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The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program regularly coordinates public programs to spotlight important research and drive discussion about topics related to oral history. Press kits are available here for the public including event posters, directions, and additional information. News releases publicizing research updates, student and staff accomplishments, and new initiatives are also available.

Upcoming Events

February 28, 2017, Documentary Screening of Love and Solidarity with Professor Mike Honey

News Releases

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Sept. 27

Sep 19th, 2017

Mississippi Freedom Fieldwork Panel Presentation Ustler Hall Wednesday, Sept. 27th 3:00 PM On Wednesday the 27th the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program will host a panel of students to discuss… Read More

SPOHP Open House Scheduled for Sept. 29

Sep 13th, 2017

September 29th from noon to 2 PM, SPOHP is hosting an Open House in the SPOHP office to welcome students and faculty alike to get acquainted with our program, staff and dozens of exciting on… Read More

SPOHP Intern at the Defend DACA/Save TPS Rally at Orlando City Hall

Sep 6th, 2017

SPOHP intern Chelsey Hendry Simmons attended the Defend DACA/Save TPS Rally at Orlando City Hall. The rally was held just one hour after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the… Read More

MCDA’s Anti-Racism Education Week

Sep 5th, 2017

MCDA is proud to present: Anti-Racism Education Week. Come join us as we engage in an event series on anti-racism education, self-care, and education on the first amendment. This is… Read More

2017 Virginia Fieldwork Trip Applications Are Open!

Aug 29th, 2017

For the past three years, a team of student researchers has traveled with SPOHP to the Tidewater region of Virginia to gather over 150 oral histories from watermen, veterans, and… Read More

Jeffrey Pufahl To Transform Interviews from the Women’s March on Washington Trip into a Play

Aug 8th, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that our 2017-2018 visiting scholar is Jeffrey Pufahl, joining us from the UF College of the Arts (UF Center for Arts in Medicine). Currently, he is building… Read More

SPOHP-ed Written by Mississippi Freedom Trip Researchers Published in the Gainesville Sun

Aug 8th, 2017

Marcela Murillo and Chad Chavira participated in our 10th Annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip last month. Check out their op-ed, “Effects of Till’s Murder Still Felt Today,” through which they… Read More

SPOHP Sponsoring the Jacob Lawrence Workshop

Jun 7th, 2017

SPOHP is sponsoring a Jacob Lawrence workshop at the Harn Museum June 24th at 12:30PM, featuring a discussion of Jacob Lawrence’s life and work, and upcoming exhibition, “History, Labor, Life: The… Read More

Fall 2017 Internship Applications Are Now Available

Apr 3rd, 2017

The Fall 2017 Internship Application is now open!  SPOHP’s semester-long academic internship is available to graduate and undergraduate students for credit as an introduction to the field of oral history. The… Read More

Big News: We’re On the Air!

Mar 15th, 2017

Beginning Thursday, March 16th, the SPOHP Radio Hour hits the airwaves DAILY at 8:00 a.m. on WUBA 88.1 FM. Drawing from the 7,500+ interviews in the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program archive… Read More

Chicano Poet Matt Sedillo Brown Bag and Workshop

Mar 15th, 2017

We are excited to announce that SPOHP will be hosting the visit of Chicano slam poet Matt Sedillo during which he will be hosting two public programs on Tuesday March 28th. The first event… Read More

Michael T. Barry Jr.: Nation needs more debates

Feb 15th, 2017

SPOHP’s Michael Barry was featured in the Gainesville Sun in his Op-ed, on the heels of the Sanders-Cruz debate, about the need for more broadcasted Senate debates to enhance public… Read More

Veterans History Project to Hold WWII Event with the Matheson, “Sentimental Journey: World War II Here and Over There,” Nov. 11

Oct 28th, 2015

To celebrate Veterans Day, the public program will include event speakers Dr. Steven Noll and VHP Coordinator Ann Smith, and a multimedia exhibit of memorabilia and oral histories.

SPOHP Earns 2015 Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists

Oct 12th, 2015

SPOHP was recognized for ongoing work documenting community organizing, including the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project (LDAP), newly founded in 2014. Coordinators Génesis Lara and Brittney Mejia accepted the award.

Fieldwork in Folklore Research Trip Returns to Virginia in October 2015

Oct 1st, 2015

Gainesville, FL–This fall, students and staff from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) will return to the Middle Peninsula of Virginia, continuing the Fieldwork in Folklore research trip into… Read More

LDAP Receives National Endowment for the Humanities ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Grant

Aug 28th, 2015

Gainesville, FL—The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and… Read More

OHA Recognizes Freedom Summer Oral History and Library Curation Project with Elizabeth B. Mason Small Project Award

Aug 28th, 2015

The Oral History Association (OHA), the national professional organization for oral history practitioners, will honor the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and George A. Smathers Libraries Mississippi Freedom Summer Oral… Read More

SPOHP To Lead Panels, Sponsor Events and Performances at Oral History Association 2015 Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida

Aug 6th, 2015

The 2015 theme, “Stories for Social Change and Social Justice,” focuses attention on the power of oral history to uncover links between political and cultural change.

UF School of Theatre and Dance to Stage Encore Performance of “Gator Tales” at 2015 Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Tampa

Jul 28th, 2015

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, an encore performance of “Gator Tales” will be performed at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting at the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa, Florida.

SPOHP Releases “Addiction in American Life” Transcripts and Podcasts

Jul 9th, 2015

Gainesville, FL— “Addiction in American Life” resources are now available from the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) online at the University of Florida Digital Collections. The transcripts and podcasts are… Read More

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Receives Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists

Jun 10th, 2015

The award recognizes individuals and institutions for outstanding contributions advancing diversity within the archives profession, and will be presented at a ceremony during the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland August 16-22.

Jody Noll is SPOHP’s 2015 Julian Pleasants Travel Award Scholar

May 22nd, 2015

Gainesville, FL—The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program congratulates Jody Noll, Ph.D. student at Georgia State University, on his receipt of SPOHP’s 2015 Julian Pleasants Travel Award. Noll is writing his… Read More

SPOHP and Cone Park Library Partner for Special Emancipation Day Program May 20, 2015

May 20th, 2015

Gainesville, FL—The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) in conjunction with the Cone Park Library will be hosting a special Emancipation Day program at the Cone Park Library on Wednesday,… Read More

Documenting the Ethnic Studies Struggle through Oral History Field Work Trip: A Collaboration between Prescott College and the University of Florida

Feb 26th, 2015

Press Release For Immediate Release Documenting the Ethnic Studies Struggle through Oral History Field Work Trip: A Collaboration between Prescott College and the University of Florida February 26, 2015, Throughout February… Read More

March 5 Tucson Ethnic Studies Research Trip Panel Event: “Documenting the Ethnic Studies Struggles through Oral History” at Prescott College

Feb 26th, 2015

Press Release For Immediate Release February 13, 2015, On March 5, 2015 at the Western Institute for Leadership Development at 6:00pm Prescott College and Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at… Read More

SPOHP, Lees-McRae Form Partnership for Appalachian Oral History Field Research Event

Dec 19th, 2014

Gainesville, FL—On February 5, 2015, UF CLAS undergraduate and graduate students will leave for Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina in the company of staff from the Samuel Proctor… Read More

Inaugural SPOHP Folklore and History in Virginia Team to Launch in October

Oct 25th, 2014

Gainesville, FL—From October 21-26, 2014, UF history students will travel to eastern Virginia to discuss folklore, traditional crafts, and rural development with residents of Mathews and Middlesex Counties. The inaugural… Read More

Event Now Available Online for Rabbis’ Return to St. Augustine, FL in Commemoration of Civil Rights Mass Arrest

Sep 15th, 2014

News Release Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP), University of Florida, September 12, 2014 Event Now Available Online for Rabbis’ Return to St. Augustine, FL in Commemoration of Civil Rights… Read More

SLSA now accepting essay submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize

Apr 28th, 2014

The Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) announces the Robert H. Zieger Prize for the best essay in Southern Labor Studies. This prize has been established with the cooperation of the Zieger family and… Read More

Calvin McGhee Cultural Authority of Poarch Creek Indians Utilizes Oral Histories from Partnership with SPOHP

Oct 23rd, 2013

Gainesville, FL—The Poarch Creek Project at the Samuel Project Oral History Program at the University of Florida, which focused on the digitization of oral histories conducted with the Poarch Creek… Read More

Past Events

March 13, 2013, Stephanie Coontz and “The Feminine Mystique” at UF

September 17-22, 2013, The 6th Annual Mississippi Delta Research Trip

September 19, 2013, “Violence, Non-violence, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965” Civil Rights History Panel at Delta State University

October 1, 2013, “Siempre Adelante” Official Premiere

October 22, 2013, “Stetson Kennedy: Re-imagining Justice in the 21st Century”

December 4, 2013, “SPOHP in the Delta: 6th Annual Student Panel” at the Civic Media Center

January 15, 2014, “Trouble the Water” Film Screening & Symposium on Landmark Hurricane Katrina Film with Producer Tia Lessin at UF

March 12, 2014, “The Florida Civil Rights Struggle: Past & Present” Panel and Multimedia Presentation, featuring the African American History Project

March 12, 2014, “Scott Camil: Resistance & Liberation”

April 9, 2014, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program Workshop

April 17, 2014: Brown Bag Lunch with Liz Coursen, “Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida”

June 17, 2014: “Justice, Justice 1964” St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Honors 50th Anniversary of Mass Rabbi Arrest for Civil Rights Demonstrations

February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” with the UF School of Theatre & Dance

  • From February 13 to 22, 2015, the UF School of Theatre and Dance will perform a new drama entitled Gator Tales, an original play devised and directed by Professor Kevin Marshall in conjunction with the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP). This is the first time that interviews from the SPOHP collection have been adapted to a full-length theatrical production. Inspired by the unique experiences of African American students at the University of Florida, from the first students who attended more than 50 years ago to members of the current student body, Gator Tales dramatizes honored stories from SPOHP’s African American History Project archive. This live theatre performance brings vividly to life the voices of local people who struggled for civil rights and the generations that followed.
  • Featured voices include: Joel Buchanan, Ron Coleman, Bernard Hicks, Thomas Holland Fay, Joseph McCloud, Maime Lee Leath, Evelyn Moore Mickle, Stephan Mickle, Leitha Nichols, David Padgett, Laura Scott Reaves, Samuel Taylor, Gladys Thompson, and Albert White.
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” Event Listing and Admission
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” Event Poster
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” News Release (SPOHP)
  • February 13-22, 2015, “Gator Tales” New Release (UF College of the Arts)

February 28-March 8, 2015, Tucson Ethnic Studies Research Trip to Arizona with Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project

May 20, 2015, Emancipation Day Celebration with Cone Park Library

  • The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP), in conjunction with the Cone Park Library, will be hosting a special Emancipation Day program at the Cone Park Library on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 pm. The program is designed for children ages K-6 but is open to all. Attendees will learn the history of Emancipation Day in Florida, including crafting miniature maypoles of their own. The program will conclude with a mini-parade on the Cone Park Library lawn to commemorate Emancipation Day. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • May 20, 2015, SPOHP and Cone Park Library Partner for Special Emancipation Day Program Press Release

September 3, 2015, Pops for SPOHP: A Benefit at First Magnitude Brewing Company

October 15, 2015, Oral History Association and “Gator Tales” Encore Performance

November 11, 2015, “Sentimental Journey: World War II Here and Over There”

For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today.

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