral history have to do with storytelling? Why are so many of us eager to share stories of ourselves or collect those of our families? Join us as we explore...
  • Riley Lecture Portelli
    Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 19:00

    H. Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History Presents: "On the Uses of Memory," a lecture by Riley Fellow Dr. Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American Literature, University of Rome.

    Thursday, October 1st, 7:00p.m.

    Acknowledged internationally as the most influential oral historian of the last quarter century, Professor Portelli will explore studies of memory and oral...

  • International Workshop Schedule
    Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 19:00 to Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 21:00

    The Oral History Centre invites faculty, students, and the community to an international workshop it is hosting 1-3 October on current oral history.


    Please mark October 1-3 in your calendar to join us at the OHC in an interdisciplinary focus on the principles and practices in oral history, from theoretical concerns to research methods. Ethical questions related to interviewing...

  • On the Uses of Memory
    Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 19:00
    U of W, Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, 3rd Floor Centennial Hall
    H. Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History Presents:
    On the Uses of Memory
    A Lecture by Riley Fellow Dr. Alessandro Portelli,
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

    After the Interview: Workflow, Transcription & Organizing Your Project

    May 21st, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee: $20


    This workshop covers strategies for processing oral history interviews and explores the advantages of creating textual documents to accompany oral history recordings. The emphasis of this workshop is on methods and tools for...

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 18:00 to 21:00

    Digital Audio Recording

    May 14th, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

    Registration Fee: $20


    This oral history workshop provides the basic skills and knowledge needed to produce high quality audio recordings of oral history interviews suitable for archiving and producing creative audio projects like radio documentaries and podcasts. This workshop is one in a series...

  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 17:30 to 21:30

    Introduction To Oral History

    May 7th, 5:30–9:30 p.m. 

    Registration Fee: $25


    This oral history workshop delves into the practice of oral history. It provides an overview of the underlying principles of oral history and the practical aspects of beginning an oral history project, including how to plan a project and interviewing methods. This...

  • Founding amnesias: the fight against bondage and genocide from the   American Revolution to Africville and Ferguson Poster
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:30 to 14:00

    Black History Month Celebration


    Dr. Alan Gilbert

    John Evans

    Professor Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    University of Denver  


    Founding amnesias: the fight against bondage and genocide from the American Revolution to Africville and Ferguson  

    Wednesday, February 11th...

  • Riley Fellowship scholar, Stacey Zembrzycki event poster
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:00 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 19:00

    Riley Fellowship scholar, Stacey Zembrzycki , of Concordia University, will be visiting the Oral History Centre this February. All are invited to attend an afternoon seminar on February 24th as well a public lecture on the evening of  February 25th.



    Telling Interview Stories: Turning Experiences into Narratives



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