Reading Across RI: Oral History Workshop with Marta Martinez

Saturday, April 18, 2015

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Conference Room (3rd Floor)

Sat, 2015-04-18 10:00 - 12:00

Reading Across RI: Oral History Workshop with Marta Martinez

People who have “made history” often say that they were not thinking of making history, but were just going through daily life. Sheldon Horowitz, the main character of Norwegian By Night, falls into this category. But, as we learn, Sheldon, a Korean war sniper, watchmaker, husband, father and New Yorker is as unique as his experiences. As he ages, Sheldon encourages the preservation and understanding of his character by telling stories. In her discussion, Marta V. Martinez will offer a hands-on workshop on how to listen and collect community and family oral histories. Learning useful interviewing techniques, the best recording equipment to use and how to make the information you gather useful, attendees will discover how to cherish and preserve memories of family members who have experienced – and made – history.

Biography: Marta V. Martinez is currently the Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts. She is the former Executive Director of the Hispanic Social Services Association (HSSA) of Rhode Island and the founding Director of the Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy (CHisPA) (1989 – 1995). From 2010 to 2014 she was the Communications Director at Progreso Latino in Central Falls. She is the co-founder of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs and founder of César Chávez Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic heritage Committee of Rhode Island. In 2008, Martinez helped co-found and serves on the Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities(CASO), raising awareness on behalf of undocumented students in the search of higher education opportunities. She has served as an advisor on a number of statewide boards and commissions on the needs of Latinos in Rhode Island, focusing on areas ranging from health, education & employment to the arts, culture, heritage and interpreting services. Marta currently serves on the board of the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

Today's event is a product of the partnership between the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' EnRICHment Program and the RI Center for the Book's Reading Across Rhode Island. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

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