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Video: Alternatives to Violence

20 Dec

“ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE CONTINUE TO BE MY LIFE’S WORK,” says Jean Gore, who on December 11, 2010, was the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s award for “Lifetime Commitment for Peace and Justice.”

Born in 1925, Jean Gore says that trying to make things better in the world has been a way of life for her.  In particular, she has spent much of her life trying to create a culture of peace internationally–through work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Peace Brigades in Central America; and the Reading to End Racism program in Boulder; to name just a few of her dozens of involvements over many decades.

Earlier this year, Ms. Gore created a short video with students in Kayann Short’s “Activist Archive Digital Storytelling Project,” a service learning project for Dr. Kayann Short’s course, “Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Issues through Service.”  You can view the video, “Alternatives to Violence,” here or on the Boulder Library’s YouTube channel.

The oral history program also has four interviews with Ms. Gore in our oral history digital archive.

The Gift of Nonviolence

17 May

LAST WEEK, our oral history program was fortunate enough to receive a donation of three videos that use techniques pioneered by the Center for Digital Storytelling to create a visually dynamic, emotionally engaging way to share personal stories.

This week, we’d like to share with you the first of those digital storytelling videos. “The Gift of Nonviolence” is Dr. LeRoy Moore’s moving account of how an abusive childhood taught him an important lesson about nonviolence, which later shaped his career. Dr. Moore went on to teach courses in nonviolent social change at the University of Colorado and used nonviolence to work for the closure and cleanup of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant.

To create this video, Dr. Moore worked with students of Dr. Kayann Short’s class “Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Issues through Service.”  This video is archived on The Memory Box Project site online (www.colorado.edu/memorybox) and at the Boulder Library’s Carnegie Branch Library for Local History. The Boulder Library will be exploring more uses of Digital Storytelling in the coming year.

To hear longer interviews with Dr. Moore and many others about Rocky Flats, visit www.boulderlibrary.org/oralhistory.

Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant: See the Movie, Hear the Interviews

16 Apr

Two members of our oral history program traveled to the Southwest Oral History Association conference last week to give a presentation about our collection of oral histories about the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant. You can watch an introductory movie about the stories of Rocky Flats here: http://vimeo.com/10986262

Rocky Flats, located on the outskirts of Denver, was a key part of the nuclear weapons complex charged with implementing the nuclear deterrence policy of the United States in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. The plant, opened in the early 1950s, manufactured the plutonium pit that is the explosive detonator of a hydrogen bomb.

Initially, the plant was greeted as a boon to the regional economy. Workers at all levels flocked to the plant: it was at the leading edge of Continue reading

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