Dr. Charles Hardy III Lecture

Connecting Classrooms and Communities

Connecting Classrooms and Communities: Student Engagement Through Oral History and Digital Media with Dr. Charles Hardy III


Dr. Charles Hardy III, Professor of History at West Chester University (Pennsylvania), is a pioneer in oral history and new media. We welcome him to UWinnipeg to give the 2018 Bonnycastle Lecture, entitled “Connecting Classrooms and Communities: Student Engagement Through Oral History and Digital Media.”


Dr. Hardy has decades of experience producing radio, video, and web-based documentaries. He has been awarded numerous honours, including the prestigious Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. Notable work of his includes Goin’ North and I Can Almost See the Lights of Home. He is currently working on a multi-institution, student-built, cross-generational, interview-based history of immigration in Philadelphia.



Date: Tuesday, October 16


Time: 6:00 p.m.


Location: Oral History Centre, Bryce Hall, 2B23.



About the talk

The media convergence and new forms of collaborative scholarship forecast in the early years of the digital revolution are now coming of age. In this presentation, Dr. Charles Hardy III will talk about the transformations in oral history practice since the 1970s, and how free, constantly improving open-source tools enable classroom/archive/community collaborations that engage students in all facets of oral history practice, from research and field work through curation and the authoring of collaborative digital storytelling projects. Dr. Hardy will share a history of the multi-award winning website Goin’ North: Stories from the First Great Migration to Philadelphia and introduce its sequel, Philadelphia Immigration.


Dr. Hardy's publications on oral history include: “Connecting the Classroom and the Archive: Oral History, Pedagogy, & Goin’ North,” with Janneken Smucker (lead author) and Doug Boyd, Oral History in the Digital Age (2017); “Aural History, the Digital Revolution, and the Making of I Can Almost See the Lights of Home: A Field Trip to Harlan County Kentucky” in Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement (2014); “Painting in Sound: Aural History and Audio Art,” in Oral History: The Challenges of Dialogue (2009); “Authoring in Sound: Aural History, Radio, and the Digital Revolution,” in The Oral History Reader, 2nd edition (2006); “A People’s History of Industrial Philadelphia: Reflections on Community Oral History and the Uses of the Past,” Oral History Review 33:1 (Winter/Spring 2006); “Oral History in Sound and Moving Image Documentaries,” (with Pamela Dean) Handbook of Oral History (2006); and “Prodigal Sons, Trap Doors, and Painted Women: Reflections on Life Stories, Urban Legends, and Aural History,” Oral History 29:1 (Spring 2001).