Back to All Events

Oral History with Suzanne Snider


Oral History with Suzanne Snider

Please join Suzanne Snider, Founder/Director of Oral History Summer School, as she explains how oral history methods and theory support deep listening, collaborative ethnography, problem solving and a framework of mutuality, offering a set of tools applicable within and beyond the field of oral history.


suzanne snyder.jpg

Suzanne Snider

Suzanne is a writer, documentarian and educator whose work is deeply influenced by oral history theory and practice. Recent projects include sound installation, essays and archive design. In 2012, she founded Oral History Summer School in Hudson, New York to explore experimental and nontraditional applications of oral history. Snider also operates OHSS as a mobile classroom to bring this training--most recently--to Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Chicago, Kosovo National Library, Jesse Brown VA Hospital and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine (Brown University).

Her writing/audio work can be found in The Guardian, The Believer, The Washington Post, BOMB, among other publications, and is also included in several anthologies and artist catalogues. She has received support for her writing and oral history projects from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Radcliffe Institute/Schlesinger Library. She is the recipient of two grants from the Mellon Foundation (2019, 2020) with collaborator Allison Lichter to found and direct the Trauma and Journalism Workgroup for journalists/documentarians reporting on violence and trauma. After receiving an MFA (nonfiction) from Columbia University (2003) as a Hertog Fellow, she pseudonymously published a book with Grove Press in 2004 (reprinted by Random House Japan 2005). Currently, she teaches at the New School University. She is completing a book about a divided commune in Middle America and an oral history project centered on radical feminist presses and lesbian separatists (1960-1985).