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Building understanding one book at a time

24 Oct

Back in 2009, oral historian Anne Marie Pois interviewed three of the founders of Reading to End Racism (RER), a non-profit group in Boulder County that sends trained readers into the schools to read specially chosen books to students that stimulate conversations about discrimination and overcoming it. 

This week we release “Reading to End Racism: Building understanding one book at a time,” an “MROHP Short” produced by Jenna Woods, that distills that interview into an engaging and inspiring introduction to the program.

This video features founders Ghada Elturk, Jean Gore, and Daniel Escalante talking about efforts to make Boulder “a racism-free zone,” experiences in their own lives that sensitized them to issues of racism, what it means to become an ally of those who experience discrimination, and how RER creates change through its effect on both readers and students.

As Daniel Escalante says,

It’s through stories that we can begin to learn about each other, understand each other, begin to have compassion for each other. It’s hard to discriminate against somebody that you care about.

Watch “Reading to End Racism: Building understanding one book at a time” here or on YouTube.

No place to hide and no days off

15 Aug


Pro Challenge photo

Two years ago, Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, talked with Richard Kiefer in an interview that was broadcast on radio station KGNU’s program “A Public Affair.” The interview was donated to our oral history program for archiving. With this year’s Pro Cycling Challenge just around the corner–it runs from August 18-24 this year–we thought the public might enjoy learning more about this 7-day, grueling stage race that attracts top professional cyclists from all over the world. As Shawn Hunter says in the interview, this race is described as one in which “there is no place to hide and no days off.”

You can listen to the complete interview here in which Shawn Hunter talks about the origin of the event, the national and international competitors, the route, the funding and organization, the appeal of cycling in general, and Colorado’s unique role in national and international cycling because of the physical challenges inherent in the race.

The last stage of this year’s race will come through Boulder on August 24. See the complete schedule here.


We’re All Over the Internet

4 Feb

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We have a new brochure about all the ways to experience the Maria Rogers Oral History Program interviews on the internet. For example, did you know that:

  • there are two playlists of Maria Rogers Oral History Program interview videos on the Boulder Public Library’s YouTube channel: MROHP Shorts and MROHP Interviews? Play one or play them all!
  • We have oral history podcasts on our own iTunes page?
  • You can print out a form to order your own copies of oral histories?

And, of course, you can visit our online archive 24/7.

And you can read (and even subscribe to) this blog.

Read all about it in this new brochure:

OH Access Brochure 2014

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