Refugee Lives Oral History Project, 2015-2022

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Kalow, Nancy and Duke University. Center for Documentary Studies
Oral histories, transcriptions, videos, and fieldnotes created by students in Doc Studies 321S-01/ AMES 320S at Duke University/Center for Documentary Studies, 2015-2022. The courses were facilitated by CDS Faculty member Nancy Kalow, AMES faculty member miriam cooke, and AMES faculty member Maha Houssami.
834 Files (Electronic documents, including Microsoft Word files, JPG files, MP3 files, Apple MOV files, MP4 files, M4A files, and Adobe PDF files.)
31 Gigabytes
Materials in English, Arabic, Aramaic.
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Forty oral history interviews created by students in the Duke University course AMES 320S, in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, led by instructors Nancy Kalow, Maha Houssami, and Miriam Cooke. Interviewees included refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and Syria. Interviews were conducted in person and via Skpe. Interviews were in English or translated to English, and students transcribed the audio and wrote fieldnotes. The public-facing edited versions (approximately four minutes each) of the interviews were posted on Duke Service-Learning's Arabic Communities website.

Acquisition information:
The Refugee Lives Oral History Project was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022.
Processing information:

Processed by Craig Breaden, December 2015, February 2018, May 2020, March 2022.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0194 2018-0083, 2022-0029, 2023-0076.


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Refugees -- Sudan
Refugees -- Iraq
Refugees -- Syria
Audiovisual materials
Oral histories


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