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Join CCE in an Outreach & Oral History Project

The COVID-19 crisis impacts us all, but it doesn’t impact us equally. Seniors, already at risk of chronic loneliness, will suffer more and longer from the social isolation physical distancing entails. All across the world, people have organized to deliver groceries, prescription medication, and hot meals to isolated seniors. But we also need dedicated volunteers to provide meaningful human connection, preserve the histories of our elders, and amplify the voices of those more talked about than heard.

Northwestern’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), in partnership with bioGraph LLC (co-founded by Aaron Greenberg ’17 PhD, is launching an intergenerational storytelling project and wants YOU to be part of it. Using an adapted form of bioGraph’s process for life-writing, volunteers will interview seniors by phone and document their stories. This outreach will serve to disrupt social isolation and weave intergenerational bonds as well as create primary sources to be shared both with the interviewee and through an online, publicly-accessible story map. Join CCE to:

  • Get training in how to conduct & transcribe an oral history from the founders of bioGraph LLC
  • Learn from the rich life experience of an elder. Choose your own interviewee or we can help match you with an elder in Evanston.
  • Give your interviewee a gift that can be passed down for generations
  • Contribute to a multi-lingual archive reflecting the voices of senior citizens from across the world

Interested? Fill out a brief intake form and we’ll invite you to a training, or email Ruth Curry, CCE’s postdoctoral trainee with questions. Volunteers from all disciplines and walks of life are invited to participate; international students, multilingual students, & students interested in the public/digital humanities are especially welcome.

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