Palestinian Oral History Project, 2017-2020

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Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies and Kalow, Nancy
Oral history interviews with Palestinian students and artists, created by Duke students for the course AMES 204FS, "Documenting the Middle East," taught by Nancy Kalow.
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241 Files
Materials in English.
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Seventeen oral history interviews with students and artists from Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora, created by classes led by instructor Nancy Kalow between 2017 and 2020. For each interview, students in the class created notes and transcripts, as well as 4-minute audio projects distilled from the interviews, for a Duke Service-Learning website, "Arabic Communities:" The interviewees shared stories of their daily lives, cultural traditions, Palestinian identity, experiences living in refugee camps, their educational experiences, family stories, observations and stories about living under occupation, and their personal and professional interests and activities.

Biographical / historical:

The Palestinian Oral History Project collection was created by classes taught by Nancy Kalow, a Lecturing Fellow at Duke University and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies. The collection is closely tied to two other collections created through projects and classes directed by Kalow: the Refugee Lives Oral History Project and the Palestinian Student Films.

Acquisition information:
The Palestinian Oral History Project collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2020, 2022.
Processing information:

Processed by Craig Breaden, August 2020, March 2022.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2020-0053.


Arrangement is chronological by class year and then alphabetical by interviewee name.

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Human Rights -- Palestine
Palestine -- Social conditions
Refugee camps -- Palestine
Arab-Israeli conflict
Audiovisual materials
Oral histories


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